For the 34th year, graduating women will gather for the annual William Smith Alumnae Association’s Senior Welcome on Friday, May 13 at 4 p.m. The ceremony will begin at the historic William Smith Hill where attendees will honor the 100th graduating class with the planting of a tree to honor the College’s founder and local nurseryman, William Smith. The Class of 2011 will then process to the Scandling Campus Center patio in a tradition that celebrates William Smith and welcomes a new generation of women into the William Smith alumnae community.
Once the Class has processed down the Hill, the Senior Welcome will feature remarks from Trustee Adele Schlotzhauer ’83, chief human resources officer for Confidential in Boston, Mass., as the alumna speaker. Schlotzhauer, a dedicated and involved alumna, earned her B.A. in political science from William Smith. She was a member of Hai Timiai and William Smith Congress during her time at HWS. Prior to her position at Confidential, Schlotzhauer worked for prestigious organizations such as Boston Properties, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Bank of Boston and Deloitte & Touche LLP.
Also joining the tradition will be student speaker Kelly Biggs ’11. Currently serving as the Senior Class President, Biggs will address her fellow classmates during the Senior Week event, which she helped to plan.
Following the words of William Smith women past and present, members of the Class of 2011 will each be presented with a pine treasure box, symbolic of William Smith’s deep love and respect for the natural world, and toast to their sisters in the William Smith Alumnae Association.
The William Smith Centennial was celebrated in 2008. More information about the William Smith Centennial can be found at: http://www.hws.edu/centennial/index.asp