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Commencement

May 15, 2022

Congratulations are in order! Commencement Weekend is our chance to honor your accomplishments and celebrate you. We enjoyed seeing you, your families, loved ones and friends gathered together to take part in Smith’s time-honored traditions of Ivy Day, Illumination Night and our Commencement Ceremony. We’re excited about sending graduates off to new adventures with the knowledge that your connection to Smith will always remain.

“You are all links in a remarkable chain of change makers and barrier breakers, artists and activists, teachers and scholars, whose ambitions were activated right here at Smith.”
President Kathleen McCartney, Ivy Day 2021

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Commencement Address 2022

This year’s Commencement Address will be given by Beverly Daniel Tatum. We look forward to celebrating the class of 2022!

SPEAKERS & HONOREES

 

Commencement Schedule

Please note: last minute changes may not be reflected in this schedule.

Residence houses close at noon on Monday, May 16. Graduates must return their keys to Clark Hall by noon.

Academic regalia for students is available for purchase at the Smith College Bookstore from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ivy Day Leadership Orientation
1–1:45 p.m.
Campus Center front steps, Chapin Lawn

A preview of weekend activities and leadership roles for Ivy Day for all members of Sophomore Push and Junior Ushers, the president of the Ada Comstock Scholars, the president of the senior class and the president of the Student Government Association.

Commencement Leadership Orientation
1:45–3 p.m.
Comstock Courtyard

A preview of Commencement and leadership roles for all members of Sophomore Push and Junior Ushers, the president of the Ada Comstock Scholars, the president of the senior class and the president of the SGA.

Baccalaureate, for seniors only
3:30–4:30 p.m.
Helen Hills Hills Chapel

Baccalaureate gives seniors an opportunity 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.

12-Step Recovery Program meeting, open to all
4–5 p.m.
Wright Hall 002

The Smith Bell Ringers’ Open Practice
4:30–7 p.m.
Mendenhall Bell Tower

All alumnae and families are welcome. Join in the practice or just meet the bell ringers and visit the tower. A quarter peal will be rung during this time to celebrate the 50th Reunion participants. Practice will be from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m., with the quarter peal beginning at 6 p.m.

Senior Celebration Barbecue
5–7 p.m.
Seelye Lawn Tent (rain or shine)

For seniors, graduate students and approved students remaining on campus. Complimentary wine and beer for seniors 21 and over with valid I.D.

Celebrations Dance Company’s Annual Commencement Concert
8 p.m.
Scott Dance Studio

Performance by Celebrations, Smith’s oldest student-run dance company, showcasing student choreography and performance. Donations accepted.

Academic regalia for students is available for purchase at the Smith College Bookstore from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Please note: The Anthropology and Astronomy departments are holding receptions on Friday, May 13th. For more information, see the "Academic Departments and Programs Commencement Receptions" tab.  

Breakfast for Students
7–9 a.m.
Served in Cutter/Ziskind, King/Scales and Tyler houses

Admission Office Open House
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
7 College Lane

For browsing and questions.

Reunion Presentation: “Maya Lin: Mappings”
9–10 a.m.
Stoddard Auditorium
Join SCMA curator Aprile Gallant for a preview of this special exhibition at the Smith College Museum of Art.

Commencement Rehearsal
9–10:30 a.m.
Indoor Track and Tennis Facility

Attendance is mandatory for all seniors, Junior Ushers, Sophomore Push and candidates for advanced degrees.

Graduate and Special Programs Pre-rehearsal Breakfast
10:30–11:30 a.m.
McConnell Hall foyer

All master’s degree, diploma and post-bac certificate programs graduates are invited to join staff from the Office of Graduate and Special Programs for breakfast after the Commencement rehearsal. Come get information, ask questions, socialize with fellow students, and share experiences and future plans.

State of the College
10:30–11:30 a.m.
Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall

President Kathleen McCartney

Senior Luncheon
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Chase, King and Tyler houses

For seniors and all students remaining on campus.

The Grécourt Society Ice Cream Stand
11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Campus Center, main level

Smith’s legacy society honors those who have included Smith in their estate plans. All alumnae are invited to enjoy free ice cream and learn more about The Grécourt Society and ways to become a member.

Reunion Presentation: “Race Theory in 20th-Century America and Its Critical Reception”
1–2 p.m.
Stoddard Auditorium
Albert Mosley, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

Reunion Presentation: “We Want In: The Ongoing Campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment”
1–2 p.m.
Ford Hall 240
Carrie Baker, Professor of the Study of Women and Gender

International Students, Alums and Families Gathering
2:15–3:15 p.m.
Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright Hall, upper lobby

Gathering for international students, their families, international alums, and their guests. Grab a quick snack or caffeinate while joining informal conversations with each other and representatives of Smith’s Lewis Global Studies Center and International Alumnae Relations.

