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2016 Schedule

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Printed copies of the Commencement and Reunion weekend schedule will be available at the Campus Center and at the Alumnae House.

Thursday, May 12 (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.

Afternoon

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 and Junior Ushers, the Ada Comstock Scholars president, the president of the senior class, and the president of the SGA. 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.

4–5 p.m.

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

4:30–7 p.m.

The Smith Bell Ringers welcome all alumnae and families during open practice. Join in the practice or just meet the bell ringers and visit the tower. Experienced ringers attending open practice are also invited to ring on Friday from 1:30 to 1:45 in honor of reunion. Mendenhall bell tower.

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).

Evening

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.

8 p.m.

The Legend of Galtrigillian. A musical storytelling play by Ellie Davis ’16. An adventure of myth, music and merriment inspired by Celtic mythology. Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA.

Friday, May 13 (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.

Morning

7 a.m.–9 a.m.

Breakfast for students served in Cutter/Ziskind, King/Scales, Lamont and Tyler houses.

8:30–4:30 p.m.

Admission Office open for browsing and questions. 7 College Lane.

9–10 a.m.

Reunion Faculty Presentations. Experience the rich intellectual life of Smith students today by attending brief lectures from Smith faculty.

Europe’s Current Refugee Crisis: Is This an End to Schengen and Open Borders?

Gregory White, Mary Higgins Gamble Professor of Government. Seelye 201.

Visible and Invisible: A Vigorous Walk of Campus Sustainability

Dano Weisbord, director, campus sustainability and space planning. Meet at Northrop/Gillett portico.

Ford Hall Tour

Meet in Ford Hall 240.

How Poems Mean

Ellen Doré Watson, lecturer, English language and literature; director, Poetry Center. Poetry Center, Wright Hall.

9:15–10:15 a.m.

Meeting of Junior Ushers and Sophomore Push. Indoor Track and Tennis Facility.

10:30–11:30 a.m.

Smith in the World: Student Panel and Presentation. Current students will share how their studies at Smith have shaped their off-campus endeavors and how those experiences have enriched their liberal arts education at Smith. Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall.

10:30–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.

Afternoon

Immediately following the Ivy Day and Commencement Rehearsal (to 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).

1:30–1:45 p.m.

Change-Ringing of the Mendenhall Tower Bells.

2–3 p.m.

Beyond the Stacks: Reimagining the Libraries for the 21st Century. Christopher Loring, director of libraries, and Beth Myers, director of special collections, discuss plans for the new library, the distinguishing features of 21st-century libraries and the evolving role of libraries in the age of technology. Weinstein Auditorium, Wright.

2–3 p.m

Educating Women in Science. Patricia Marten DiBartolo, Caroline L. Wall Professor of Psychology, faculty director of the sciences. Ford Hall 240.

3 p.m.

Commencement Recital Solo and Chamber Music featuring instrumentalists and singers from the graduating class. Sweeney Concert Hall.

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.

3–4 p.m.

International Students Reception for international students, their families and international alumnae. Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright Hall.

3–4 p.m.

Gallery Talk “Dislocation / Negotiating Identity: Contemporary Photographs From South and Southeast Asia.” A faculty gallery talk in the new Carol T. Christ Asian Art Gallery exploring the theme of “dislocation” in the work of nine notable contemporary Asian photographers. Museum of Art.

3:30–5 p.m.

Open House of the Smith College Historic Clothing Collection Alumnae, seniors and their families are welcome. Green Room, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts.

4 p.m.

The Legend of Galtrigillian. A musical storytelling play by Ellie Davis ’16. An adventure of myth, music and merriment, inspired by Celtic mythology. Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA.

4–5 p.m.

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

4–5 p.m.

Admission reception for alumnae admission volunteers. Alumnae interested in becoming volunteers are also welcome to attend, as are seniors and their families. Admission Office, 7 College Lane.

4–5 p.m.

Study-Abroad reception for students and alumnae who participated in study abroad programs, including (but not limited to) Smith Programs Abroad (JYA) in Paris, Florence, Geneva and Hamburg. Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright Hall.

4–8 p.m.

Second Friday at the Museum. Explore the theme of Artful Abstraction. Join us from 4 to 6 p.m. for hands-on art-making for all ages, inspired by works on view. Experiment with unusual tools (no paintbrushes allowed!) to make your own abstract painting. At 6–6:30 p.m., join a guided conversation exploring a work of art on view in the museum. Free admission, all ages welcome. Refreshments served. Museum of Art.

5:30

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

Evening

7:30–11 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.

8 p.m.

Lifeguards’ Synchronized Swimming Show. Please 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.

Commencement Orchestra Concert featuring soloists from the graduating class. Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall.

9:30

World premiere of Iskra, an immersive outdoor folk opera that explores the lives of immigrant anthracite miners after the oppressive 1897 Immigrant Tax. Composed by Jessica Marlor ’16. Mendenhall Courtyard (rain location: Mendenhall TV Studio).

Saturday, May 14 (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 6 p.m.

Morning

7–9 a.m.

Breakfast for students served in Cutter/Ziskind, King/Scales, Lamont and Tyler houses.

8–8:45 a.m.

Meeting of Junior Ushers and Sophomore Push. Campus Center 103/104

Ivy Day Activities

Inclement Weather

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 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.

 

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, across Paradise Road and up to the Emerson House Archway 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.

