One of the oldest and most treasured traditions of William Smith College, the annual Moving Up Day ceremony will bring together members of the HWS community to recognize the many achievements of William Smith students, as well as induct new members to the Hai Timiai and Laurel honor societies.
This year, Moving Up Day will be celebrated on Friday, April 24. Students will gather at 4:15 p.m. on William Smith Hill where seniors will lead a procession of the classes. The ceremony will commence at 4:30 p.m. on the Stern Lawn. Students, alums, staff and faculty are invited to take part in the annual celebration.
In annual fashion, the ceremony recognizes each class as they “move up” to fill the vacancy left by the class ahead of them – starting with William Smith seniors ceding their place to the juniors upon graduation.
Each year, the William Smith custom begins when students gather at the top of the Hill and proceed to the event carrying their class banners.
Students are encouraged to wear their class colors to the event in order to display, support and honor their class membership. The Class of 2018 is green, representing fidelity and friendship; the Class of 2015 is blue, meaning faith and hope; the Class of 2016 is yellow, symbolizing loyalty and joy; and the Class of 2017 is red, for respect and passion.
In honor of Moving Up Day this week, Saga also will serve specially prepared William Smith cupcakes on Thursday, April 23. Cupcakes will be decorated with each class’s selected color. On April 24, cupcakes displaying green and white will be served.
For more information about William Smith traditions, visit: http://www.hws.edu/academics/ws_deans_traditions.aspx.