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Moving Up Day

Moving Up Day

Moving Up Day is one of the oldest traditions of William Smith College. We are usually all together in a tent on Stern Lawn, loudly celebrating the many accomplishments of our students and "moving up" our classes to the next year, as we begin the process of wishing our seniors well in their next chapter. This year, we are hosting this special event virtually so that we can celebrate with all of you together and share our collective pride in our students with the Hobart and William Smith community who join us today from around the globe.

Moving Up Day Video


When the lake in silver morning brightly gleams all blue and clear,
When the sunshine floods the hillsides, shedding glory far and near,
Glad are we that we are with thee, Alma Mater, ever dear.


When a-stealing o’er the campus, soft the dreaming noondays fall,
And from out the pine trees’ shadow wings a bird with lilting call,
Then in pride and joy we praise thee, Alma Mater, loved of all.


When the sun behind the hilltops, radiant sinks at close of day,
And the breeze that stirred the pine trees, softly sighing, dies away,
Then our hearts to thee are turning, Alma Mater, loved for aye.


Oh, William Smith, to thee we sing in heartfelt loyalty,
For all the days that we shall live, we pledge our love to thee.



The Chris Ventresca Memorial Award: Established and endowed by the Classes of 1998 and the Ventresca family in honor of Hobart student Chris Ventresca ’98. Awarded annually to a rising Hobart or William Smith sophomore who best exemplifies the qualities and characteristics demonstrated by Chris and loved by his family, friends and peers. The recipient is a student who, like Chris, in their first year, shows interminable energy, undaunted enthusiasm, spirited involvement, outstanding devotion to family and friends, and most notably, genuine love for these Colleges.

  • Fatou Diokhane

The William Smith First-Year Dean’s Award: Awarded to the William Smith first-year who shows a deep commitment to liberal arts learning, inclusive excellence in their service to and involvement in the community, and whose actions have positive consequence for the lives of others.

  • Litzy Bautista

The William Smith 100th Anniversary Prize: To the sophomore or junior who has worked to improve the quality of women’s lives both here at the college and in the wider community.

  • Nuzhat Wahaid

The Richard Reinitz Prize: A prize to a rising senior at William Smith with a Humanities or Individual Major, to be granted in recognition of the qualities we cherished in Richard Reinitz. Outspoken in his commitment to justice and to the life of the mind, Richard encouraged action and intellectual vitality in others. He was delighted but never surprised to find these attributes in his students and sought constantly to cultivate them in us all.

  • Olivia Rowland

The William Smith Congress Award: To the William Smith senior who has made an outstanding contribution to the College community.

  • Eva Catanzariti

The Gloria Robinson Lowry ’52 Award: To the William Smith student of color who, in the opinion of William Smith Congress, has exhibited an energetic and enthusiastic desire to bridge the cultural interstices on campus.

  • Nuzhat Wahid

The Natasha E. Smith Award: To a William Smith student of color in the junior class who has demonstrated a dedicated commitment to children through education and community service.

  • Giselle (Gigi )Miranda

The Betsy Bullock Mitchell ’65 Award: Awarded to the graduating senior who best encompasses everything that we remember about Betsy: vitality, compassion, courage, enthusiasm, unique flair, a welcoming presence, and love for her William Smith classmates.

  • Christina Rozario

The Tara Michelle Espinosa ’98 Memorial Award: To a graduating student who plans to pursue graduate school for occupational therapy, physical therapy, or other medical studies at the graduate school level. The student will be selected based on leadership, scholarship, and community service attributes and will possess a willingness to put forth effort above and beyond expectations to reach personal goals despite health challenges and lifetime obstacles.

  • Jessica Goldman

The Stephanie J. Volan ’91 Memorial Award: For a senior member of the William Smith residence staff who has demonstrated the qualities we valued and respected in Stephanie: enthusiasm, self-assurance, loyalty, generosity, and academic commitment.

  • Jasmine Jackson

The Lisa S. Steinberg ’91 Memorial Service Award: Given in memory of Lisa’s generous ethic of service, as evidenced by her sustained involvement with the Literacy Corps and her profound commitment to making the world a better place for everyone.

  • Catherine Sherwood
  • Alexis Tierney

James Henderson Award: To be awarded to a Hobart or William Smith student of color who embodies the spirit of Dean Henderson and his love of learning and athletics.

  • Kyesha Talerico

The William Smith Dean’s Office Prize: This award honors a William Smith senior who embodies the mission of the William Smith Dean’s office: helping students move forward in their lives, mentoring women and girls, setting an example of leadership and always striving for excellence.

  • Emma Consoli

The Elizabeth Eaton White Award: To the students at each college who has shown the most promise in pursuing a successful humanitarian career.

  • Annika Linden
  • Katherine Foley

The Judith Lowe Hyatt ’57 Prize: Established by the Class of 1957 to honor the memory of Judith Lowe Hyatt and to honor a William Smith student who has made an extraordinary contribution to fostering the arts within the Hobart and William Smith community.

  • Tai-Ling Bey
  • Grace Hammett

The Welker Memorial Prize: Established in 1928 by Mildred Welker Hufstader, Class of 1915, in memory of her father and mother, Willard G. and Jennie B. Welker. Awarded to the student who has been of the greatest general good to the development of the College. While scholarship is a fundamental requirement, it is not in itself more highly considered than the definite contribution of the student to college activities.

  • Maya Weber

The Dexheimer Student Trustee Recognition Award: For more than 40 years, Hobart and William Smith students have served on the Board of Trustees. This award is granted to the senior student trustees for each College who have served the Colleges with distinction and grace.

  • Gianna Gonzalez

The Daisy Weeks Buchholz ’12 Ring Award: Presented to a junior, nominated by their peers, who is an exemplary leader and citizen, having served the College well in their time here, and who is likely to benefit it and serve it proudly after graduation.

  • Audrey Platt

The William Smith Alumnae Association Award: Presented to a William Smith senior or junior for outstanding leadership, dedication, and service to the College.

  • Eva Catanzariti

The Judith Haslam Cross ’52 Award: Presented by the William Smith Alumnae Association to a Senior whose leadership and service to students and alumnae has advanced the institution.

  • Leslie (Val) Cuellar

Odell Book Award, Elizabeth Herendeen: Presented to a William Smith senior in appreciation of their contribution to the Alumnae Association as an undergraduate, and in anticipation of their continuing close ties with William Smith as an alumna.

  • Elizabeth “Bizzy” Moore

The Druid Society Seneca Award: Awarded to the William Smith sophomore student whose work over the past two years shows significant promise of continued practices exemplary of character, loyalty, and leadership (the three cardinals of the Druid Society).

  • Nuzhat Wahid

The Barbara Ether Memorial Award: Established in memory of Barbara Helen Ether of the Class of 1959. The award to be given to a member of the junior class and to be chosen by the senior honor society, Hai Timiai, in recognition of their contributions to the welfare of this college. The winner selects a book in their major field, and the book is placed in the library with the honorees name inscribed inside.

  • Faith Hicks