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Event Locations & Seating

Ivy Day and Commencement will be held outside on the Quadrangle except in the case of inclement weather. The signal that Ivy Day or Commencement will be held indoors at the Track and Tennis Facility will be the ringing of the college bells at 8 a.m.; the doors of the ITT will also open at that time. Ceremonies will be streamed live to Facebook. No account is required to watch. For further information, contact smithevents@smith.edu.

If Commencement is Held Outdoors on the Quad

  • Tickets are not required.
  • The Quad accommodates up to 7,200 guests.
  • Guests are welcome to arrive starting at 8 a.m. to secure seating.
  • Seats may not be saved; items left on chairs to reserve them will be removed.
  • If the Northampton Fire Department determines the Quad has reached its capacity, they have the obligation to close the space to ensure the safety of our guests.

If the Ceremony is Held Indoors in the ITT Due to Inclement Weather

  • Tickets are not required
  • Guests are welcome to arrive starting at 8 a.m. to secure seating.
  • Seats may not be saved; items left on chairs to reserve them will be removed.
  • If the Northampton Fire Department determines the Quad has reached its capacity, they have the obligation to close the space to ensure the safety of our guests.

During Commencement Weekend, please follow all campus health and safety protocols. Should Commencement be held indoors due to inclement weather, only fully vaccinated guests may attend the ceremony, and masks will be required for all guests. Please note that, while visitors are encouraged to keep proof of vaccination with them for travel purposes, we will not be checking vaccination status at the entrance to Commencement.


Senior To-Do List

Get your senior photo taken for the yearbook through the on-campus photographer. Last appointment reminders will be sent the first week of March to all seniors via email. Make sure you choose the photo you want printed in the yearbook.

Due March 20: Complete Workday application for graduation.

 Due April 8: Complete the Workday questionnaire, which only is available if you completed the graduation application. Students who don’t complete the questionnaire by April 8 will be listed in the Commencement program but cannot participate in any part of the Commencement activities. The questionnaire asks if you plan to attend Commencement and which house you want to march with. If you don’t select a house, you will march with your current (or most recent) house.

 Record name in Name Coach to be read at Commencement. Information will be sent after spring break.

 Purchase ALL regalia needed to march in Commencement from Smith Bookstore ($60 /set).

 Make sure your personal contact information and address after graduation are on file with the college should they need to reach you.

 Review house closing information for seniors from Residence Life. All houses close for seniors at noon on Monday, May 16.

 Fill out translation needs form if your family needs services at Commencement.

 Fill out special accommodation needs form for family members for Ivy Day and Commencement ceremonies.

 Purchase tickets for Senior Ball, taking place April 23, 2022 and Senior Week Activities, May 9-13, 2022.

 Read all email that has Commencement in the subject line and respond if needed.

 Attend Commencement Rehearsal (TBD).

 Attend Ivy Day Ceremony and wear white.

 Attend Commencement and wear full regalia.


Commencement Highlights

Saturday, May 14

Ivy Day Awards Convocation and the Planting of the Ivy
9 a.m.

Watch via Facebook or Webcast.
Smith College Quadrangle (Rain location: Indoor Track and Tennis Facility)
*Guests are welcome to arrive starting at 8 a.m.

 

Boxed Lunches for Seniors, Graduate Students and Families
Noon–1 p.m.
Scott Gymnasium
*Registration is required for this event and will be posted in the coming weeks. Please check back soon for pricing and registration details.

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

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

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

Illumination of Upper Campus
8:30–10 p.m.
Various locations on campus
Stroll through the campus paths lit with colored paper lanterns.

Sunday, May 15

Commencement
10 a.m.

Watch via Facebook (captioned) or Webcast.
Smith College Quadrangle (Rain location: Indoor Track and Tennis Facility)
*Guests are welcome to arrive starting at 8 a.m.

Commencement Brunch for Seniors, Graduate Students and Families
12:30–2 p.m.
Campus Dining Rooms
Seniors should dine at the recommended dining locations to ensure accommodations for all.
*Please refer to the Dining Services website for more information in the coming weeks.

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Senior Week

Senior Week gives graduating students an opportunity to participate in planned activities both virtually and in-person with limited capacities, or spend a quiet afternoon by the pond—the week is yours to design! The celebration begins on May 7 and continues until the big day. Seniors receive the schedule in email in addition to this posting. Don't miss a minute! All tickets can be purchased on University Tickets.

Note: Due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases on campus masking is now required for all indoor Senior Week events. The masking policy will remain in place until Commencement.

 

Saturday, May 7

10 a.m.–3 p.m. Cap Decorating, CC 102
The supplies are here, ready for use!

