To recognize excellence in academics, service and leadership, William Smith celebrated the traditional Moving Up Day on Friday, April 27. Festivities began with a processional starting at the top of the William Smith Hill prior to the Stern Lawn ceremony, which recognizes graduating seniors and the advancement of each class to the next academic year. The full event can be watched here.
Moving Up Day, a tradition marked by students wearing their class color, included remarks from William Smith Dean Lisa Kaenzig, Honorary Trustee Maureen Collins Zupan ’72, P’09, L.H.D. ’16, Associate Vice President of Alumnae Relations Kathy Killius Regan ’82, P’13, professors, and other members of the HWS community.
“To our seniors, although we have much celebrating to do in the weeks ahead, this is the very last event at Hobart and William Smith in which you will participate as a current student before passing on the laurel and your legacy to the juniors behind you. And you will soon take your next step beyond the Colleges. To our juniors, this is the event where you will move up, caring on the legacy of this phenomenal group of William Smith students who came before you. And I feel confident that you are ready to be our primary leaders on campus next year,” Kaenzig said.
In her remarks, Zupan said, “Your alma mater will always be with you and will always be in your lives, even decades after commencement. It will be with you in the faculty who will continue to support you, it will be with you when the Pulteney Street Survey arrives in the mail and you go right to the classnotes section, it will be with you when you make new friends in the extended HWS community.”
More than 50 awards recognized seniors who have excelled in a variety of disciplines throughout the humanities and natural sciences in addition to making strong contributions to the Colleges and Geneva. Prizes include recognition for exceptional grade point averages, community service, character and leadership.
The ceremony concluded with the singing of the alma mater led by the a cappella groups “3 Miles Lost” and “Perfect Third” and the Colleges Chorale, as well as the tradition of the seniors passing the ‘laurel’ back to the juniors and all of the students “moving up.”
Attending students wore their class colors: green for the Class of 2018; blue for the Class of 2019; yellow for the Class of 2020; and red for the Class of 2021.