The annual Moving Up Day ceremony brings together members of the HWS community to recognize the academic, service and leadership achievements of William Smith students and celebrate each class as they move up to the next.
This year’s Moving Up Day events will be held on Friday, April 29. In the annual tradition, students will gather at 4:15 p.m. on the Hill where seniors, carrying their class banners, will lead a procession to Stern Lawn, where the ceremony will commence at 4:30 p.m. Students, alums, staff and faculty are invited to take part in the celebration, one of William Smith Colleges’ oldest and most treasured traditions.
With the passing of the garland from seniors to juniors, the Moving Up Day ceremony recognizes each class as they “move up” to fill the vacancy left by the class ahead of them. In addition to an awards presentation, the new members of the Hai Timiai and Laurel honor societies are recognized. The celebration will also include performances by a cappella groups 3 Miles Lost, Chorale and Perfect Third.
Students are encouraged to wear their class colors to display their class membership. The Class of 2019 is blue, representing faith and hope; 2018 is green, for fidelity and friendship; the Class of 2017 is red, meaning respect and passion; and the Class of 2016 is yellow, symbolizing loyalty and joy.
For more information about William Smith traditions, visit: http://www.hws.edu/academics/ws_deans_traditions.aspx.