Moving Up Day, William Smith College’s annual celebration of students’ achievements in academics, service and leadership during the past year, was held on April 26 in Albright Auditorium. The event began at 4:45 p.m.
The traditional processional occurred in Napier Hall lobby at 3:30 p.m., recognizing graduating seniors and the advancement of each class to the next year. Students were encouraged to wear their class colors: blue for the Class of 2019; yellow for the Class of 2020; red for the Class of 2021; and green for the Class for 2022.
“Moving Up Day remains one of the most beloved traditions at William Smith,” says William Smith Dean Lisa Kaenzig P’22. “We celebrate the many outstanding achievements of our students and bid our first official fond farewell to the wonderful seniors before they pass the laurel — both literally and figuratively — to the junior class. This year’s seniors in the Class of 2019 leave behind an important legacy to future classes of students at the Colleges with their sustained commitment to social justice, global experiences and community service. They will be missed!”
As part of the procession, seniors carried a laurel garland that they passed to juniors and all students “moving up.”
Kaenzig led the awards presentation, joined by Interim President Patrick A. McGuire L.H.D. ’12, William Smith Assistant Deans Lisa Salter and Kelly Payne, William Smith Alumnae Association President Julie Bazan ’93, Hillel Adviser Julianne Miller and Associate Vice President for Advancement and Alumnae Relations Kathleen Killius Regan ’82, P’13. Faculty presenters included Associate Professor of Economics Judith McKinney P’13 (Social Sciences prizes), Associate Professor of Art and Architecture Christine Chin (Fine and Performing Arts prizes), Director of Introductory Biology Laboratories Susan Cushman ’98 (Sciences prizes) and Associate Professor of History Laura Free (Humanities prizes).
In addition, William Smith inducted the new members of the Hai Timiai and Laurel Honor Society and acknowledged students who have been elected to societies designated for specific disciplines in academia.
The ceremony concluded with the singing of the alma mater led by the student groups 3 Miles Lost, Perfect Third and the Colleges Chorale.