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Commencement

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

Reunion

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.

Disability Accommodations

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

Seating

At Commencement and Ivy Day ceremonies, reserved seating, limited to two per party, will be provided for those in wheelchairs, those who require sign-language interpreters and those who are legally blind. To reserve tickets for Commencement or Ivy Day, graduating seniors were required to submit a disability accommodations request form in 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 (see “Seating” above).

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.

Assisted Listening Devices

On Ivy and Commencement Days, guests who provide a photo ID can pick up assisted listening devices at the tables on the right side as you enter Emerson Arch off Paradise Road (across from the translation services headsets tables). The ID will be retained until the headset is returned to the same location while graduates are completing the diploma circle.

Commencement Materials

Large-print Commencement materials for the visually impaired that have been requested by seniors on the disability request form submitted in mid-April can be picked up at the Campus Center information desk. A transcript of the Commencement speaker’s address will be available for anyone to download 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 of the Quandrangle. If Commencement is held indoors in the Indoor Track and Tennis (ITT) facility, accessible restrooms are near the main entrance and a portable toilet will be outside.

Parking and Shuttle Service

See the parking facilities and shuttle service sections below.

Caps and Gowns/Bookshop Hours

Caps and gowns will be available for purchase at the Smith College Bookstore in the Campus Center on Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 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.

Clothing

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

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 all other crosswalks as well.

No Dogs

Only certified guide and service dogs will be permitted 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 and an ambulance and EMTs will be on site.

Flowers

The Commencement Flowers company will be selling bouquets at the entrance to the Quadrangle on Paradise Road on Commencement Day. Flowers can also be preordered at www.thecommencementgroup.com/smithcollege.

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 inthe Ainsworth/Scott Gymnasium complex, Alumnae House, the Campus Center, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, the Museum of Art, Neilson Library, Seelye Hall and Wright Hall.

Portable restrooms will be available at the Commencement Day and Ivy Day ceremonies.

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, online 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); Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts (entrance from Belmont Avenue or West Street/Ahwaga Avenue); and the Ainsworth Gym (off lower College Lane). 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

Shuttle service is provided for on-campus transportation only. For shuttle service, call 413-585-2400.

No shuttles will be available from the Quad area after 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.

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 413-585-2400.

Towing

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

Performances

Dance

Annual Commencement Concert
Celebrations Dance Company
Smith’s student-run dance company showcases the choreography and performance of its members.

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

Music

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

Solo and Chamber Music Concert

Featuring instrumentalists and singers from the graduating class
Friday, 3–4 p.m.

Commencement Orchestra Concert

Featuring soloists from the graduating class
Jonathan Hirsh, conductor
Friday, 8:30–10 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, 4:30–6 p.m.

Musical Theatre

The Legend of Galtrigillian by Ellie Davis ’16
A musical storytelling adventure of myth, music and merriment, inspired by Celtic mythology.
Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts
Thursday, 8 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m.

Iskra by Jessica Marlor ’16
The world premiere of an immersive outdoor folk opera that explores the lives of immigrant anthracite miners after the oppressive 1897 Immigrant Tax.
Mendenhall Courtyard (Rain location: Mendenhall TV studio)
Friday, 9:30 p.m.

Photography

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

Photographs

GradImages

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.

DVDs

Collegiate Video, Inc.

Commencement DVD
This 90-minute DVD will include footage of each graduate receiving her diploma; highlights from Commencement, Ivy Day and Illumination Night; key addresses; and views of the campus. Order online or by phone.

Saturday Boxed Lunches

Noon to 1 p.m.
Families and guests may purchase boxed lunches at Scott Gymnasium.
(adults: $12; children under 12: $6)
No charge for Smith seniors.

Senior Commencement Luncheon Tickets

Two complimentary Commencement lunch tickets were emailed 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 issued two complimentary tickets and assigned to a dining location.

Additional tickets for guests may be purchased (adults: $14; children under 12: $6) at the Dining Services office, 30 Belmont Avenue (413-585-2300). The office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Tickets will not be available after noon on Saturday.

Smoking Regulations

Smoking is prohibited in all college-owned student residences and all academic and administrative buildings. All smoking by faculty, staff, students and visitors is limited to outdoor areas more than 20 feet from any academic, administrative or residential building.

Translations

Simultaneous Spanish and Mandarin translations of this year’s Commencement ceremony will be available to those who have made reservations. Starting at 9 a.m. on Sunday, guests who provide a photo ID can obtain their reserved headsets 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.) The ID will be retained until the headset is returned to the same location while graduates are completing the diploma circle.

Weather

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. See also the rain instructions under “Ivy Day Activities” on page 7 and “Commencement” on page 10. 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 at www.smith.edu/its/tara/networking.html