Celebrating Spring Traditions – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Celebrating Spring Traditions

This month, join Hobart and William Smith in honoring the institution’s history and the accomplishments of current students during two of the Colleges’ most cherished traditions.

Each spring, Hobart and William Smith recognize student excellence at the Charter Day and Moving Up Day celebrations, with the presentation of leadership and service awards and the induction of the newest members of the Colleges’ honors societies. While the Blackwell-Hale Awards, announced here in April, honor students’ outstanding academic accomplishments, both Moving Up Day and Charter Day celebrate longstanding College-specific awards and traditions.

This year’s events will be celebrated virtually with video tributes featuring HWS Deans, alums and student leaders. Ludwig P. Gaines ’88, president of the Hobart Alumni Association and principal at the Gaines Group Consulting, will deliver the annual Charter Day address. Moving Up Day speakers include William Smith Dean Lisa Kaenzig P’22, joined by William Smith Congress, as well as Assistant Deans Kelly Payne and Lisa Salter, Director of Alumni and Alumnae Relations Chevy DeVaney ’95, P’21, P’23 and current members of the Hai Timiai honors society.

HWS community members are invited to view a list of the award recipients and honor societies inductees and to join the HWS Deans in sending their congratulations.




Charter Day commemorates the granting of Hobart’s charter by the State of New York on April 10, 1822. On Charter Day, new members of the Orange Key, Chimera and Druid societies are honored, joining the ranks of two centuries of student leadership.

On Moving Up Day, which recognizes each William Smith class as students “move up” to the next, new members of Hai Timiai and the Laurel Society are inducted and students celebrate one another’s achievements over the past year.

The photos above were taken in years prior to COVID-19.