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2015 Schedule

Click on the dates below to open or close the schedule for that day.

Printed copies of the Commencement and Reunion weekend schedule will be available at the Campus Center and at the Alumnae House.

Thursday, May 14 (Baccalaureate)

Academic regalia for students is available for purchase at the Smith College Bookstore, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Alumnae House is open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

1–1:45 p.m.

Ivy Day walk-through, for all members of Sophomore Push and Junior Ushers; all Reunion student ambassadors and parade assistants; and the president of the senior class. Campus Center steps.

1:45–3 p.m.

Commencement Day walk-through, for all members of Sophomore Push and Junior Ushers, the president of the Ada Comstock Scholars, the president of the senior class and the president of the SGA. Comstock-Wilder front steps.

3:30–4:30 p.m.

Baccalaureate, for seniors only. Baccalaureate is an opportunity for seniors to pause, reflect upon and rejoice in their accomplishments, challenges and friendships. President Kathleen McCartney will deliver remarks to the senior class. Seniors should wear graduation gowns but not caps and hoods. Helen Hills Hills Chapel.

4 p.m.

Campus houses open for alumnae.

4–8 p.m.

Reunion registration. Alumnae House tent.

4 p.m.

Celebrations Dance Company’s Annual Commencement Concert. (See General Information, Dance.) Performance by Celebrations, Smith’s student-run dance company, showcasing the choreography and talent of its members. Tickets: $8 general, $5 students/seniors. Email celebrat@smith.edu for reservations. Scott Dance Studio.

4–5 p.m.

12-Step Recovery Program meeting, open to all. Wright Hall 002.

4:30–6 p.m.

The Smith Bell Ringers welcome all alumnae and families during open practice. Join in practice or just meet the bell ringers and visit the tower. Experienced ringers attending open practice are also invited to ring on Friday from 1:30 to 1:45 in honor of Reunion. Mendenhall Bell Tower.

5:30/6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.

50th Reunion class (1965) social hour/dinner. Cash bar. Reservations are required. Tickets, on a space-available basis, can be purchased at the Alumnae House or Cutter/Ziskind. Cutter/Ziskind.

5:30/6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.

Reunion social hour/dinner (1975, 1985, 1995, 2005). Cash bar. Reservations are required. Tickets for dinner can be purchased at the Alumnae House or the Conference Center (space-available basis only). Conference Center.

5:30–6:45 p.m.

Senior Celebration for seniors, graduate students and approved students remaining on campus. Tickets ($10 each) available at the event for guests. Davis lawn (rain location: Campus Center).

8 p.m.

Dance-Theatre Performance. Created by Rodger Blum, dance professor and 2014 Sherrerd Teaching Award recipient, More Clearly in Dreams is a one-act dance-theatre work based on the ideas and imagination of Leonardo da Vinci. Tickets will be on sale at the theatre box office. (See General Information, Dance-Theatre.) Theater 14, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts.

Friday, May 15 (Ivy Day & Commencement Rehearsal)

Academic regalia for students is available for purchase at the Smith College Bookstore, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Alumnae House is open from 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

7–9 a.m.

Breakfast for alumnae and students served in Cutter/Ziskind, King/Scales, Morrow/Wilson and Tyler houses.

8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Admission Office open for browsing and questions. 7 College Lane.

9–10 a.m.

Reunion Faculty Presentations

Experience the rich intellectual life of Smith students today by attending the following brief lectures from Smith faculty. Free and open to all.

Mapping Paris at Smith: How Do We Teach With New Technologies?

Hélène Visentin, professor and department chair, French studies. Seelye Hall 110.

Peace in Our Time? Israel, Palestine and the Elusive Formula

Justin Cammy, associate professor, Jewish studies and comparative literature; former director, Middle East studies program. Seelye Hall 101.

Water, Food and Climate: Leadership for a Sustainable World

Andrew J. Guswa, director, Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability; professor, Picker Engineering Program. CEEDS Office, Wright Hall 005.

How Poems Mean

Ellen Doré Watson, lecturer, English language and literature; director, Poetry Center. Poetry Center, Wright Hall.

9 a.m.–11 p.m.

Reunion registration. Alumnae House tent.

9:15–10:15 a.m.

Meeting of Junior Ushers and Sophomore Push. Indoor Track and Tennis Facility.

10:30–11:30 a.m.

Smith in the World: Student Panel. Current students will share how their studies at Smith have shaped their off-campus endeavors and how those experiences have enriched their liberal arts education at Smith. Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall.

