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A Smith tradition since 1876, when it commemorated the birthday of George Washington, Rally Day is highlighted by a festive all-college gathering at which distinguished alumnae are awarded Smith College Medals by the president.

Rally Day 2016

Three extraordinary alumnae were honored for their contributions to their communities and the world as 2016 Smith Medalists. This year’s medalists are arts patron Joan White Harris ’52, social justice activist K. Rea Carey ’89 and documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy ’02. (Business leader Phebe Novakovic ’79, who was to receive a Smith Medal, is unable to attend due to illness.)

This year’s honorees received their medals at a ceremony on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. More...