Professor of Chemistry Kate Queeney opened the 2012-13 academic year with a convocation address met by cheers and foot stomping from students who filled John M. Greene Hall on September 5. “Every year at this time, as you all suddenly converge on campus, I am struck by how much I’ve missed you,” she told the audience. The traditional academic event is not a staid occasion at Smith. Students often attend dressed in celebratory garb. Referencing the student attire, Queeney quipped, “Look left. Look right. Don’t wear that to an interview.”
Highlights from "A Freshman Comes to Smith," which was completed in 1933 by the Alumnae Association as a recruiting film shown at Smith Clubs and to prospective students and their families.
The origins of Rally Day can be traced to a series of annual celebrations of George Washington's birthday, the first of which was held at Smith College in February 1876. Over time, these celebrations evolved from essentially social dinners or receptions into daylong college events. The addition of a "rally" to the day in 1894 was eventually reflected in the name Rally Day, first used in 1906. The celebration is now held annually on the third Wednesday in February.
The Noteables celebrate Mountain Day a capella style.
The tradition of Friday afternoon tea, where students mark the end of a busy week with snacks and tea, stretches back more than 100 years. Nanci Young, Smith College archivist, has been delivering tea talks about the history of the student houses since 1998, when she first arrived at Smith.
Smithies on Smith.