10:30 a.m.–Noon

Ivy Day and Commencement Rehearsal. Attendance is mandatory for all seniors, Junior Ushers, Sophomore Push and candidates for advanced degrees. Immediately thereafter, the senior class panoramic photograph will be taken inside the facility. Indoor Track and Tennis Facility.

Immediately following the Ivy Day and Commencement Rehearsal–1 p.m.

Senior Luncheon for seniors and all students remaining on campus. Guest tickets ($10 each) will be available at the luncheon. Scott Gymnasium (seniors only); Tyler House (student workers and those with prior approval).

11:30–3 p.m.

The Grécourt Society ice cream stand. All alumnae are invited to stop by and enjoy an ice cream treat. Information will be available about The Grécourt Society and how to include Smith in your estate plans. Campus Center, main level.

Noon–1:30 p.m.

50th Reunion class (1965) luncheon with President Kathleen McCartney. Reservations are required. Tickets, on a space-available basis, can be purchased at the Alumnae House or at Cutter/Ziskind. Cutter/Ziskind.

Noon–1:30 p.m.

Reunion luncheon (1975, 1985, 1995, 2005). Reservations are required. Tickets, on a space-available basis, can be purchased at the Alumnae House or at King/Scales. King/Scales.

1:30–1:45 p.m.

Change-Ringing of the Mendenhall Tower Bells.

2–3 p.m.

Beyond the Stacks: Reimagining the Libraries for the 21st Century. Christopher Loring, director of libraries, and Beth Myers, director of special collections, discuss the distinguishing features of 21st-century libraries and the college’s plan for renovating Neilson. Neilson Library Browsing Room.

2–3 p.m.

Educating Women in Science: The Last Frontier. Patricia DiBartolo, faculty director of the sciences and professor of psychology, and Borjana Mikic, Rosemary Bradford Hewlett 1940 Professor of Engineering, discuss how they are preparing students for today’s evolving world through innovative programs in mentoring, research apprenticeships and Smith’s curriculum. Ford Hall 240.

3–4 p.m.

Admission at Smith: Educating the World’s Best and Brightest Women. This year, Smith received a record number of applications for admission. This is testament to the relevance of women’s education and the value of the liberal arts. Join Audrey Smith, vice president for enrollment, and Jennifer Chrisler ’92, vice president for alumnae relations, for a wide-ranging conversation about admission at Smith. Topics include Smith’s admission policy in light of recent national discussions about gender identity and how alumnae can help raise Smith’s global profile. Admission Office, 8 College Lane.

3–4 p.m.

Campus tour for alumnae, parents and their guests. The tour will depart from the information desk, Campus Center, main level.

3–4 p.m.

Career Workshop. “Encore! Second Act Career.” Learn how to pursue new careers, passions and interests during your so-called retirement years. For alumnae only. Seelye 206.

3–4 p.m.

Study-Abroad Reception for students and alumnae who participated in study abroad programs, including (but not limited to) Smith Programs Abroad (JYA) in Paris, Florence, Geneva and Hamburg. Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright Hall.

3–4 p.m.

Reception for Smith Travel Program alumnae and their guests. Poetry Center, Wright Hall.

3:30–5 p.m.

Reception for “Presents of the Mind and Hand: 50 Years of Memories,” Class of 1965 50th-Reunion exhibit. Alumnae House gallery.

4–5 p.m.

Reception for LGBTQ alumnae and their guests. Seniors and their families are welcome. Campus Center 103/104.

4–5 p.m.

Reception for alumnae of color and their guests. Seniors and their families are welcome. Mwangi Cultural Center.

4–5 p.m.

Reception for members of The Grécourt Society and their guests. Alumnae House living room.

4–5 p.m.

12-Step Recovery Program meeting, open to all. Wright Hall 002.

4–5 p.m.

Reception for international students, their families and international alumnae. Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright Hall.

4–5:30 p.m.

Smiffenpoofs Reunion. A reception and gathering for past and present Smiffenpoofs. Common Room and 104, Dewey Hall.

5:30 p.m.

50th Reunion class (1965) social hour with President Kathleen McCartney. 8 Paradise Road.

5:30 p.m.

Reunion social hour. Chapin Lawn (rain location: Campus Center).

6:30–8 p.m.

Reunion dinners for alumnae classes.

6:45 p.m.

Hillel Shabbat service and dinner for seniors and their families. Reservations required, extension 2754. Neilson Library Browsing Room.

