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The Ada Comstock Scholars Program was established in 1975 under President Jill Ker Conway to enable women of nontraditional college age to complete their undergraduate degree. The program was designed to accommodate women at all stages of life, offering the opportunity to complete their education on a flexible schedule and providing special academic and social supports. Named for Ada Comstock 1897, the first dean of the college at Smith, Ada Comstock Scholars enrich the Smith community in myriad ways. Learn more about this unique program and the diverse women in the class. 

  • Ten female Iraqi undergraduates from the College of Science for Women at the University of Baghdad gained exposure to science and engineering education and equipment not readily available to...

  • More than 50 graduates of Smith’s “foreign legion”—that is, international students who came to Smith for the one-year American Studies Diploma Program (DIPL)—...

  • Every year, following commencement, new Smith graduates march up to the courtyard of King and Scales houses and form concentric circles, passing diplomas around in an annual ritual called the...

  • "Good morning ladies, gentlemen, and everyone in between."
    Caitlyn Kirby, president of the Class of 2012, delivered the student speech at Smith College’s 134th...

  • Although each student house at Smith College has its own character, they share one thing in common: a piano in every living room. Some students take the opportunity to continue years of lessons...

  • Emmy- and Golden Globe–winning actress Jane Lynch was the speaker at Smith College’s 134th Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 20, 2012.

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  • This year, renowned curator Thelma Golden ’87 celebrated her twenty-fifth reunion and gave the alumna keynote address at the Ivy Day celebration on May 19. Through her work with the...

  • Shishona Jones, a member of the Class of 2012, delivered the student address at Smith College’s Ivy Day celebration on Saturday, May 19.

  • Ann Leone, Professor of French Studies
    Ann Leone examines how writers have used landscapes to aid in the telling of stories throughout literature, offering a "voice...

  • It’s dark, about 5:30 a.m. The air is frigid and icy, with a cutting breeze knifing off the water. Movement for a while is sluggish and achy. For more than 60 students, members of the...

  • When Maggie Kurkoski ’12, working as a research assistant for Scott Bradbury, professor of classical languages and literatures, dug through the storage cabinets in the Caverno Room in...

  • Laura D'Andrea Tyson ’69 was the first woman to head the National Economic Council from 1993 to 1995, during the administration of President Bill Clinton. She is now the S.K. and...

  • In addition to being editor of the arts and literature quarterly, the Hudson Review, Paula Deitz '59 is a writer and cultural critic in the fields of art, architecture, design, and landscape...

  • Amy Ellis Nutt '77 a staff writer at the Star-Ledger in Newark, NJ, for 13 years, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for her feature series "The Wreck of the Lady Mary," about the 2009...

  • Kerianne Panos '98, who speaks seven languages, is president of Boston-based MCML Consulting Services, an international educational organization she founded after working in Japan for a...

  • Thanks to an expanding program in Arabic studies at Smith and the Five
    Colleges, led by Abdelkader Berrahmoun, lecturer in Middle East studies,
    learning the dominant language of...

  • Susan Spoehrer Elliott ’58 talks about her 50-plus years in the technology industry. After graduation, she became one of the first female programmers at IBM, and later founded the...

  • John Gibson, senior lecturer, art department
    John Gibson teaches a brief lesson on seeing, thinking and drawing. He moves from how we perceive differences among objects toward a...

  • Jane Lynch, the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress of film, television and theater, will be the speaker at Smith College's 134th commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 20, at 10 a.m. in the...

  • Can't get down to Ainsworth to catch the basketball game? Planning to head out of town this weekend? No matter. Now you can catch live broadcasts of every home game online, complete with...

  • In the aftermath of a devastating tornado that touched down in Springfield, Massachusetts, in June 2011 and affected an estimated 40 percent of the population, a class of Smith engineering...

  • Nina Antonetti, Assistant Professor of Landscape Studies
    Nina Antonetti traces the evolution of the Smith College campus from the original 27-acre pastoral academic village...

  • With Smith students, faculty and alumnae gathering in Washington, D.C., on December 15 for the inaugural colloquium of the Women in Public Service Project, the year 2011 ended on an inspiring...

  • As part of the college's multi-faceted approach to environmental sustainability, students coordinated "No-Shave November," a month-long contest among campus residences challenging...

  • President Carol T. Christ
    In 2011, Smith College collaborated with other top U.S. women’s colleges — Mount Holyoke, Barnard, Bryn Mawr and Wellesley — and the...