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Commencement Schedule

Two students lighting candles at Illumination Night

Thursday, May 17

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

Afternoon

1–1:45 p.m.—Ivy Day Orientation

A preview of weekend activities and leadership roles for Ivy Day 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. 
Campus Center front steps, Chapin Lawn

1:45–3 p.m.—Commencement Orientation

A preview of weekend activities and leadership roles for Commencement 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 

4–4:45 p.m.—Gallery Talk 

Zarah Ferrari ’18 will talk about works by Ana Mendieta and Dania González to mark the culmination of her year as the inaugural Brown/Kennedy Museum Research Fellow in Art History.
Museum of Art, Lower Level, Talk Back Space

4–5 p.m.

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

4:30–7 p.m.

The Smith Bell Ringers’ open practice, all alumnae and families welcome. 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 Barbecue 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

7:30 p.m.—Commencement Theatre Performances: Two Studio Productions

Red Bike
By Caridad Svich, directed by Marty Bongfeldt AC, featuring Alana Young ’18
What kind of future will you have living in these here United States? Remember when you were 11 years old and you had a bike, one that made you dream about a world bigger than the one in which you live? This is that memory. Except it is now.
 
Mothering Her Memories
Written and directed by Zoe Rose Kriegler-Wenk ’18
Linnea and her daughter Heather must navigate a notable shift in their relationship when the progression of Linnea’s Alzheimer’s prompts Heather to take on a maternal role.

Free
Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall Center For Performing Arts

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

Performance by Celebrations, Smith’s student-run dance company, specializing in the contemporary choreography and performance of its members. (See page 3.) Suggested donation: $5.
Scott Dance Studio.

Friday, May 18

Academic regalia for students is available for purchase at the Smith College Bookstore 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

9:15–10:15 a.m.—Meeting of Junior Ushers and Sophomore Push

Indoor Track and Tennis Facility

9:30–10:30 a.m.—Graduate and Special Programs Prerehearsal Breakfast Meeting

All students graduating from master’s degree, Diploma and Post-Bac Certificate programs are invited to breakfast before the Commencement rehearsal. Come ask questions, connect with your fellow students, and share experiences and future plans.
McConnell Hall Foyer

10–11 a.m.—Smith Today: Student Panel 

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. Moderated by Julie Ohotnicky, dean of students, associate dean of the college.
Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall

10:30 a.m.–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 

Senior Luncheon immediately following the Ivy Day and Commencement Rehearsal (to 1 p.m.). 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)   

11:15 a.m.–noon—Renewing Neilson for the 21st Century

Susan Fliss, dean of the libraries, and Roger Mosier, associate vice president for facilities.
Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall

11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.—The Grécourt Society ice cream stand 

All alumnae are invited to enjoy an ice cream treat. Information will be available about The Grécourt Society and how to include Smith in your estate plans.
Campus Center, main level
 

Afternoon

1:30–1:45 p.m.—Change-Ringing of the Mendenhall Tower Bells in honor of Reunion   

2–3 p.m.—Gallery Talk 

“Modern Images of the Body from East Asia” Yao Wu, Jane Chace Carroll Curator of Asian Art, and organizing curator of this exhibition, will talk about the works on view.
Museum of Art, level 1, Sacerdote Gallery

2–3 p.m.—Reunion Faculty Presentations 

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

Going Beyond Surface Learning—A Guide for Teachers and Learners in the Knowledge Age
Glenn Ellis, professor of engineering
Seelye 106

The N-word: History, Race and the College Classroom
Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor, associate professor of history
Seelye 201

A Brief History of U.S.–North Korean Relations
Marnie S. Anderson ’97, associate professor of history and director of the Program in East Asian Studies
Seelye 101

How Poems Mean 
Ellen Doré Watson, lecturer in English language and literature; director of the Poetry Center 
Poetry Center, Wright Hall

2:30–4 p.m.

Jandon Center for Community Engagement reception for community engagement and social change concentration graduates, faculty, staff and guests.
Jandon Center, Wright Hall 013

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 Campus Center information desk. 
Campus Center, main level

3–4 p.m.

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

3–4 p.m.—Alumnae Chorus reception

Reuning Smithies and friends who love to sing are invited to come meet members of the Smith College Alumnae Chorus.
Green Room, Sage Hall

3–5 p.m.

Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism journal open house
Smith College based feminist, interdisciplinary journal whose goal is to provide a forum for the finest scholarship and creative work by and about women of color in U.S. and international contexts. We welcome seniors and their families to visit our office, Henshaw B2.
Henshaw Complex B2

3:30–5 p.m.

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

4 p.m.—A Reading of 18th Century American Poetry featuring a Historical Costume 

Professor Floyd Cheung performs classic American poetry in historically accurate attire. This event is the culmination of a special studies project by Jesse Azevedo ’18, who designed and constructed Cheung's suit in the manner of tailors of the time. The short reading will be followed by a Q&A.
Josten Library

4–5 p.m.

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

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

4:30 p.m.

Chamber Music Recital featuring members of the graduating class. 
Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall 

5:30 p.m.

Shabbat Service and Dinner for seniors and their families. Reservations required, ext. 2754.
Bodman Lounge, Helen Hills Hills Chapel
 

Evening

7–11 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  

7:30 p.m.—Commencement Theatre Performances: Two Studio Productions

Red Bike
By Caridad Svich, directed by Marty Bongfeldt AC, featuring Alana Young ’18
What kind of future will you have living in these here United States? Remember when you were 11 years old and you had a bike, one that made you dream about a world bigger than the one in which you live? This is that memory. Except it is now.
 
Mothering Her Memories
Written and directed by Zoe Rose Kriegler-Wenk ’18
Linnea and her daughter Heather must navigate a notable shift in their relationship when the progression of Linnea’s Alzheimer’s prompts Heather to take on a maternal role.

Free
Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall Center For Performing Arts

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

Performance by Celebrations, Smith’s student-run dance company, specializing in the contemporary choreography and performance of its members. Suggested donation: $5. 
Scott Dance Studio

8:30–10 p.m.

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

Saturday, May 19

Academic regalia for students is available for purchase at the Smith College Bookstore 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
 

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 

Admission Office parking spaces   

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 

Alumnae Association of Smith College President Susan Greene, ’68
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 2018 will conclude with the ceremonial planting of the class ivy.   
The Quadrangle    

11:15 a.m. (or immediately following the Ivy Day Awards Convocation)—Service of Remembrance

Helen Hills Hills Chapel

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.—Athletics and exercise and sport studies department reception 

Meet Kristin Hughes, director of athletics and recreation, ESS professors and our coaching staff. Seniors, graduate students, their families and alumnae welcome. 
Ainsworth Gymnasium, level 1, entrance hallway

11:30 a.m. (or immediately following the Ivy Day Awards Convocation)–1:30 p.m.

Computer science senior brunch reception for graduating computer science majors, their families and alumnae.
Ford Hall 340, Pearsall Seasons Room
 

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 honors graduating seniors of color and welcomes their families, Smith faculty, staff and alumnae to celebrate their achievements.  Hosted by the Unity Presidents’ Council, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity.
Davis Lawn and Mwangi Cultural Center (rain location: Davis Ballroom)

1:30–2:15 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, specializing in the contemporary choreography and performance of its members. Suggested donation: $5.
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 Public Professor: Writing for the Popular Press
Carrie N. Baker, associate professor and director, Study of Women and Gender
Seelye 106

Alive but not Kicking: The Neurobiology of Anesthesia
Adam Hall, professor of biological sciences 
Seelye 201

How Poems Mean 
Ellen Doré Watson, lecturer in English language and literature; director of the Poetry Center 
Poetry Center, Wright Hall

2:15–3:30 p.m.

Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American and Latino/a Studies reception for seniors, their friends and families, and alumnae.
Campus Center 102

2:30–3:30 p.m.

Conversation and Q&A with Honorary Degree Recipients—featuring Rita Dove, recipient of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in poetry and two-time U.S. poet laureate; Carol T. Christ, chancellor of the University of California Berkeley and president emerita of Smith College; Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Columbia Law School and a leading authority on civil rights, Black feminist theory, as well as race, racism and the law; Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy ’02, Academy and Emmy Award–winning filmmaker; and Robert L. Pura, who is retiring this year after nearly two decades as president of Greenfield Community College. Panel moderated by President Kathleen McCartney.
Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts   

2:30–3:30 p.m.

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

2:30–3:30 p.m.

The Narratives Project (formerly the Wurtele Center for Work and Life) open house for seniors, alumnae and their guests.
Clark Hall, third floor, 50 Elm Street

2:30–4 p.m.