7:30 p.m.

Lifeguards’ synchronized swimming show. Join the Lifeguards, the Smith College synchronized swim team, as they present their annual Commencement week show. After the performance, a reception for Lifeguards alumnae, parents and guests will be held in the pool gallery. Dalton Pool, Ainsworth Gymnasium.

8 p.m.

Dance-Theatre Performance (See General Information, Dance-Theatre.) Created by Rodger Blum, dance professor and 2014 Sherrerd Teaching Award recipient, More Clearly in Dreams is a one-act dance-theatre work based on the ideas and imagination of Leonardo da Vinci. Tickets will be on sale at the theatre box office. Theater 14, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts.

8–11 p.m.

Stargazing and Physics/Astronomy Open House. Refreshments and demonstrations, rain or shine; telescopic observations begin at 9 p.m. if weather permits. McConnell Hall foyer and McConnell Rooftop Observatory.

9:15 p.m.

Celebrations Dance Company’s Annual Commencement Concert (See General Information, Dance.) Performance by Celebrations, Smith’s student-run dance company, showcasing the choreography and performance of its members. Tickets: $8 general, $5 students/seniors. Email celebrat@smith.edu for reservations. Scott Dance Studio.

Saturday, May 16 (Ivy Day Awards Convocation; Illumination Night)

Academic regalia for students is available for purchase at the Smith College Bookstore, which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Alumnae House is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

7–9 a.m.

Breakfast for alumnae and students served in Cutter/Ziskind, King/Scales, Morrow/Wilson and Tyler houses.

8 a.m.

Breakfast for current and former Alumnae Association board members, Smith College trustees and medal recipients. Alumnae House conference hall.

8–8:45 a.m.

Meeting of Junior Ushers and Sophomore Push. Campus Center 103/104.

8 a.m.–3 p.m.

Reunion registration. Alumnae House tent.

Ivy Day Activities

In the event of rain, the Alumnae Parade, Alumnae Awards Presentation and Ivy Day Awards Convocation will be held in the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility (ITT). The signal for such a change in venue will be the ringing of the college bells at 8:15 a.m. Seniors should enter the main lobby of the ITT through the glass doors, pick up their roses by the overhead door and line up as directed by Sophomore Push. Junior Ushers should assemble in the ITT by the overhead door. Alumnae should enter through the main ITT entrance, look for their class-year signs along the far wall and line up with their classes.

Alumnae will march through the double line of seniors and past the reviewing stand before being seated. The senior class, led by the Junior Ushers, will then follow. Alumnae class officer photos will be taken in front of the reviewing stand at the conclusion of the program.

 

8:45 a.m.

Roses will be distributed to seniors in front of the President’s House. Seniors will then form two lines along the driveway, across Paradise Road and up to the Emerson House Archway in preparation for the Alumnae Parade and Ivy Day procession. Seniors should wear all-white attire and dark shoes. Please be on time.

8:45 a.m.

Junior Ushers assemble. Driveway between Park House and the. Admission Office.

8:45 a.m.

Alumnae Parade assembly. Chapin Drive, between the Campus Center and College Lane.

9:15 a.m.

Alumnae Parade

Alumnae march toward the President’s House and the Quadrangle, through the double lines of the senior class. Alumnae proceed through the Emerson House archway, around the Quadrangle and past the reviewing stand on Martha Wilson House steps. Junior Ushers follow the alumnae through the lines of seniors, leading the seniors into the Quadrangle and past the reviewing stand. Senior class procession.

Following the route of the alumnae, the senior class will be led by the Junior Ushers into the Quadrangle, past the reviewing stand, and will then be seated.

Welcome

AASC President Kathleen Barnes Grant ’75, P’18. The Quadrangle.

Remarks

President Kathleen McCartney.

Presentation of Alumnae Class Awards and celebration of alumnae gifts

The Ivy Day Awards Convocation

The awards convocation ceremony honoring the academic achievements of members of the class of 2015 will conclude with the ceremonial planting of the class ivy. The Quadrangle.

Alumnae class officer team photos (immediately following the Ivy Day Awards Convocation). The Quadrangle.

11:15 a.m. (or immediately following the Ivy Day Awards Convocation)

Service of Remembrance. Helen Hills Hills Chapel.

11:30 a.m. (or immediately following the Ivy Day Awards Convocation)–1 p.m.

Computer science senior brunch reception for graduating computer science majors, their families and alumnae. Ford Hall 340, Pearsall Seasons Room.

