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In the event of rain on Commencement Day, call 413-585-4636 (the college’s information line) after 7:30 a.m. that day.


Printed copies of the Commencement and Reunion schedule will be available at the Campus Center. Additional information is available at the Alumnae  House and Reunion class headquarters; see also “Alumnae Reunion” below.

Disability Accommodations

Throughout Commencement and Reunion Weekend, every effort will be made to accommodate guests and alumnae with disabilities. Anyone with physical disabilities who wishes to be dropped off near the entry to the Quadrangle for the awards convocation or Commencement ceremony should speak to the police officer at the top of Paradise Road.


At Commencement and Ivy Day ceremonies, reserved seating will be provided for those in wheelchairs, those who require sign-language interpreters and those who are legally blind. This seating is limited to two per party. To reserve tickets for Commencement or Ivy Day, graduating seniors must have submitted a disability accommodations request form by mid-April.

Sign Language

Sign language interpreters are routinely provided at Commencement, and a special seating section near the front of the audience will be designated for guests of those students who submitted a ticket request form.

Commencement Materials

Large-print Commencement materials for the visually impaired can be requested by seniors on the disability request form (see “Seating” above); the large-print materials can be picked up at the Campus Center information desk on Commencement Weekend. A transcript of the Commencement speaker’s address will be available after the ceremony at www.smith.edu/commencement.

Accessible Restrooms

On the Quad, accessible restrooms are located on the first floors of Jordan and Cushing Houses. Emerson House also has a restroom that is accessible from the Emerson dining room ramp. An accessible portable toilet will be outside the Indoor Track and Tennis (ITT) facility. If Commencement is held indoors in the ITT, accessible restrooms are near the main entrance.

Parking and Shuttle Service

See the parking facilities and shuttle service sections below.

Alumnae Reunion

The Office of Alumnae Relations organizes reunions and assists each class in planning its reunion program. All alumnae are welcome at the Alumnae House, where they can get information on Reunion activities or make gifts to The Smith Fund.

“1776” Non-Reunion Classes

Alumnae from non-reunion classes are welcome to join Reunion as “1776ers” and may purchase tickets for the Friday All Reunion luncheon, Friday All Reunion dinner, Saturday barbecue lunch and Sunday brunch.

Caps and Gowns/Bookshop Hours

The Smith College Bookstore in the Campus Center will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Caps and gowns will still be available for purchase. The bookshop will also be open Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you have questions, please call 413-585-4140. Additional information regarding hours can be found at www.smithcollegeshop.com.

Following the Diploma Circle, seniors may donate their caps, hoods and gowns to future seniors by placing them in the boxes in the Campus Center—by the café and the Student Government Association office, room 206, on the upper level. Those who have borrowed their academic regalia from SGA should return it to that office.


New England weather can be volatile and evenings may be quite cool; you may want to dress in layers and be prepared for rain.

Ivy Day Parade and Commencement

Seniors and alumnae participating in Ivy Day activities are asked to wear white; graduating seniors wear dark shoes and alumnae wear white or light shoes. For Commencement, graduating seniors generally wear white attire and dark shoes with their caps, gowns and hoods.

Crossing Elm Street

When crossing Elm Street, please use the manually controlled traffic light at the crosswalk near John M. Greene Hall. If an officer is not on duty, please use the manual traffic light for crossing at Bedford Terrace as well.

No Dogs

Only certified guide and service dogs will be allowed on campus. No other dogs are allowed.

Emergencies/Health Problems

Any emergency, including one that may require an ambulance or the Northampton Fire Department, should be reported to the Campus Police, extension 800 (EMERGENCY) or 413-585-2490 from a cell phone.

Anyone who is injured or becomes ill while on campus should seek medical attention at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust Street, at 413-582-2000. If the illness or injury appears life threatening, call Smith extension 800 (or 413-585-2490 from a cell phone) for ambulance service.

During Commencement, there is an aid station in the Quadrangle to the right as you pass through Emerson Arch.


The Commencement Flowers company will be selling bouquets at the entrance to the Quadrangle on Paradise Road on Commencement Day.

Lost and Found

Inquiries about articles lost on campus may be made Thursday through Sunday at the Campus Center information desk, 413-585-4801. On Monday all unclaimed articles will be taken to the Alumnae House. Smith College is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.

Men’s Restrooms

Men’s restrooms can be found in the Ainsworth/Scott Gymnasium complex, Alumnae House, the Campus Center, Hatfield Hall, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, the Museum of Art, Neilson Library, Seelye Hall and Wright Hall.

News Reporters and Photographers

Media representatives must have clear identification, worn in full view, to enter the roped-off areas of the campus on Saturday and Sunday. Please notify the News Office, in advance, if your organization plans to report on events through print, radio, television or social media. Contact Marti Hobbes, media relations, at mhobbes@smith.edu or 413-585-2190.

Parking and Traffic Regulations

Cars may be left overnight on the street except in posted areas. All parking ordinances, as well as meters, remain in effect for the City of Northampton. Smith College will not be responsible for fines incurred for parking violations.

Parking Lots

Parking is available at the Smith College parking garage, the Indoor Track and Tennis (ITT) Facility and the stables (all on West Street); the Dickinson parking lot (entrance on Green Street); the Ainsworth Gym (off lower College Lane); and Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts (entrance from Belmont Avenue or West Street/Ahwaga Avenue); there are a few spaces near Sage Hall and at the tennis courts off West Street (across from the stables).

