May 16 to 19, 2019
Classes: 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999, 2009

Reunion Check-in & Registration Hours Alumnae House Building Hours
Alumnae House Tent
Thursday: 4–9 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–10 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m.–9 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–10 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m.–10 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m.–1 p.m.

 

Checking In
Stop by the Alumnae House registration tent to receive your welcome card with your housing assignment and meal reservations.

New since your last Reunion: You will also receive a key card to access class headquarters and your house for the weekend. Then head over to your class headquarters.

If you arrive after registration closes, call Campus Police at 413-585-2490; they will let you into your house. However, you must stop at the Alumnae House the next morning to check in and get your key card.

 

Your Class’s Reunion Program
Watch for news from your class Reunion team about the exciting programming they have planned. Check your class website and social media sites for updates.

Thursday, May 16

4:00 p.m. Reunion registration opens
5:30/6:30 p.m. Social Hours & Dinners for all classes
(Separate location for the 50th Reunion class)

Friday, May 17

7–9 a.m. Breakfast in college houses
For alumnae and guests who have purchased housing.
9–10 a.m. Lives of Distinction and Purpose: A Conversation with President Kathleen McCartney
10–11 a.m. Smith in the World: Student Panel
Current students will share how their studies at Smith have shaped their off-campus endeavors and how those experiences have enriched their liberal arts education at Smith.
11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. College Presentation: Renewing Neilson for the 21st Century
Susan Fliss, dean of the libraries and Dano Weisbord, director of CEEDS and campus planning.
Noon–1:30 p.m. Reunion Luncheon for all classes
(Separate location for the 50th Reunion class)
2-3 p.m. Faculty Presentations
Experience the rich intellectual life of Smith students today by attending brief lectures by Smith faculty. Free and open to all.

The N-word: History, Race, and the College Classroom
Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor, associate professor of history

Frankenstein: 200 Years of Mary Shelley’s Monster
Lily Gurton-Wachter, Assistant Professor of English

A Pivot Point – Preparing the Botanic Garden of Smith College for the Century Ahead
John Berryhill, Landscape Curator, Botanic Garden

Mapping Every Lilac Leaf: Poems that Respond to Visual Art
Matt Donovan, Director of the Poetry Center

Afternoon 3-4 p.m. International Alumnae and Students Reception
3:30-4:30 p.m. Reception for Smith Travel Program
4-5 p.m. Study Abroad Reception
3 – 5 p.m. Class Programming (Optional)
4 – 5 p.m. The Grécourt Society Reception
5:30/6:30 p.m. Class Social Hours & Dinners
50th Reunion class social hour hosted by President McCartney.
8-10 p.m. Reception for Alumnae of Color and their guests
Evening Class Programming (Optional)
8:30 p.m. Commencement Orchestra Concert

Saturday, May 18

7–9 a.m. Breakfast in college houses
For alumnae and guests who have purchased housing.
9:15 a.m.
(8:45 lineup)
Alumnae Parade and Ivy Day
Don’t forget your whites! Join this moving, time-honored Reunion tradition that reminds alumnae and graduating seniors of the continuing global, generational movement that is Smith College.Alumnae Parade Assembly (8:45 a.m. line up)
Chapin Drive, between the Campus Center and College Lane
Alumnae participating in Ivy Day activities are asked to wear white with white or light shoes. 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.Disability Accommodations: Anyone with physical disabilities who wishes to be dropped off near the entry to the Quadrangle for the awards convocation should speak to the police officer at the top of Paradise Road.
Noon–1:30 p.m. Picnic Lunch for all Reunion classes
Lunch will be distributed at Chapin Lawn. Check your class schedule for class programming.
Noon-3 p.m. Class Programming (Optional)
Noon-3 p.m. Family Activities
A bounce house, face painting, art activities, and green fun with the Botanic Garden.
2–3 p.m. Faculty Presentations
Experience the rich intellectual life of Smith students today by attending brief lectures by Smith faculty. Free and open to all.

Cursed No More? Women’s Increasing Role in the Workforce of the Persian Gulf
Bozena Welborne, Assistant Professor of Government

The Tower and the Bridge: The Art of Structural Design
Andrew Guswa, Professor of Engineering and Director of the Picker Engineering Program

The Geology of Smith as Revealed by Campus Excavations
John Brady, Professor of Geosciences

2:30–4:30 p.m. Discover Smith
Opens houses: Hillyer Art Library, The Design Thinking Initiative, Jill Ker Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center, Special Collections, the Botanic Garden, The Narratives Project, the Libraries, and the Museum of Art—all of these incredible resources make Smith unique.
2:30–4:30 p.m. Departmental Receptions
3–4 p.m. Conversation and Q&A with Honorary Degree Recipients —featuring Elizabeth Alexander, Drew Gilpin Faust, Niki Sauvage Tsongas and Ai-Jen Poo. Panel moderated by President Kathleen McCartney.
4–5 p.m. Service of Remembrance
5–6:30 p.m. Commencement Choral Concert
5:30/6:30 p.m. Class Social Hours & Dinners
8:30–10 p.m. Illumination
Stroll the campus as music fills the air and the grounds come alive with the glow of delicate Japanese paper lanterns.
9:30 p.m–midnight Dance Party
For all Reunion classes, featuring a DJ, cash bar, popcorn, photo booth, and glow sticks.

Sunday, May 19

7–9 a.m. Continental Breakfast in college houses
For alumnae and guests who have purchased housing.
10 a.m. Commencement Exercises
The outdoor Commencement Ceremony will live stream from Weinstein Auditorium (open seating).
The indoor Commencement Ceremony will be held in the ITT and simulcast live to Sweeney Concert Hall in Sage Hall.
10-11:30 a.m. Brunch
1 p.m. Residence houses close.