Noon

Make-your-own picnic lunch for all Reunion classes, including “1776” alumnae. (See page 17. Some classes will have their class meetings or programming at this time.) Chapin Lawn (rain location: Campus Center).

Noon–1 p.m.

Box lunches for seniors, graduate students and approved students remaining on campus. Parents and guests of students may purchase meal tickets on site on a space-available basis. (Price: $12). Scott Gymnasium.

Noon–1 p.m.

Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellows Lunch for graduating Mellon-Mays seniors and their families and alumnae. Mary Maples Dunn Conference Room, Pierce Hall.

Noon–1:30p.m.

Multicultural Family Brunch for graduating seniors of color celebrating their achievements with their families. Mwangi Cultural Center, Davis Ballroom and lawn.

12:30–1:30 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. Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall.

1–2 p.m.

President’s Reception. For seniors and graduate students, their families, guests, faculty, alumnae and staff. Seelye lawn (rain location: Campus Center).

1–2:30 p.m.

Elder Care Panel Discussion hosted by Class of 1975, open to all. Miriam A. Smith ’75, Elizabeth Lewis Bates ’75, Ann Sanford ’75, Emily DuHamel Brower ’85, Alexandra Trinkoff ’86, Meredith Patterson, Hampshire College ’76. Alumnae House Conference Hall.

1:30–3:30 p.m.

Hands On! Art-making for all ages, inspired by works on view. Smith College Museum of Art.

2 p.m.

Celebrations Dance Company’s Annual Commencement Concert (See General Information.) Performance by Celebrations, Smith’s student-run dance company, showcasing the choreography and performance of its members. Tickets: $8 general, $5 students/seniors. Email celebrat@smith.edu for reservations. Scott Dance Studio, Scott Gymnasium.

2–3 p.m.

Reunion Faculty Presentations

Experience the rich intellectual life of Smith students today by attending the following lectures from Smith faculty. Free and open to all.

Peace in Our Time? Israel, Palestine and the Elusive Formula

Justin Cammy, associate professor, Jewish studies and comparative literature; past-director, Middle East studies program. Seelye Hall 101.

Bringing Leonardo to Life

Rodger Blum, professor and chair, dance. Seelye Hall 110.

A Brief Architectural Tour of the Smith Campus (Weather permitting)

John Davis, Alice Pratt Brown Professor of Art, director, Smithsonian Internship Program. Meet at Grécourt Gate.

Reshaping the Brain to Improve Your Memory

Adam Hall, professor, biological sciences, neuroscience and biochemistry. Seelye Hall 301.

2–3 p.m.

Career Workshop. “Moms Return to the Workplace.” Learn how to get back into the workplace after taking time off to raise your family. Campus Center 103/104.

2–3 p.m.

Exercise and sport studies department reception for seniors, graduate students, their families and alumnae. Dalton Pool gallery, Ainsworth Gymnasium.

2–3 p.m.

Government department reception for government majors, their families and alumnae.

Seelye Hall 207

2–3:30 p.m. Reception for Residence Life student staff members, for seniors, their families and alumnae who have served in these roles. Clark Hall Conference Room and Porch.

2–4 p.m.

Italian department reception for seniors, their families and friends, and alumnae. Boathouse lawn (rain location: Hatfield Hall 105).

2–4 p.m.

Printing on the handpress. Print a keepsake on the library’s 1834 iron handpress. Mortimer Rare Book Room, Neilson Library, level 3.

2–5 p.m.

Open House, Library Special Collections. Meet curators and archivists and see some of Smith’s fabulous rare books collection and our world-renowned women’s history collections. Mortimer Rare Book Room, Neilson Library, level 3; and College Archives & Sophia Smith Collection, Alumnae Gymnasium, level A.

2:15–4 p.m.

Phi Beta Kappa initiation ceremony, conducted by Chapter Zeta in Massachusetts. Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall.

2:30 p.m.

Gallery talk and tour focused on the exhibition Mary Bauermeister: The New York Decade. Join Linda Muehlig, exhibition curator and associate director for curatorial affairs/curator of painting and sculpture. Smith College Museum of Art.

2:30–3:30 p.m.

Education and child study department reception for seniors, graduate students, alumnae and their guests. Gill Hall, Smith College Campus School.

2:30–3:30 p.m.

Friends of the Botanic Garden. Drop-in horticulture activity for family and friends: Making a Terrarium. Lyman Plant House, room 112.

2:30–3:30 p.m.

