Rally Day Origins

First held in 1876, Rally Day can be traced to George Washington birthday celebrations at Smith. The name was first used in 1906. Read more...

Rally Day Show Program, 1934,
"Divine Comedy of Smith College"

 

Over time what started as dinners or receptions, held annually to celebrate Washington's birthday, grew into daylong college events.

Through the years, Rally Day has included debates, basketball games, dramatic presentations, singing and dancing.

For more information about the history of Rally Day and Rally Day traditions, please visit the Rally Day web page.

More Images from the Smith College Archives

Washington's Birthday (Rally Day) 1895 inside Alumnae Gymnasium

Washington's Birthday (Rally Day)
1895 inside Alumnae Gymnasium
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Rally Day 1994 Inside JMG

Rally Day 1994 inside John M. Greene Hall
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2014 Festivities

Rally Day 2014 convocation is scheduled for Wednesday, February 19, at 1:30 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall, featuring recognition of the achievements of distinguished Smith alumnae. Visit the Rally Day web page for details on this year's medalists.

View a live webcast of the Rally Day convocation.

 

Rally Day 1994 Line Outside of JMG

 

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Line outside Rally Day

More Information

For more information on this year's events, go to http://www.smith.edu/rallyday/.

 

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Rally Day Banners

Offices Closed / Libraries Open

During the Rally Day ceremony Academic and Administrative offices close so that the Smith College academic, administrative, and administrative support staff can attend the ceremony. The libraries stay open during this time.

 

Rally Day 1994 Happy Seniors

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Rally Day 1994 Happy Seniors

Contact

Nanci Young
College Archivist
nyoung@smith.edu
(413) 585-2976