Presentation of Alumnae Class Awards and celebration of alumnae gifts

The Ivy Day Awards Convocation

The awards convocation ceremony honoring the academic achievements of members of the class of 2016 will conclude with the ceremonial planting of the class ivy. The Quadrangle.

11 a.m.–Noon

Athletics Reception. Drop in and visit with old friends from your athletic days, meet Kristin Hughes, director of athletics and recreation, and visit with the coaching staff. Ainsworth entrance, level 1 (hallway).

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.

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

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

Afternoon

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. (adults: $12, children: $6). Scott Gymnasium.

Noon–1 p.m.

Multicultural Family Brunch for graduating seniors of color celebrating their achievements with their families. Hosted by Alumnae Relations; Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity; Office of Multicultural Affairs; and the Unity Presidents’ Council. Mwangi Cultural Center, Davis Lawn (rain location: Davis Ballroom).

Noon–1:30 p.m.

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

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).

2 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.

2–3 p.m.

Reunion Faculty Presentations. Experience the rich intellectual life of Smith students today by attending brief lectures from Smith faculty.

The Psychology of Women’s Activism: Smith’s First Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

Lauren E. Duncan, professor and department chair, psychology. Seelye Hall 101.

Europe’s Current Refugee Crisis: Is This an End to Schengen and Open Borders?

Gregory White, professor, government. Seelye Hall 201.

Visible and Invisible: A Vigorous Walk of Campus Sustainability

Dano Weisbord, director, campus sustainability and space planning. Meet at Northrop/Gillett portico.

Neurobiology of Memory: Use It or Lose It

Adam Hall, professor, biological sciences, neuroscience and biochemistry. Seelye Hall 106.

How Poems Mean

Ellen Doré Watson, lecturer, English language and literature; director of the Poetry Center. Poetry Center, Wright Hall.

2–3:30 p.m.

Reception for Residence Life student staff members, seniors, their families and alumnae who have served in these roles. Clark Hall conference room and porch.

2–4 p.m.

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

2–5 p.m.

Open house, Library Special Collections. Meet curators and archivists and see some of Smith’s fabulous rare books and world-renowned women’s history collections. Mortimer Rare Book Room, Neilson Library, level 3; and College Archives & Sophia Smith Collection, Alumnae Gymnasium, level A.

2:30–3 p.m.

Statistical and data sciences program reception for seniors, alumnae and guests. Seasons Room, Ford Hall.

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.

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

2:30–3:30 p.m.

Picker Engineering Program reception for seniors and their guests. Ford Hall 022, 024.

2:30–4 p.m.

Africana studies reception for seniors, their families and alumnae. Department toast at 3 p.m. Campus Center garden level and TV lounge.

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.

Economics department reception for seniors, their families and alumnae. Neilson Library Browsing Room.

2:30–4 p.m.

Environmental science and policy, landscape studies, and environmental concentrations joint reception for seniors, alumnae and their guests. Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability; Wright Hall 005.

2:30–4:30 p.m.

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

2:30–4:30 p.m.

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

2:30–4:30 p.m.

Reception for graduating majors in Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American and Latino/a Studies. Campus Center 102.

3–3:30 p.m.

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

3–4 p.m.

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

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.

3–4:30 p.m.

Botanic Garden reception. View the Lyman Conservatory collections, exhibition gallery, Woods of the World installation and Plant Evolution mural. Meet Botanic Garden staff and learn about new initiatives and plans for the future. Light refreshments. Lyman Plant House, room 112.

3–4:30 p.m.

Reception for those affiliated with St. John’s Episcopal Church. graduates, their families and alumnae. Light refreshments served. St. John’s Church parlors, Elm Street.

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.

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.

Geosciences department reception for geoscience majors, their families and alumnae. Clark Science Center patio (rain location: Burton Hall foyer).

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.

3:30–4 p.m.

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

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.

3:30–5 p.m.

Program for the Study of Women and Gender reception for seniors, their families and alumnae. Campus Center 205.

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.

Mathematics and statistics department reception for seniors, alumnae and guests. Math Forum, Burton Hall 304.

3:30–5 p.m.

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

4–5 p.m.

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

4–5 p.m.

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

4–5 p.m.

The East Asian languages and literatures department and East Asian studies program joint reception for seniors, their families and alumnae. Campus Center 103/104.

4:15–5:15 p.m.

French department and comparative literature reception for seniors, their families and alumnae. Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright Hall.

4:30–6 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.

5:30–6:30 p.m.

Fulbright Fellows. reception for seniors, graduate students, alumnae, families, friends and faculty supporters. Museum of Art, atrium.

Evening

7:15 p.m.

Junior Ushers Meeting. In front of Lyman Conservatory.

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.).

 

Sunday, May 15 (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.

Morning

7–9 a.m.

Breakfast for students served. in Cutter/Ziskind, King/Scales, Lamont and Tyler houses. Continental breakfast will be served at Cushing/Emerson. Parents and families may not attend.

8 a.m.

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

Commencement

Inclement Weather

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).

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 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. Seniors traditionally wear white attire and black shoes with their caps, gowns and hoods. The audience will be seated by 9:45 a.m.

10 a.m.

Commencement Exercises

The Quadrangle.

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.)

Afternoon

12:30–2 p.m.

Commencement luncheon honoring seniors and graduate students. College dining rooms, Campus Center.