Picker Engineering Program reception for seniors, alumnae and their guests. Ford Hall 022, 024.

2:30–4 p.m.

Afro-American studies reception for seniors, their families and alumnae. Campus Center garden level and TV lounge.

2:30–4 p.m.

American studies program and sociology department reception for seniors, their families and alumnae. Kahn Institute, Neilson Library, third floor.

2:30–4 p.m.

Economics department reception for seniors, their families and alumnae. Museum of Art, atrium.

2:30–4 p.m.

Environmental science and policy, landscape studies, and environmental concentration in sustainable food—joint reception for seniors, alumnae and their guests. Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability; Wright Hall 005.

2:30–4 p.m.

Tennis alumnae gathering. Refreshments served. Outdoor Tennis Courts (canceled in case of rain).

3–4 p.m.

Children’s Story Hour and Activities with renowned children's author Jane Yolen '60. Suitable for children aged 4 and up. Neilson Library studio, level 1 north.

3–4 p.m.

Wurtele Center for Work and Life open house for seniors, alumnae and their guests. Clark Hall, third floor, 50 Elm Street.

3–4 p.m.

History department reception for seniors, alumnae and their guests. Neilson Library Periodicals Room, third floor.

3–4:30 p.m.

Reception for graduates and their families as well as alumnae who were affiliated with St. John’s Episcopal Church. Light refreshments served. St. John’s Church parlors.

3–4:30 p.m.

Art department reception for seniors, their families and alumnae. Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer, Brown Fine Arts Center.

3–4:30 p.m.

Botanic Garden reception. View the Lyman Conservatory collections, exhibition gallery and Woods of the World installation. Meet botanic garden staff and learn about new initiatives and plans for the future. Light refreshments. Lyman Plant House.

3–4:30 p.m.

Psychology department reception for psychology majors, their families and alumnae. Young Science Library, Bass Hall.

3–4:30 p.m.

Religion department reception for seniors, alumnae and their guests. Dewey Hall front porch (rain location: Dewey Common Room).

3–5 p.m.

Admission reception for alumnae admission volunteers. Alumnae interested in becoming volunteers are also welcome to attend. Admission Office, 7 College Lane.

3–5 p.m.

Geosciences department reception for geoscience majors, their families and alumnae. Clark Science Center patio (Rain location: Burton Hall foyer).

3–5 p.m.

Performing arts reception for seniors, graduate students, their families and alumnae. Hosted by the music, theatre and dance departments. Mezzanine level, Werner Josten Library, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts.

3–5 p.m.

Program for the Study of Women and Gender reception for seniors, their families and alumnae. Campus Center 205.

3:30–4:30 p.m.

Biological sciences, biochemistry, chemistry and neuroscience joint reception for seniors, alumnae and their guests. Ford Hall 240, atrium, terrace and Pearsall Seasons Room.

3:30–4:30 p.m.

East Asian studies reception for seniors, their families and alumnae. Neilson Library, level 4 core.

3:30–4:30 p.m.

“A Vision for Smith in the 21st Century.” President Kathleen McCartney has big dreams for Smith and for women. During this special session, she will share her vision for Smith in the 21st century. For alumnae only. Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall.

3:30–5 p.m.

Anthropology department reception for anthropology majors, their families and alumnae. Seelye Hall 207.

3:30–5 p.m.

English department, poetry concentration and Poetry Center joint reception for seniors, their families and alumnae. Poetry Center, upper lobby, Wright Hall.

3:30–5 p.m.

Mathematics and statistics department reception for seniors, alumnae and guests. Math Forum, Burton Hall 304.

3:30–5 p.m.

Philosophy department reception for seniors, alumnae and their guests. Philosophy Study, Dewey House.

4–5 p.m.

12-Step Recovery Program meeting, open to all. Wright Hall 002.

4–4:30 p.m.

German studies department German Honor Society Delta Phi Alpha initiation ceremony. Families and alumnae welcome. Hatfield Hall 204.

4–4:30 p.m.

South Asia studies concentration reception for seniors and their guests and the presentation of the certificates of completion to seniors by the South Asia studies director. Dewey Hall Alcove.

4–5 p.m.

French department and comparative literature reception for seniors, their families and alumnae. Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright Hall.

4:15–5:15 p.m.

East Asian languages and literatures reception for seniors, their families and alumnae. Campus Center 103/104.

4:30 p.m.

German studies department reception for all students of German, their families and alumnae. Hatfield Hall 203.

4:30–5:30 p.m.

