Two of the most anticipated events of the spring — William Smith College’s Moving Up Day and Hobart College’s Charter Day — were celebrated online this year for the first time in HWS history.
Adhering to social distancing protocols, the HWS community commemorated these annual milestones through websites and virtual events.
Moving Up Day is one of the oldest traditions of William Smith College. Traditionally, a gathering is held in a tent on Stern Lawn to celebrate the many accomplishments of students, “moving up” classes to the next year and wishing seniors well in their next chapter. This year, the event was held virtually so that students could celebrate together with the Hobart and William Smith community from around the globe.
“This is always a joyous occasion and we are going to make the most of it, even if we are joining together from around the world,” William Smith Dean Lisa Kaenzig P’22 said in her remarks to students, faculty, alumnae and families. She noted that even though an online ceremony was not what anyone expected, “we will still celebrate together this annual tradition of seniors passing their legacy down to the juniors and each class moving up to their new role.”
Kaenzig was joined by Assistant Dean Lisa Salter, Assistant Dean Kelly Payne, William Smith Alumnae Association President Julie Bazan ’93 and three seniors, all members of the Hai Timiai honor society — Emma Consoli ’20, Maya Weber ’20 and Xiaojin Lin ’20 — in presenting this year’s awards. A complete list of winners can be found on the Moving Up Day website.
One of Hobart’s largest annual celebrations, Charter Day is held each spring to commemorate the granting of Hobart’s charter by New York State on April 10, 1822. Awards are given to Hobart students in recognition of their academic achievements, community service and leadership, and new members of the Orange Key, Chimera and Druid societies are honored.
In a video on the Charter Day website, current Dean of Hobart College and Associate Professor of Education Khuram Hussain explains that “in recognizing the birthday of Hobart College, we are also recognizing what makes it worth celebrating.” He went on to say that Bishop Hobart “envisioned a college where people would arrive from different communities to create a new community of their own.”
The Charter Day website features videos from Assistant Dean David Mapstone ’93, P’21, Assistant Dean Joseph Mink, Adam Farid ’20 and Paul Wasmund ’07, member of the Hobart Alumni Association Executive Committee, as well as a list of awards and winners.