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For members of the Class of 2010, the days at Smith are coming to an end. On Sunday, May 16, during the college's 132nd commencement ceremony, 733 undergraduates and 85 advanced degree candidates will receive their degrees and embark on new paths. The Gate salutes Smith's graduates with this special Commencement Edition.

Rachel Maddow to Deliver Smith's 2010 Commencement Address

Rachel Maddow, a political analyst and media host, who rose to national prominence after launching her career on local radio, will be the speaker at the 132nd commencement ceremony. Maddow and four other accomplished women will receive honorary degrees prior to the address.

The Speech: Parting Words for Those About to Change the World

Rachel Maddow is the latest in an impressive succession of speakers who impart the final words of wisdom to Smith graduates. Who has accepted that role in the past? How were they chosen? And what have they said?

Student Profiles: Three Members of the Class of 2010

Kitchen to Wall Street

Samantha Young will soon need her tattooed to-do list.

2 Passions, 1 Career

Alison Montgomery will combine her two passions.

Changing the World

Margaret Mongare will return to Naiobi before resuming studies.

Senior Banquet: Something Old, New

One of the most cherished parts of Senior Banquet is the tradition of willing, in which seniors give away itesm they've used while at Smith to their younger successors. "Willing is a great opportunity to tell people about what they mean to me," said senior Elizabeth Glenn '10.

Performing Arts at Commencement

Theater, dance, music, even synchronized swimming. Commencement Weekend, as usual, offers an entertaining lineup of performance events featuring Smith students. Running May 13 through 15: Tricky Wicked Bitch, a play by Lisa Meyers '11, directed by Sarah Thompson '10.