Picker Engineering Program reception for the class of 2005 alumnae and their guests. Engineering Wing, Ford Hall, 1st floor.

5–6 p.m.

Fulbright Fellows reception for seniors, graduate students, alumnae, families, friends and faculty supporters. Museum of Art, atrium.

5:30/6:30–8 p.m.

Reunion social hours/dinners for alumnae classes

7 p.m.

Dance-Theatre Performance. Created by Rodger Blum, dance professor and 2014 Sherrerd Teaching Award recipient, More Clearly in Dreams is a one-act dance-theatre work based on the ideas and imagination of Leonardo da Vinci. Tickets will be on sale at the theatre box office. (See General Information.) Theater 14, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts.

7:15 p.m.

Junior Ushers meeting. In Front of Lyman Conservatory.

7:30–9:30 p.m.

Commencement Orchestra Concert featuring soloists from the graduating class. Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall.

8 p.m.

Senior Class Candle-Lighting Ceremony. Upper College Lane (across from Lyman Plant House).

8:30 p.m.

Sophomore Push/Senior Step Sing. Neilson Library steps.

8:30–10 p.m.

Illumination of upper campus with live music performed by the Jay Messer Quintet. (In the event of rain, the quintet will perform in the Campus Center.)

9–11 p.m.

Ada Comstock Illumination Night Celebration, open to all Ada Comstock Scholars, Ada Comstock alumnae and their guests. Poetry Center; Wright Hall, upper lobby.

9:30–11:30 p.m.

Dance Party! Join alumnae from all reunion classes for this dance party featuring a DJ and cash bar. Enjoy music from the last six decades. Davis Ballroom.

Sunday, May 17 (Commencement)

Academic regalia for students is available for purchase at the Smith College Bookstore at 8 a.m. The bookshop will remain open until 3 p.m. The Alumnae House is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

7–9 a.m.

Breakfast for alumnae and students served in Cutter/Ziskind, King/Scales, Morrow/Wilson and Tyler houses. Parents and families may not attend.

8 a.m.

Meeting of Junior Ushers and Sophomore Push. Steps of Comstock/Wilder (rain location: Indoor Track and Tennis Facility).

Commencement

Inclement Weather

In the event of rain, the signal for indoor Commencement at the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility will be the ringing of the college bells at 8:15 and 8:30 a.m.

For indoor Commencement, graduates will line up at 9:15 a.m. in Ainsworth Gymnasium and faculty members will assemble in the Ainsworth main hallway (glass door entrance). The indoor Commencement ceremony will be simulcast live to Weinstein Auditorium in Wright Hall and Sweeney Concert Hall in Sage Hall (open seating).

Keep Smith Green

To minimize the use of plastic water bottles on campus, please bring your own water containers to Commencement exercises. Drinking fountains for guests will be available at the back of the general-seating area.

 

9:15 a.m.

Assembling for Commencement

The faculty will assemble in the courtyard behind Laura Scales House. As instructed at rehearsal, all graduates must line up on Mandelle Road in front of Comstock and Wilder houses. Seniors traditionally wear white attire and black shoes with their caps, gowns and hoods. The audience will be seated by 9:45 a.m.

Seating Policy

Seats cannot be saved for those arriving later. Tape, signs and other items placed on chairs to save seats will be removed by college personnel.

Additional Seating

The outdoor Commencement ceremony will be simulcast live to Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall (open seating).

10 a.m.

Commencement Exercises. The Quadrangle.

10–11:30 a.m.

50th Reunion class (1965) brunch. Commencement will be live streamed during brunch. Conference Center.

10–11:30 a.m.

Reunion brunch for alumnae and guests (1975, 1985, 1995, 2005). Commencement will be live streamed during brunch. Reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased at the Alumnae House or Davis Ballroom on a space-available basis. Alumnae House and Davis Ballroom.

Diploma Circle

Immediately following Commencement, graduates will march out of the Quadrangle onto the Laura Scales/Franklin King terrace. Graduating seniors only; no family members or friends will be permitted near the diploma circle. Please stay in line to expedite the distribution of diplomas. (In the event of an indoor Commencement, the diploma circle will be held in Ainsworth Gymnasium.)

12:30–2 p.m.

Commencement luncheon honoring seniors and graduate students. College dining rooms; Campus Center.

1 p.m.

Residence houses close for alumnae and guests. (Residence houses close for seniors at noon on Monday, May 18; seniors must return their keys to Clark Hall by noon.)