9 p.m.–1 a.m. MGM Trip
Get on the bus and go explore MGM - Springfield's newest casino. Bus leaves from JMG at 9 pm. Tickets are $10 each and students must be 21 years or older to participate, physical valid government issued ID or passport required. Space is Limited. Advance tickets are required .

Sunday, May 8

10 a.m.–3 p.m. Cap Decorating, CC 102
The supplies are here, ready for use!

1–4 p.m. Mineral Hills Winery
Join us for an afternoon wine tasting at mineral Hills Winery, just a short 15 minutes up Rt. 66 in the hills of Florence, MA. Tickets for the tasting are $10 each and students must be 21 years or older to participate, physical valid government issued ID or passport required. Space is Limited. Advance tickets are required .

Monday, May 9

1–3 p.m. Botanic Garden Event
Take a last deep breath of the beauty of the Lyman Plant House, and make yourself some botanically-scented body oil to take with you as a keepsake of your four years living in a Botanic Garden!

1–4 p.m. Boathouse Open!
The pond is high and the boats are out! Come on out and relax on the water.

8 p.m. Stargazing & S’mores, MacLeish Field Station
Join us for a night under the stars, roasting marshmallows and enjoying the quiet. Bus transportation provided. No alcohol is allowed at the Field Station. Space is Limited. Advance tickets are required .

Tuesday, May 10

10 a.m.–3 p.m. Cap Decorating, CC 102
The supplies are here, ready for use!

4:15-5:15 p.m. President’s Tea, President’s House
President McCartney Invites you to the President's House to celebrate a new beginning! RSVP by May 1st to the President's Office via email, presoffice@smith.edu

8 p.m.–midnight Packard’s Night
Come to Packard's to enjoy round two of Packard's Night Out! This time, the Senior Class Cabinet has reserved both upper levels of Packard's, where there is an abundance of pool tables, darts, ping pong, and more. There will be complimentary appetizers on a first- come, first-serve basis, and a special ‘Class of 2022’ drink will be available for purchase. Students must be 21 years or older to participate, Smith OneCard, and physical valid government issued ID or passport required.              

Wednesday, May 11

10 a.m.–3 p.m. Cap Decorating, CC 102
The supplies are here, ready for use!

1–1:45 p.m. What Happens To My Smith Account After Graduation?
Join ITS staff to learn what will happen to your account after you graduate and how you can prepare for when your access to Smith accounts and systems ends. We will cover your Google account including Gmail and Drive, Moodle and more. There will be time to ask questions. Connect with us on Zoom!

1–3 p.m. Explore Smith
There are plenty of things to do right here at Smith. Spend some time in the Botanic Garden, relax by the pond, or visit the Museum.

2–3 p.m. Big Trees Tour, Lyman
Join Smith Botanic Garden Landscape Curator John Berryhill for a tour of some of Smith’s exemplary trees. We will explore the hidden stories that both connect them to a long history of tree stewardship at the college and also a future when collections building is aimed at conservation and environmental justice.

8 p.m. Stargazing & S’mores, MacLeish Field Station RAIN DATE
Join us for a night under the stars, roasting marshmallows and enjoying the quiet. Bus transportation provided. No alcohol is allowed at the Field Station. Space is Limited. Advance tickets are required .

Thursday, May 12

10 a.m.–3 p.m. Cap Decorating, CC 102
The supplies are here, ready for use!

10–10:45 a.m. What Happens To My Smith Account After Graduation?
Join ITS staff to learn what will happen to your account after you graduate and how you can prepare for when your access to Smith accounts and systems ends. We will cover your Google account including Gmail and Drive, Moodle and more. There will be time to ask questions. Connect with us on Zoom!

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Special Lunch for Seniors Tyler, Chase and King

2–3 p.m. Big Trees Tour, Lyman RAIN DATE
Join Smith Botanic Garden Landscape Curator John Berryhill for a tour of some of Smith's exemplary trees. We will explore the hidden stories that both connect them to a long history of tree stewardship at the college and also a future when collections building is aimed at conservation and environmental justice.

3:30 p.m. Baccalaureate Helen Hills Hills Chapel
Baccalaureate is an opportunity for seniors to pause, reflect upon, and rejoice in their accomplishments, challenges, and friendships. Led by members of the senior class with Director of Religious and Spiritual Life Matilda Rose Cantwell. President Kathleen McCartney will deliver remarks.

5 p.m.–7 p.m., Senior Celebration/BBQ, Seeyle Lawn Rain or Shine
A special Tex Mex BBQ featuring beef barbacoa, chicken mole, grilled tofu, Mexican street corn salad, slow roasted zucchini, chipotle black beans and rice and all the fixings. Special “beer garden” for graduates- and students 21 years or older. Must have a valid license and Smith ID to enter. Featuring beer and hard seltzer. All remaining approved students on campus are invited to attend the bbq.

