At the annual William Smith Toast, alumnae celebrate members of the Class of 2021.
The William Smith College Alumnae Association will officially welcome graduating seniors at the 44th annual William Smith Toast on Friday, May 14. The celebration, which begins at 10:30 a.m. on the William Smith Hill, includes the presentation of senior gifts and remarks from HWS alum leadership.
“Commencement is a momentous occasion for our campus, especially after the upheavals of the past year. We are excited to honor the graduates of 2021 and warmly welcome them into the worldwide community of HWS alums,” says Director of Alumni and Alumnae Relations Chevanne DeVaney ’95, P’21, P’25.
DeVaney will offer the introduction at the Toast, followed by remarks from William Smith Dean Lisa Kaenzig, P’22. President of the William Smith Alumnae Association Kirra Henick-Kling Guard ’08, MAT’09 will present the association’s annual awards, and William Smith Class President Carling Landeche ’21 will deliver the student speech. The event’s keynote address will be delivered by Mary Herlihy Gearan L.H.D.’17, P’21, the wife of President Emeritus Mark D. Gearan L.H.D. ’17, P’21.
In keeping with annual tradition, graduates will plant a tree behind Smith Hall, honoring the College’s founder, nurseryman William Smith, and symbolizing the enduring bonds among alumnae.
The Reverend Nita C. Johnson Byrd, Dean of Spiritual Engagement and Chaplain at HWS, will offer a benediction before the presentation of the annual gift, a Class charm.
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