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Commencement

Congratulations are in order! Commencement Weekend is our chance to honor your accomplishments and celebrate you. We look forward to 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.

Mark your calendars! Commencement will take place Sunday, May 19, 2024. Several other local colleges are holding their commencement ceremonies the same weekend this year—we strongly encourage booking lodging as soon as possible.

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Seniors: Order Your 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.

Seniors may now begin ordering their academic regalia for Commencement.

The regalia ordering page will be live until April 2, 2024, and orders placed by the deadline will be available for pickup at the Smith College Bookstore beginning May 6, 2024. 

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.

Thursday, May 16

Smith College Bookstore open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, May 17

Smith College Bookstore open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, May 18

Smith College Bookstore open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, May 19

Smith College Bookstore open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 

Photo from Commencement 2014 by Jim Gipe/Pivot Media

Schedule

Thursday, May 16

5–7 p.m. | Senior Celebration Barbecue

Seelye Lawn (rain location: open houses)
For seniors, graduate students and approved students remaining on campus. Complimentary wine and beer for seniors 21 and over with valid I.D.

Friday, May 17

7–9 a.m. | Breakfast for students

Served in Cutter, Chase King and Tyler houses

9–10:30 a.m. | Commencement Rehearsal

Indoor Track and Tennis Facility

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

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. | Senior Luncheon

Chase, King and Tyler houses
For seniors and all students remaining on campus

Saturday, May 18

7–9 a.m. | Breakfast for students

Served in Cutter/Ziskind, King/Scales, Chase and Tyler houses

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.

8:45 a.m. | Seniors Assemble

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.

11:30 a.m.1 p.m. | Tote lunch for Seniors and remaining students on campus

Chapin Lawn
Parents and guests may purchase a lunch online. Check back soon for more details.

1:30–2:15 p.m. | President’s Reception 

Seelye lawn (rain location: Campus Center) 
For seniors and graduate students, their families, guests, faculty, alumnae and staff.

8 p.m. | Senior Class Candle-Lighting Ceremony

Paradise Pond lawn, between the President’s House and Office of Admission

8:15 p.m. | Meeting of Sophomore Push

In front of Seelye Hall

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

Seelye Hall steps

8:30–10 p.m. | Ada Comstock Illumination Night Celebration

Boutelle-Day Poetry Center, Wright Hall 102, and Wright Hall upper lobby

8:30–10 p.m. | Illumination of Upper Campus

Rain location: Campus Center
Live Music by the Jay Messer Quintet

Sunday, May 19

7–9 a.m. | Breakfast for Students

Served in Cutter/Ziskind, King/Scales, Cushing/Emerson, Chase and Tyler houses
The Campus Center Café is open for students, staff, families and faculty. Orders may be placed through the GrubHub app.

Commencement Activities

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).

9:15 a.m. | Assembling for Commencement

All graduates must line up on Mandelle Road in front of Comstock and Wilder houses. Seniors should arrive wearing full regalia.

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.

10 a.m. | Commencement Exercises

The Quadrangle

Immediately Following Commencement | Diploma Circle

Graduating seniors only.

12:30–2 p.m. | Commencement Brunch honoring seniors and graduate students

 (Immediately following Commencement Exercises) 
Served in the following Dining locations- Chapin,Chase/Duckett,Comstock/Wilder, Cutter/Ziskind(includes Kosher) Cushing/Emerson,CC Carroll Room 208, Dawes, Gillett/Northrop, King/Scales, Lamont, and Tyler houses. 
Families and friends are invited to this special celebratory meal honoring seniors and graduate students.