Friday, May 13

9–10:30 a.m. Commencement Rehearsal, ITT
Attendance Is mandatory for all seniors.

1–4 p.m. Boathouse Open!
The pond is high and the boats are out! Come on out and relax on the water.

1 p.m. Mill River Walk
Meet up with folks from the Mill River Greenway Initiative John Sinton and Reid Bertone-Johnson for an informative stroll alongside Paradise Pond and the Mill River. Discover what a deeply historic landscape you’ve lived in these past four years!

Saturday, May 14 

8:45 a.m. Ivy Day, Quad (ITT in the event of rain)
Ivy Day Parade attire
Seniors participating on campus for Ivy Day are asked to wear white with dark shoes. Roses will be distributed at the President's House upon arrival.

8 p.m. Senior Class Candle-Lighting Ceremony, Botanic Garden, College Lane

8 p.m. Illumination of Upper Campus

Sunday, May 15

9:15 a.m. Commencement, Quad (ITT in the event of rain)
Line-up begins at 9:15 a.m.—Don't be late! Please meet us at the Emerson Arch for your place In line!

12:30–2 p.m. After Commencement Brunch
Guests must register for brunch via the Commencement page. Brunch is complimentary.

Senior Cap and Gown Donation

After Commencement, don’t forget to donate your regalia in the boxes located in the SGA Office for future seniors. Those seniors who have borrowed their academic regalia from SGA should return it to the SGA Office in Campus Center 206 on Sunday, May 15 from noon to 5 p.m. or Monday, May 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Yearbook

The 2022 Madeleine is published in the fall and will be mailed to all seniors via their parent’s home address in mid October. Additional copies of the book or past books may be purchased through the Office of Student Engagement for $50 each cash or check only.

SmithCycle 2022

April 29–May 17

Got stuff? As this semester ends and you plan your move, SmithCycle is here for you! Between April 29 and May 17. Bring your gently used items to bins located in Morris, Chapin, Talbot, Cutter, Northrup, Albright, Scales, Gardiner, Cushing, Comstock and the Paradise Apartments. You will see signage in the house that will guide you to the designated area for items. Please bag everything; bags will be at all donation locations.

Boomerang Storage

Need help shipping things home? Contact Boomerang Storage 413-586-2666. They’ll pick up your boxes and ship them for you.

Private Party Reminder

Private parties cannot be accommodated during Commencement Weekend. Students who wish to celebrate their accomplishments with their families and friends are encouraged to make inquiries to both indoor and outdoor local venues.


NameCoach

In order for us to ensure that we pronounce your name correctly during Commencement activities, all graduating students will receive an email from NameCoach with a unique link that will allow you to log in and record your name. It is important that you do this in advance to assist us in reading names correctly during the ceremony. If you need technical assistance with NameCoach, please send an email to support@name-coach.com.


Academic Regalia

Following Smith College tradition, graduating students wear academic regalia for the first time at Rally Day, three months before Commencement. For Commencement, graduating seniors should come dressed in their full regalia.

Caps and gowns will be available for purchase at the Smith College Bookstore in the Campus Center on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The bookstore will also be open Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you have questions, please call 413-585-4140. Additional information regarding hours can be found at the bookstore's website.

Those receiving financial aid have the option of participating in the Regalia Loan Program lottery offered through the Student Government Association. All students will be invited to enter the lottery in January and will be notified in early February as to whether they can receive regalia through this program.

Only students who receive Smith aid and are verified through Student Financial Services are eligible to enter the lottery. Questions regarding this program should be directed to the SGA office at sga@smith.edu.

Following the Diploma Circle, seniors may donate their caps, hoods and gowns to future seniors by placing them in the boxes in the Student Government Association Office, room 206 on the upper level of the Campus Center. Those who have borrowed their academic regalia from SGA should return it to that office.

Ivy Day Parade

Seniors and alumnae participating in Ivy Day activities are asked to wear white; graduating seniors wear dark shoes and alumnae wear white or light shoes.


Meals

Smith seniors will have meals throughout the Commencement weekend. All information for student meals is listed on the Dining Services website.

Guests may purchase a tote lunch on Saturday, May 14th. Tote lunches will be served at Scott Gym. Registration is required for this event.

A special brunch will be offered after the Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 15th for seniors and their guests. It is suggested that seniors dine at the recommended dining locations to ensure accommodations for all. RSVP for the complimentary brunch on Sunday.