Parking Map (PDF)

Shuttle Service

Campus shuttles will stop on a regular basis at the Smith College parking garage, and the ITT and stables parking lots, all on West Street. Shuttle service will also be available on a continuous basis from the Alumnae House. Shuttle service is provided for on-campus transportation only. For all shuttle service, call 413-585-2400.

Shuttles will stop at Emerson arch at 7:30, 8 and 8:30 a.m., on Sunday, May 17, to transport alumnae and their luggage. No shuttles will be available from the Quad area after 8:30 a.m.

Parking Prohibited

There is no parking on the central campus at any time, and parking is not permitted in the Quadrangle, on Mandelle Road, on Paradise Road, on Prospect Street, at the Lamont House circle, or at the rear or side of Wilder House between 5 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Sunday. Violators will be towed (see below).

A city of Northampton ordinance prohibits overnight parking on Kensington Avenue (except for Kensington Avenue property owners or their tenants).

Parking Facilities for Those With Physical Disabilities

The following campus locations have parking spaces for those with disabilities: the college parking garage, Alumnae House, Ainsworth Gymnasium, Albright-Baldwin Houses, Chase-Duckett Houses, Davis Center, Dewey Hall, Gill Hall, the Helen Hills Hills Chapel, Hubbard House, the ITT, Lamont House Circle, the Lyman Plant House, Northrop-Gillett Houses, Sage Hall, the Schacht Center for Health and Wellness, the Smith College Conference Center, Tyler House rear, Wright Hall, Ziskind Drive and 7 College Lane. Accessible shuttle service is available by calling 585-2400.


Parking violators will be towed at the owner’s expense; towing questions should be directed to the Campus Police at 413-585-2490.



This performance by Celebrations, Smith’s exclusive student-run dance company, showcases the choreography and talents of members of the company.

Thursday, May 14, 4 p.m.; Friday, May 15, 9:15 p.m.; Saturday, May 16, 2 p.m. Scott Dance Studio, Scott Gymnasium
Tickets: $8 general; $5 students/seniors. For reservations, send email to celebrat@smith.edu.


More Clearly in Dreams

Based on the ideas and imagination of Leonardo da Vinci, this original one-act dance/theatre work has been expanded especially for the Commencement and Reunion celebrations. Created by Rodger Blum, professor of dance and 2014 Sherrerd Teaching Award recipient, and performed by professional dancers and actors, the ballet pairs a script adapted from Leonardo’s notebooks with Renaissance vocal music that culminates in Thomas Tallis’ monumental 40-voice motet, Spem in Alium.

Thursday and Friday, May 14 and 15, 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 16, 7 p.m. Theatre 14.
Tickets: $15 general; $10 alumnae; $5 students/seniors. For reservations, send email to boxoffice@smith.edu, call 413-585-3220 or go to www.smith.edu/smitharts.


All musical performances are in Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall, and are free and open to the public.

Chamber Music Concert

Members of the class of 2015 perform instrumental and vocal chamber music. Friday, May 15, 3 p.m.

Commencement Choral Concert

The Smith College Glee Club, the Chamber Singers and the a cappella group Groove perform works chosen by the graduating class. Saturday, May 16, 12:30 p.m.

Commencement Orchestra Concert

Featuring soloists from the class of 2015. Jonathan Hirsh, conductor. Saturday, May 16, 7:30 p.m.


Graduating students and their families can purchase Commencement weekend photographs and DVDs from the following vendors:


Graduates will receive a free passport-sized digital proof and an order card about a week after Commencement. To register your permanent email address before Commencement weekend, visit the website and click on “registration.” Send questions by email to service@gradimages.com.

Collegiate Video, Inc.

This 90-minute DVD will include footage of your graduate receiving her diploma; highlights from Commencement, Ivy Day and Illumination Night; key addresses; and views of the campus. Order online or use the order form you received with your commencement mailing.

Senior Commencement Luncheon Tickets

Two complimentary Commencement lunch tickets were emailed by Monday, May 11, to each senior who completed the online senior survey. (Those from Friedman, Tenney and Hopkins; Ada Comstock Scholars; January graduates; and those living off campus have also been assigned to a dining location.) Additional tickets for guests may be purchased at the Dining Services office, 30 Belmont Avenue. (Price: $14)

Tickets should be picked up at the Dining Services office (413-585-2300). The office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday, May 16, from 8 a.m. to noon. Tickets will not be available after noon that day.

Smoking Regulations

Smoking is prohibited in all campus buildings, including campus houses, meeting rooms, auditoriums and students’ private rooms.


Simultaneous Spanish and Mandarin translations of this year’s Commencement ceremony will be available by reservation. Starting at 9 a.m. on Sunday, guests who have previously made reservations and who provide a photo ID can obtain a headset at the tables to the left as they enter the Emerson Arch off Paradise Road. (Rain site: lobby of the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility.) An advance reservation and photo ID will be required. The ID will be retained until the headset is returned to the same location while graduates are completing the diploma circle.


The Senior Candle-Lighting Ceremony, Sophomore Push/Senior Step Sing and Illumination could be canceled in extreme weather conditions, such as lightning, hail or severe winds. For further information about rain on Commencement Day, call 413-585-4636 (the college information line) after 7:30 a.m. that day. The Commencement ceremony will also be streamed live at www.smith.edu/commencement.

Wireless Internet Access

Wireless access is available in all academic buildings, Neilson Library, Stoddard Hall, the Campus Center and in the common areas of residential houses. Access wifi through the Smith website (www.smith.edu); select the “SmithGuest” wireless network and register with your email address.