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2014 Rally Day Medalists

Click here to watch the full interviews. For their extraordinary professional achievements and outstanding service to their communities, four alumnae received the Smith College Medal at Rally Day 2014: Susan Hiller ’61, artist; Susan May Molineaux ’75, biotech entrepreneur; Amy Ellis Nutt ’77, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist; and Farah Pandith ’90, first representative to Muslim communities. 

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Rally Day—A Tradition Since 1876

What is Rally Day? It depends on whom you ask. But most importantly, it’s a day to bring together students and the college community, celebrate the rich history of Smith, and share time with outstanding alumnae. For seniors, Rally Day is a chance to try on their graduation robes and get creative with funky headwear. Rally Day is something for everyone and it’s been happening on campus since 1876, one of Smith’s oldest and most cherished traditions. Learn more about this event.

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Rally Day Hats Tradition

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.