Reunion Presentation: Faculty Showcase
Javier Puente, assistant professor, Latin American and Latino/a Studies

3–4 p.m.
Ford Hall 240

Reunion Presentation: Faculty Showcase
Nicholas Howe, Professor of Computer Science

3–4 p.m.
Stoddard Auditorium

Study-Abroad and Alums Gathering
3:15–4:15 p.m.
Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright Upper Lobby, Wright Hall

Gathering for students and alums who studied abroad and their guests. Grab a quick snack or caffeinate while joining informal conversations with each other and representatives of Smith’s Lewis Global Studies Center and former Smith Programs Abroad faculty directors.

12-Step Recovery Program meeting, open to all.
4–5 p.m.
Wright Hall 002

Reunion Presentation
4:15–5:15 p.m.
Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall

Joanna May, vice president for enrollment, and Baishakhi Taylor, dean of the college and vice president for campus life, with Smith students.

Chamber Ensemble Concert
4:30 p.m.
Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall

Featuring members of the graduating class.

Commencement Shabbat Services and celebratory dinner
5:30 p.m.
Helen Hills Hills Chapel

For Jewish seniors, families and friends.

Celebrations Dance Company’s Annual Commencement Concert
8 p.m.
Scott Dance Studio

Performance by Celebrations, Smith’s oldest student-run dance company, showcasing student choreography and performance. Donations accepted.

Astronomy Open House
8–11 p.m.
McConnell Hall foyer and McConnell Rooftop Observatory

Note: Telescopic observations begin at 9 p.m. if weather permits

Commencement Orchestra Concert
8:30–10:30 p.m.
Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall

Featuring soloists from the graduating class.

Academic regalia for students is available for purchase at the Smith College Bookstore from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Please note: Academic departments are holding receptions on Saturday, May 14th. For more information, see the "Academic Departments and Programs Commencement Receptions" tab.  

Breakfast for students
7–9 a.m.
Served in Cutter/Ziskind, King/Scales and Tyler houses.

Sophomore Push and Junior Ushers Meeting
8–9 a.m.
Carroll Room, Campus Center

Ivy Day Activities

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 a.m. The doors of the ITT will open at that time. Seniors should enter the main lobby of the ITT through the glass doors and will be instructed where to pick up their roses and line up. 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.

Watch via Facebook or Webcast.

Seniors Assemble
8:45 a.m.
President’s House, front

Roses will be distributed to seniors.
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.

Junior Ushers Assemble
8:45 a.m.
Admission Office parking spaces

Alumnae Parade Assembly
8:45 a.m.
Chapin Drive, between the Campus Center and College Lane

Alumnae Parade
9:15 a.m.
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
The Quadrangle
Alumnae Association of Smith College President Peggie Koon ’74
Remarks
President Kathleen McCartney
Presentation of Alumnae Class Awards and celebration of alumnae gifts

The Ivy Day Awards Convocation
The Quadrangle
The awards convocation ceremony honoring the academic achievements of members of the graduating class will conclude with the ceremonial planting of the class ivy.

Josten Library Open House
11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Josten Library, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts

Visit Smith’s performing arts library, which boasts inspiring architecture and an outstanding interdisciplinary collection of music, theater and dance books; playscripts; music scores; as well as audio, video and other resources.

Lunch-to-go
Noon–1 p.m.
Scott Gymnasium

For seniors, graduate students, student workers and approved students remaining on campus. Parents and guests of students may purchase online tickets in advance through the C-VENT ticket program. (Pricing: adults $13, children 12 and under $6, children under 5-free; no charge for Smith seniors or student workers).

President’s Reception
1:30–2:15 p.m.
Seelye lawn (rain location: Campus Center)

For seniors and graduate students, their families, guests, faculty, alumnae and staff.

Celebrations Dance Company’s Annual Commencement Concert
2 p.m.
Scott Dance Studio

Performance by Celebrations, Smith’s oldest student-run dance company, showcasing student choreography and performance. Donations accepted.

Jill Ker Conway Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center Open House
2–3 p.m.
Conway Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, Neilson 103 Meet the center’s staff and learn about the opportunities offered in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship and financial education.

German Honor Society Delta Phi Alpha Initiation Ceremony
2:30–3 p.m.
Hatfield Hall 204

Families and alums are welcome.

