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2014 Schedule

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

Thursday, May 15 (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.

1:45–3 p.m.

Ivy Day/Commencement Orientation: a preview of weekend activities and leadership roles in these major events for all members of Sophomore Push, the head of Junior Ushers, the Ada Comstock Scholars co-presidents, the president of the senior class, the president of the SGA, and the rising-senior class and rising SGA presidents. 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.

4–5 p.m.

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

4–8 p.m.

Reunion registration. Alumnae House tent.

4:30–5:30 pm

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

5:30/6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.

50th Reunion class (1964) social hour/dinner Cash bar from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Tickets, on a space-available basis, can be purchased at the Alumnae House or King/Scales. King/Scales.

5:30/6:30 p.m.–8 p.m

All Reunion social hour/dinner Cash bar from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Tickets, on a space-available basis, can be purchased at the Alumnae House or the Conference Center. 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.

Celebrations Dance Company’s Annual Commencement Concert. 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.

Friday, May 16 (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 Chase/Duckett, 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 a.m.–11 p.m.

Reunion registration. Alumnae House tent.

9:15–10:15 a.m.

Meeting of Junior Ushers Indoor Track and Tennis Facility.

9:30–11:30 a.m.

Spinelli Center open house and reception. Neilson Library, second floor.

9:45–10:30 a.m.

Meeting of Sophomore Push. Indoor Track and Tennis Facility.

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).

Noon–1:30 p.m.

50th Reunion class (1964) luncheon. Reservations are required. Tickets, on a space-available basis, can be purchased at the Alumnae House or at Davis Ballroom. King/Scales houses.

Noon–1:30 p.m.

All Reunion luncheon. Reservations are required. Tickets, on a space-available basis, can be purchased at the Alumnae House or at Davis Ballroom. Cutter/Ziskind houses.

1–2 p.m.

Career Workshop. “Update Your Résumé.” For alumnae only. Campus Center 103/104.

1:30–1:45 p.m.

Change-Ringing of the Mendenhall tower bells.

1:30–4:30 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.

2–3 p.m.

Reunion Faculty Presentations

Experience the rich intellectual life of Smith students today by attending brief lectures from Smith faculty. For lecture titles, pick up a handout at the Alumnae House or Campus Center Information Booth, check the Reunion website at alumnae.smith.edu/reunion2014 or view the listing on the mobile app. Open to all. Location to be determined.

2–4 p.m.

Mini-golf. Enjoy a quick, nine-hole indoor course. All are welcome. Davis Ballroom.

3 p.m.

Chamber Music Concert featuring Smith College seniors in performances of instrumental and vocal chamber music. Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall.

3–4 p.m.

Government department reception for government majors, their families and alumnae. Seelye Hall 207.

3–4 p.m.

Q & A about the college admission process for alumnae, parents and their guests. Join an admission expert for an insider’s perspective. 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.

3-5 p.m.

Reception. The Artist’s Journey: Creative Works in the Visual Arts. Class of 1964 50th Reunion exhibit. Alumnae House Gallery.

3–5 p.m.

Career Workshop. “Tap Into Your Talents.” For alumnae only. Campus Center 103/104.

4–5 p.m.

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

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 LGBTQ alumnae and their guests. Seniors and their families are welcome. Alumnae House living room and terrace.

4–5 p.m.

Reception for Smith Study-Abroad Programs celebrating all study abroad experiences, including (but not limited to) those Smith programs in Paris, Florence, Geneva, Hamburg; for alumnae, students and their guests. Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright Hall.

4–5 p.m.

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

4–5 p.m.

Reception for choral alumnae and their guests. Seniors and their families welcome. Conference Center Patio, Lounge.

5:30 p.m.

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

5:30 p.m.

50th Reunion class (1964) social hour. 8 Paradise Road.

5:30 p.m.

Reunion social hour. Campus Center.

6:30–8 p.m.

Reunion dinners for alumnae classes.

7–11 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.

8 p.m.

Celebrations Dance Company’s Annual Commencement Concert. 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.

8 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.

8:30–10 p.m.

Class of 1974 reception honoring Andrea Hairston ’74, Louise Wolff Kahn 1931 Professor of Theatre and professor of Afro-American Studies. Open to all. CPA Green Room

Saturday, May 17 (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 11 p.m.

7–9 a.m.

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

7:45 a.m.

Meeting of Sophomore Push. Campus Center 103/104.

8 a.m.

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

8–8:45 a.m.

Meeting of Junior Ushers. Campus Center 003.

