The origins of Rally Day can be traced to a series of annual celebrations of George Washington's birthday, the first of which was held at Smith College in February 1876. Over time, these celebrations evolved from essentially social dinners or receptions into daylong college events. The addition of a "rally" to the day in 1894 was eventually reflected in the name Rally Day, first used in 1906. The celebration is now held annually on the third Wednesday in February.
"Smith College has traditionally emphasized the importance of dynamic, diverse and interactive teaching in imparting the principles of the sciences and liberal arts to its high-achieving students," says President Carol T. Christ. "The college considers the teaching of its students to be among its most essential objectives as a leading institution of women's education." The Kathleen Compton Sherrerd '54 and John J. F. Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching is a visible symbol of Smith's commitment and dedication to superior pedagogy.
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