Hillyer Art Library Open House
2:30–4 p.m.
Hillyer Art Library, Brown Fine Arts Center

Explore Smith’s remarkable art library and browse collections covering the history, theory, criticism and practice of the visual arts.

Jandon Center for Community Engagement Reception
2:30–4 p.m.
Jandon Center, Wright Hall 013

For community engagement and social change concentrators and Jandon Fellows. For all faculty, staff and guests of the graduates.

Residence Life Reception
2:30–4 p.m.
Clark Hall, conference room and porch

For student staff members, seniors, and their families, as well as alums who have served in these roles.

Tennis Reception and hit-around
2:30–4 p.m.
Outdoor Tennis Courts

For all tennis alums and friends, as well as those who have found tennis after Smith. Come to play or join us courtside for some refreshments. Extra racquets are available. Canceled in case of rain.

Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism Open House
2:30–4:30 p.m.
Henshaw Complex, B2 offices, first floor

Join Meridians staff in celebrating graduates and alumnae. Light refreshments will be provided.

New Neilson Spaces and Services
2:30–4:30 p.m.
Neilson Library

Welcome to Neilson Library! Take a self-guided tour of the newly renovated Neilson Library designed by Maya Lin. Walk through the Neilson Library: Evolution exhibit in the 2nd floor gallery. Meet Neilson staff and see a showcase of available services and technology on display in the new ground floor Digital Media Hub and the first-floor Learning Commons service points.

Special Collections Open House
2:30–4:30 p.m.
Special Collections Reading Room, Neilson Library, 3rd floor

Visit the new home of Smith’s Special Collections. Meet curators and archivists, view materials and learn about the College Archives, the Mortimer Rare Book Collection and the Sophia Smith Collection of Women’s History.

Phi Beta Kappa Initiation Ceremony
2:45–4 p.m.
Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall

Conducted by Chapter Zeta in Massachusetts.

Conversation and Q&A with Honorary Degree Recipients
3–4 p.m.
Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts
Panel moderated by President Kathleen McCartney.

Reunion Presentation: “Becoming Carbon Neutral: Smith’s Geothermal Energy Project”
3–4 p.m.
Stoddard Auditorium
Dano Weisbord, associate vice president of campus planning and sustainability; Beth Hooker, director of sustainability; and Denise McKahn, associate professor of engineering and chair of the environmental concentration. Learn how Smith plans to make the campus carbon neutral, how students and faculty are involved in this process and how the plan will ultimately result in a lower cost, lower carbon Smith College.

Botanic Garden Open House and Reception
3–4:30 p.m.
Lyman Conservatory

Tour the conservatory, explore the current and permanent exhibits.

Smith Crew Boathouse Open House and Reception
3–5 p.m.
Connecticut River Boathouse, Sportsman’s Marina, 1 Russell St., Hadley, Mass.

All Smith crew alumnae, team members and families are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. No shuttle service.

Smith College Historic Clothing Collection Open House
3:30–5 p.m.
Theatre T15, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts

Explore the college’s research archive of women’s clothing, founded in 1978 by Beth Pfaltz Welsh ’79. Students serve as interns and research assistants. The cabinets will be open, and examples of garments and accessories will be on view.

12-Step Recovery Program meeting, open to all.
4–5 p.m.
Wright Hall 002

Service of Remembrance
4:15–5:15 p.m.
Helen Hills Hills Chapel

An ecumenical memorial service for reflecting, remembering and celebrating the lives of those who have died, focusing on Smith alums who have passed on since the last reunion. All are welcome.

Picker Engineering Program 10-Year Reunion for alumnae and their guests.
4:30–5:30 p.m.
Engineering wing, first floor, Ford Hall

Commencement Choral Concert
5–6 p.m.
Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall

Featuring pieces chosen and performed by members of the graduating class.

Junior Ushers’ meeting
7:15 p.m.
In front of Lyman Conservatory

Senior Class Candle-Lighting Ceremony
8 p.m.
Paradise Pond lawn, between the President’s House and Office of Admission

Meeting of Sophomore Push
8:15 p.m.
In front of Seelye Hall

Sophomore Push/Senior Step Sing
8:30 p.m.
Seelye Hall steps

Illumination of Upper Campus
8:30–10 p.m.
Rain location: Campus Center

Live Music by the Jay Messer Quintet

Ada Comstock Illumination Night Celebration
8:30–10:30 p.m.
Boutelle-Day Poetry Center and upper lobby, Wright Hall

Open to all Ada Comstock Scholars, Ada Comstock alums and their guests.