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 and across Paradise Road 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. The Quadrangle.
  • Remarks: President Kathleen McCartney. The Quadrangle.
  • Presentation of Alumnae Class Awards and celebration of alumnae gifts. The Quadrangle.
  • The Ivy Day Awards Convocation: The awards convocation ceremony honoring the academic achievements of members of the class of 2014 will conclude with the ceremonial planting of the class ivy. The Quadrangle.

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

Service of Remembrance. Helen Hills Hills Chapel.

Alumnae class officer team photos (immediately following the Ivy Day Awards Convocation). Morrow/Wilson lawn.

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 alumnae, including “1776” alumnae. (Some classes will have their class meetings or programming at this time; check at class headquarters.)

Noon–1 p.m.

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

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: $11 before May 1, $12 after May 1). Scott Gymnasium.

Noon–1:30p.m.

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

1–5 p.m.

Alumnae Oral History Project. College Archives, Alumnae Gymnasium.

1:30–2:30 p.m.

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

1:30–3:30 p.m.

Career Workshop. “Smith Moms Connect: Negotiating a Return to the Workplace.” For alumnae only. Campus Center 003.

2:30 p.m.

The Eye Is a Door: Gallery Conversation. Guided by a member of the museum staff, discover a new way to see the landscapes around you. Join a conversation about the exhibition The Eye Is a Door, featuring photography by renowned landscape architect and artist Anne Whiston Spirn. Smith College Museum of Art.

2:30 p.m.

Celebrations Dance Company’s Annual Commencement Concert. 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.

2:30–3:30 p.m.

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

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.

2:30–3:30 p.m.

Reunion Faculty Presentations

Experience the rich intellectual life of Smith students today by attending brief lectures from Smith faculty. For lecture titles, pick up a handout at the Alumnae House or Campus Center Information Booth, check the Reunion website at alumnae.smith.edu/reunion2014 or view the listing on the mobile app. Open to all. Location to be determined.

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.

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.

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

2:30–4 p.m.

Reception for honorary degree recipient Ambassador Swanee Hunt, who shares her life story as she donates her papers to the Sophia Smith Collection. Sophia Smith Collection, Alumnae Gym, level A.

2:30–4 p.m.

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

2:30–4:30 p.m.

Open House, Library Special Collections. Meet curators and archivists and learn about Smith’s rare book collection and our internationally renowned women’s history archives. Refreshments will be served. Mortimer Rare Book Room, Neilson, level 3, and College Archives & Sophia Smith Collection, Alumnae Gymnasium, level A.

2:30–4:30 p.m.

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

2:45–4 p.m.

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

3–4 p.m.

Children’s Story Hour and Activities for children aged 2 to 8. Neilson Library, level 1 core studio.

3–4 p.m.

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

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.

3–4:15 p.m.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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 Season’s Room.

3:30-4:30 pm

The Botanic Garden: Past, Present, and Future. Presentation by Botanic Garden Director Michael Marcotrigiano. Lyman Plant House, room 110.

3:30–4:30 p.m.

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

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.

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.

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

4 p.m.

International Students Reception hosted by the Lewis Global Studies Center, including Hrayr Tamzarian, former associate dean for international students and scholars, Caitlin Szymkowicz, new associate dean for international students and scholars, and Ashavan Doyon, administrative assistant for student affairs. All students, guests and family welcome. Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright Hall.

4–5 p.m.

A Vision for Smith in the 21st Century: remarks by President Kathleen McCartney Join President McCartney during her first Reunion to hear about her vision for Smith, priorities for Smith in the 21st century and exciting campus initiatives. Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts.

4–5 p.m.

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

4–5 p.m.

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

4–5:30 p.m.

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

4–4:30 p.m.

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

4:15–5:15 p.m.

French department and comparative literature reception for seniors, their families and alumnae. Seelye 207.

4:30 p.m.

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

5:15–6:15 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.

7:15 p.m.

Sophomore Push 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; Global Studies Center; and Wright, upper lobby.

 

Sunday, May 18 (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 Chase/Duckett, King/Scales, Morrow/Wilson and Tyler houses. Parents and families may not attend.

7:30–8:30 a.m.

2.014 mile Reunion Fun Run/Walk. Enjoy your last morning on campus with a leisurely run or walk through the campus and surrounding neighborhood. Starting and ending at Neilson Library.

8:15 a.m.

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

Commencement

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).

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. They should be on time and cooperate with the Sophomore Push members. Seniors traditionally wear white attire and black shoes with their caps, gowns and hoods. (See page 19, note 12.) 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 (1964) brunch. Conference Center.

10–11:30 a.m.

All Reunion brunch for alumnae and guests . Reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased at the Alumnae House or Davis Ballroom on a space-available basis. Alumnae House, 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 19; seniors must return their keys to Clark Hall by noon.)