Performances

Dance

Celebrations, Smith’s oldest student-run dance company, showcases the choreography and performances of its members. Donations accepted. Performances are Thursday and Friday, 8 p.m., and Saturday, 2 p.m. in Scott Dance Studio.

Music

Musical performances are in Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall, and are free and open to the public.

Chamber Music Recital

Featuring soloists from the graduating class. Friday, 4:30 p.m.

Commencement Orchestra Concert

Featuring soloists from the graduating class; Jonathan Hirsh, conductor. Friday, 8:30–10:30 p.m.

Commencement Choral Concert

The Smith College Glee Club and the Chamber Singers Groove perform works chosen by the graduating class. Saturday, 5–6 p.m.


Yearbook

The Madeleine is published in the fall and a copy will be mailed to graduates at their parent’s home address in mid-October. Additional copies of the book or past books may be purchased through the Office of Student Engagement for $50 each.

Graduating students who wish to have their portrait included in the book must have their photo taken through Prestige Portraits, per the organization’s contract. Portrait sessions are scheduled in April and the beginning of May. Students will be contacted by email with dates to sign up and can contact Prestige directly at 800-426-9533, ext. 169, with questions.


Photography & News Media

Commencement Photography

  • A photographer from GradImages will be at the Commencement ceremony to take photographs of each graduate. Graduates will receive a free passport-sized digital proof of this photo on an order card within 5-7 days following the ceremony.
  • Questions may be emailed to service@gradimages.com.
  • After the ceremony you may order online at www.gradimages.com or call 800-261-2576.
  • Prior to the ceremony: To pre-register your permanent email address, please visit www.gradimages.com and click on Pre-Event Registration. You may add contact information for up to six additional relatives and/or friends.
  • GradImages never has and never will sell or share the address/email information provided to us.

News Reporters & Photographers

Media representatives must have Smith-issued credentials, worn in full view, to enter the roped-off areas of the campus on Saturday and Sunday.


General Information & Guidelines

Lost & Found

Inquiries about articles lost on campus may be made Thursday through Sunday at the Campus Center information desk, 413-585-4801.

Men’s Restrooms

Men’s restrooms can be found in the Ainsworth/Scott Gymnasium complex, Alumnae House, the Campus Center, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, the Museum of Art, Neilson Library, Seelye Hall and Wright Hall. Portable restrooms will be available at the Commencement ceremony.

No Pets

Please leave all pets at home. Animals and pets, with the exception of trained service animals assisting individuals with disabilities, are not allowed on campus.

Emergencies

Any emergency, including one that may require an ambulance or the Northampton Fire Department, should be reported to the campus safety, extension 5555 (for emergencies) or 413-585-5555 from a cell phone.

Anyone who is injured or becomes ill while on campus should seek medical attention at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust Street, at 413-582-2000. If the illness or injury appears life threatening, call Smith extension 5555 (or 413-585-5555 from a cell phone) for ambulance service.

During Commencement, emergency medical personnel will be on site.

Smoking

Smoking is prohibited in all campus buildings, including campus houses, meeting rooms, auditoriums and students’ private rooms.

Parties

No private parties may be held in any of the common areas on campus.

Clothing

New England weather can be volatile and evenings may be quite cool; you may want to dress in layers and be prepared for rain.

WiFi

Wireless internet access is available in all academic buildings. Visit the ITS website for instructions.

Weather

The Senior Candle-Lighting Ceremony, Sophomore Push/Senior Step Sing and Illumination could be canceled in extreme weather conditions, such as lightning, hail or severe winds. For further information about rain on Commencement Day, call 413-585-4636 (the college information line) after 7:30 a.m. that day. The signal that Commencement or Ivy Day will be held indoors at the Track and Tennis Facility, will be the ringing of the college bells at 8 a.m.; the doors of the ITT will also open at that time. Ivy Day and the Commencement ceremonies will be streamed live to Facebook. No account is required to watch.


Accessibility Accommodations

Smith College is committed to providing an inclusive and accessible experience for all graduates and their guests during Commencement weekend. Should guests have any accommodation requests such as accessible seating, assistive listening devices, sign language interpreters, etc., Please have your graduate complete the Disability Accommodations Request Form for each guest requesting accommodations.

Parking

Information on parking for those with physical disabilities can be found under Commencement Parking.

Transportation

On-campus shuttle service is wheelchair accessible and available by calling 413-585-2400. No Shuttles will be available to the Quad area after 9:30am on Sunday.

Building Accessibility

Please use the Interactive Campus Map for more information regarding building accessibility.

Dining Services

Dietary accommodations for the Saturday tote lunch and the Sunday Brunch can be requested in the Registration Form for Commencement Dining.

Service Animals

Trained Service dogs, who are tethered and under the control of their handler are welcome at all commencement events.