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.

Breakfast for Students
7–9 a.m.
Served in Cutter/Ziskind, King/Scales, Cushing/Emerson, Chase and Tyler houses.

The Campus Center Café is open for students, staff and faculty. Orders may be placed through the GRUBHUB app.

Meeting of Sophomore Push
8 a.m.
Steps of Comstock/Wilder (rain location: Indoor Track and Tennis Facility)

Meeting of Junior Ushers
8 a.m.
Steps of Wilson (rain location: Indoor Track and Tennis Facility)

Commencement

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 beginning at 8 a.m. For indoor Commencement, the ITT doors will open at 8 a.m. 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).

Watch via Facebook (captioned) or Webcast.

Assembling for Commencement
9:15 a.m.
All graduates must line up on Mandelle Road in front of Comstock and Wilder houses. Seniors should arrive wearing full regalia.
The faculty will assemble in the courtyard behind Laura Scales House.
Audience members should be seated by 9:45 a.m.

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.

Commencement Exercises
10 a.m.
The Quadrangle

Diploma Circle—Immediately Following Commencement
Graduating seniors only. Graduates will march out of the quadrangle onto the Laura Scales/Franklin King terrace. 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.)

Commencement Brunch honoring seniors and graduate students
12:30–2 p.m.
College dining rooms
For dining locations, visit https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/dining-services/special-events.

Friday, May 13

Anthropology
2:30–4 p.m.
Seelye 207

Astronomy
8–11 p.m.
McConnell Hall foyer and McConnell Rooftop Observatory

Note: Telescopic observations begin at 9 p.m. if weather permits

Saturday, May 14

Africana Studies
2:15–4 p.m.
Campus Center 102

American Studies and Sociology
2:30–4:30 p.m.
Mary Maples Dunn Conference Room, Pierce Hall

Art
3–4:30p.m.
Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer, Brown Fine Arts Center

Athletics, Exercise and Sport Studies
11:45 a.m.–1 p.m.
Ainsworth S150, S151

Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Chemistry and Neuroscience
3:30–4:30 p.m.
Ford 240, Ford Hall atrium, terrace and Pearsall Season’s Room

Computer Science
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Ford atrium

East Asian Languages and Cultures
3:30–5 p.m.
Hatfield 205

Economics
4–5:30 p.m.
Boeckman Sculpture Court, Museum of Art

Education and Child Study
3–4 p.m.
Gill Hall Gym, Smith College Campus School

Picker Engineering Program
2:30–4 p.m.
Ford Hall, 022 & 024

English, Poetry Center and Poetry Concentration
2:30–3:30 p.m.
Poetry Center, Wright Hall

Environmental Science and Policy, Landscape Studies and Environmental Concentrations
2:15–4 p.m.
Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability; Wright Hall 005

Film and Media Studies
4–5 p.m.
Kahn Institute colloquium room, 21 Henshaw Avenue

French and World Literatures
4–5 p.m.
Lewis Global Studies Center Lounge and Library, Wright Hall

Geosciences
3–5 p.m.
Clark Science Center patio (rain location: Burton Hall foyer)

German Studies, Italian Studies
3–5 p.m.
Boathouse lawn (rain location: Hatfield 105)

Government
2:15–3:30 p.m.
Seelye 207

History
3–5 p.m.
Sylvia’s Room, Campus Center

Jewish Studies
3–4:30 p.m.
Dewey Hall front porch (rain location: Dewey Common Room)

Latin American and Latina/o Studies
3:30–5 p.m.
Hillyer Lounge, courtyard, Hillyer Brown Fine Arts Center, lower level

Mathematics and Statistics
3:30–5 p.m.
Lanning Fountain lawn

Performing Arts (Music, Theatre and Dance)
3–5 p.m.
Mezzanine level, Josten Library, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts

Philosophy
3:30–5 p.m.
Philosophy Study, Dewey Hall

Physics
4–5 p.m.
McConnell 324

Psychology Department
2:30–4 p.m.
McConnell Foyer

Religion
3–4:30 p.m.
Dewey Hall front porch (rain location: Dewey Common Room)

Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
3–4:30 p.m.
Dewey Hall front porch (rain location: Dewey Common Room)

Sociology and American Studies 
2:30–4:30 p.m.
Mary Maples Dunn Conference Room, Pierce Hall
 

Statistical & Data Sciences
2:30–3:30 p.m.
Seasons Room, Ford Hall

Study of Women and Gender
3:30–5 p.m.
Campus Center 205