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For Graduating Students & Their Families

Photographer in the crowd at Commencement

On Sunday, May 30, 2021, Smith College honored the class of 2021 at Commencement. The video of the Commencement ceremony is available for download.

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 schedule for Senior Week 2021 has been sent to seniors directly via Smith College email. Please contact Tamra Bates, director of student engagement at if you have questions.


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

Academic Regalia

Following Smith College tradition, graduating students wear academic regalia for the first time at Rally Day, three months before Commencement. A cap, gown, hood and tassel can be purchased for $60 at the Smith College Bookstore, starting February 1, 2021; the full amount is due at the time of purchase.

Graduating students are encouraged to purchase regalia before Rally Day, held virtually this year on February 18, 2021. Please call the Smith College Bookstore at 413-585-4140 to order or visit the bookstore website. Students can purchase regalia in-store when it is open in accordance with Smith’s COVID plan. The store can ship regalia to students living off campus.

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 Loaned regalia must be returned to the SGA Office, Campus Center 106 on Sunday, May 30, between noon to 5 p.m. or Monday, May 31, between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regalia that was mailed is due back by July 1, 2021.


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.


  • 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
  • After the ceremony you may order online at or call 800-261-2576.
  • Prior to the ceremony: To pre-register your permanent email address, please visit 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.

Planning Ahead?

Smith’s next Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2022.