Moving Up Day, one of the oldest and most treasured traditions of William Smith College, will be held on Friday, April 27, in the tent on Stern Lawn. The event celebrates academic achievement as members of each class prepare to “move up” to the vacancy left behind by the class a year ahead of them, starting with the seniors ceding their place to the juniors upon graduation. Students are encouraged to wear their class colors. The class colors are blue for first years, green for sophomores, red for juniors and yellow for seniors.
“In addition to new awards and the gifting of a tiny, emblematic of William Smith memento for all attendees, William Smith will acknowledge the expansion of our support for women’s education beyond William Smith College,” explains William Smith Dean Susanne McNally. “Called ‘Women Moving Women Up!,’ we will celebrate the empowerment of women, through women, by women, and we are all very excited about it.”
Recognizing 28 different organizations, including William Smith sports teams, community organizations and HWS clubs, this newest endeavor will acknowledge the hard work and dedication of each of these campus organizations to empower women through education in both the campus and greater Geneva community.
The event will begin at 4 p.m., when the senior class will lead the traditional procession of classes down William Smith Hill to Bristol Gym. Following the traditional welcome by Dean of William Smith Susanne McNally, the ceremony will include the presentation of various awards from each academic arena: humanities, social sciences and the natural sciences. The Board of Trustees, the Dean’s Office, Alumnae Relations, Hai Timiai, the Druids, William Smith Congress and Phi Beta Kappa will also award prizes for academic achievement, service and character. Moving Up Day will feature the sharing of class legacies, the introduction of new student leaders, and musical performances by the female a capella group, Three Miles Lost.
The new members of both Hai Timiai and the Laurel Society will also be introduced. Hai Timiai is the senior honor society comprised of William Smith women who possess outstanding achievements in scholarship, leadership, character and service. The new members of Hai Timiai are selected by outgoing senior members. The Laurel Society is the junior honor society, comprised of women who have demonstrated a solid commitment to the community, leadership ability, social awareness and academic achievement.
Following the Moving Up Day ceremony, students, friends, families, alumnae, staff, administrators and faculty are invited to a reception in the neighboring tent beginning immediately following the ceremony.