Senior Week, Commencement Weekend, and Other Celebrations for the Class of 2024.

Wednesday, May 1

7-8:30 p.m.
International Student Graduation
Scandling Campus Center, Common Room

Thursday, May 2

5:30 p.m.
Lavender Graduation
Scandling Campus Center, Common Room
Lavender Graduation celebrates the achievements of graduating undergraduate and graduate students in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQQIA+) community at Hobart and William Smith

Monday, May 6

3:30-5 p.m.
LEADS and Degree with Leadership Cording and Certificate Ceremony 
Seneca Room


12 p.m.
FSEM Luncheon 

4 p.m.
Color Wars
St. Clair Street Field

Tuesday, MAY 14

12 - 2 p.m.
Food Truck Rodeo
Medbery Parking Lot

1 - 4 p.m.
Haircuts & Massages
Scandling Center

8 p.m.
Taste of Geneva
Downtown Geneva

9 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Senior Night @ Twisted Rail
Downtown Geneva

Wednesday, MAY 15

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
HEOP Graduation Brunch
Adams Intercultural Center, Stine Room

12 - 4 p.m.
Finger Lakes Wine & Beer Tasting
Stern Lawn

Thursday, May 16

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Senior Brunch

12 p.m.
Day Trip Options
Depart from Medbery

6 p.m.
Senior Soiree & Toast
President’s House

7:30 p.m.
Senior Walk & Illumination
St. Clair Street/Bristol Lawn


10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Brunch Food Truck
Scandling Center

1:30 p.m.
William Smith Senior Toast
William Smith Hill

3 p.m.
Commencement Rehearsal

4 p.m.
Hobart Senior Launch
Bozzuto Boathouse

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Senior and Family Barbeque with the President’s Garage Band and Fireworks
Stern Lawn
For members of the Class of 2024 and their guests. There will be a traditional barbeque (food served from 6-8:30 p.m) and a performance by the President’s Garage Band at 8:30 p.m. The evening will conclude with a fireworks display at 9 p.m. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Tickets will be available to purchase at the door.

7 - 10 p.m.
Hot Air Balloon Rides & S’mores (rescheduled from 5/13)
Smith Lawn

8 p.m.
Oneg Shabbat Dessert Reception in Honor of the Class of 2024
Abbe Center for Jewish Life, 764 S. Main Street

Saturday, May 18

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Master of Science in Management Graduation Open House and Reception
Bozzuto Center, 22 Castle Street

1:30 p.m.
St. John’s Chapel
Keynote speaker: The Rev. Dr. Wesley Perkins

3 p.m.
First Generation Initiative Graduation Celebration
Albright Auditorium

4:30 p.m.
Posse Ceremony
Albright Auditorium

6 - 8 p.m.
AIC Family Dinner
Adams Intercultural Center, Front Lawn
Free and open to all.


7:15 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
St. John’s Chapel

9 a.m.
The Hobart Quad
Keynote speaker: Peace Corps Director Carol Spahn
We will be outdoors on grass surfaces so we suggest you wear appropriate footwear for the weather and conditions. In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to Bristol Field House and the start time will be 10 a.m. WEOS (89.7 and 90.3 FM) and WHWS 105.7 FM will make continuous announcements on Sunday morning beginning at 6 a.m., alerts will be posted on the Colleges’ social media (@hwsColleges), and emails will be sent to students and parents/guardians. Buses will run from parking lots to Bristol Field House.

Immediately following Commencement Exercises
Commencement Day Luncheon
Saga Dining Hall
Cost is $18.55 (plus tax and fees) per person, $7.20 (plus tax and fees) for 10 years old and under, 5 years old and under is free. Seniors and all HWS students will need to purchase tickets for this meal. Tickets will be available to purchase at the door.

Immediately following Commencement Exercises
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Teacher Education Program (TEP), TEFL Certification & Educational Studies Family Reception
Merritt Hall
Drop-in reception after the commencement ceremony for families of graduate students completing the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program and undergraduate students completing Educational Studies, the Teacher Education Program (TEP) and/or TEFL Certification.