Africana studies reception for seniors, their families and alumnae. 
Seelye 110

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 p.m.

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

2:30–4 p.m.—The Design Thinking Initiative open house 

All are welcome to come learn more about our program.
The Design Thinking Initiative office, Capen Annex 

2:30–4 p.m.

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

2:30–4 p.m.—Hillyer Art Library open house 

View a model of the new Neilson Library and an exhibition honoring seniors who have worked in the library.
Hillyer Art Library, Brown Fine Arts Center

2:30–4 p.m.

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

2:30–4 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

2:30–4 p.m.

Tennis reception open to all tennis alumnae and tennis friends. Join us on or off court. Rackets, balls and refreshments provided. Cancelled in case of rain.
Outdoor Tennis Courts

2:30–4:30 p.m.

American studies program and sociology department reception for seniors, their families and alumnae.
Mary Maples Dunn Conference Room, Pierce Hall

2:30–4:30 p.m.

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

2:30–4:30 p.m.—Library Special Collections open house 

Visit the new home of Smith’s Special Collections. Meet curators and archivists and learn about the Mortimer Rare Book Collection, the College Archives, and our internationally renowned Sophia Smith Collection of women’s history. 
Young 201 and 202 (enter via Bass Hall)

2:30–5 p.m.—Young Library open house 

Visit the interim central library and learn about innovative resources and projects. 
Young Library (enter via Bass Hall)

3–4 p.m.

Education and child study department reception for seniors, graduate students, alumnae and their guests.
Gill Gym, Smith College Campus School  

3–4:15 p.m.

History department reception for seniors, alumnae and their guests.
Upper Lobby, Wright Hall

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.—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 Conservatory

3–4:30 p.m.

Psychology department reception for psychology majors, their families and alumnae.
McConnell Hall foyer 

3–4:30 p.m.

Religion; Jewish studies; and Russian, East European and Eurasian studies reception for seniors, alumnae and their guests. 
Dewey Hall front porch (rain location: Dewey Common Room)

3–4:30 p.m.

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

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

3:30–4:30 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   

3:30–4:30 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  

3:30–5 p.m.

Mathematics department reception for seniors, alumnae and guests. 
Math Forum, Burton 3rd Floor

3:30–5 p.m.

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

4–4:30 p.m.—German studies department German Honor Society Delta Phi Alpha initiation ceremony

Families and alumnae welcome. 
Hatfield Hall 204 

4–5 p.m.

English department and poetry concentration joint reception for seniors, their families and alumnae. 
Poetry Center, Wright Hall

4–5 p.m.

Film and media studies reception for seniors, alumnae and their guests.
Kahn Institute colloquium room and classroom, 21 Henshaw Avenue

4–5 p.m.

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

4–5:30 p.m.

Economics department reception for seniors, their families and alumnae.
Boeckman Sculpture Court, Museum of Art

4:15–5:15 p.m.

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

4:30–5 p.m.

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

4:30–5:30 p.m.

Picker Engineering Program 10-year reunion for alumnae and their guests.
Engineering wing, Ford Hall

4:30–6 p.m.—Commencement Choral Concert

Smith College Choirs and the a cappella group Groove perform works chosen by the graduating class.
Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall   

6–8 p.m.

Mellon Mays Ivy Day Dinner for senior fellows and their families.
Campus Center 205
 

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 Conservatory) 

8:30 p.m.—Sophomore Push/Senior Step Sing

Seelye Hall 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. 

8:30–10:30 p.m.

Ada Comstock Illumination Night Celebration, open to all Ada Comstock Scholars, Ada Comstock alumnae and their guests. 
Poetry Center and upper lobby, Wright Hall

Sunday, May 20

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. The Campus Center Café is open for parents and families.  

8 a.m.—Meeting of Junior Ushers and Sophomore Push

Steps of Comstock/Wilder (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 at 8:15 and 8:30 a.m.

For indoor Commencement, the ITT doors will open at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are not required. 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 to Sweeney Concert Hall in Sage Hall for graduates' guests and family members in the event that ITT reaches maximum capacity and overflow seating is required.

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.  

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 John M. Greene Hall (open seating).

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 
 

Monday, May 21

Residence houses close for seniors at noon; seniors must return their keys to Clark Hall by noon.


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