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Peer Mentor Program

The Peer Mentor Program provides an opportunity for upper class students to welcome and meet first-year women. Through the program, upper class students can be a mentor and friend, and first-year students re-energize upper class students with their enthusiasm and excitement.

Deans’ Dinner

The William Smith Deans’ Dinner is a semi-formal dinner dedicated to welcoming the first-year class. This event allows first-years to sit and converse with a faculty member or one upper-class woman leader to answer questions and hear about their experience at William Smith over orientation weekend. This event welcomes and unites the William Smith first-years to the Colleges, deans, faculty, and fellow classmates, before classes begin on Monday morning.

Founder’s Day

Each year, William Smith students come together to pay tribute to William Smith, founder of the College. After dinner, distinguished alumnae speakers share their experiences both while at William Smith and after graduation.

Celebrating Excellence Dinner

At the beginning of the spring semester, William Smith College celebrates the establishment of the college, which first opened its doors in September of 1908. The Celebrating Excellence Dinner is also dedicated to recognizing the achievements of remarkable William Smith women and to inducting the new members of the Laurel Honor Society, the sophomore/junior honor society.

Moving Up Day

Moving Up Day is a ceremony that acknowledged academic awards given to students of William Smith, inducts the new members of the Hai Timiai Honor Society, and recognizes each class as they move up to the next. Students gather at the top of the William Smith Hill and proceed to the event as part of this annual tradition. Students are encouraged to wear their class colors to this event to display their class membership. This traditional event allows students to celebrate one another’s achievements over the past year.


2016 – yellow – loyalty and joy

2017 – red – respect and passion

2018 – green – fidelity and friendship

2019 – blue – faith and hope