Moving Up Day, one of the oldest and fondest William Smith College traditions, will be held on Friday, April 26, beginning at 3:45 p.m. with the annual gathering at the top of William Smith Hill.
Following arrival, the procession begins at 4:10 p.m. with the ceremony commencing at 4:30 p.m. under the tent on Stern Lawn and a reception to follow in the L. Thomas Melly Academic Center of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.
Students, their families, alumnae, faculty and administrators are invited to take part in this year's annual celebration, which acknowledges William Smith students for their achievements, inducts new members of the Hai Timiai Honor Society and the Laurel Honor Society, and recognizes each class as they move up to the next.
Moving Up Day prepares each class to "move up" to the vacancy left by the class that's ahead of them, starting with William Smith seniors ceding their place to the juniors upon graduation.
Each year, students gather at the top of the Hill and proceed to the event carrying their class banners as part of the annual custom. Students are encouraged to wear their class colors to the event in order to display, support and honor their class membership. The event allows students to celebrate and share in one another's achievements over the past year.
Moving Up Day will follow last year's theme, "Women Moving Women Up." This theme focuses on celebrating the empowerment of women, through women, by women.
With Moving Up Day fast approaching this spring, members are eager to carry on the legacy April 26 and enjoy the day's celebration.