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Celebrate and learn about Rally Day!


Collage of Rally Day images from College Archives

Published February 15, 2024

Rally Day is a cherished Smith tradition that has taken several forms. First held in 1876, the festivities can be traced to celebrating George Washington’s birthday at Smith, with the name “Rally Day” first used in 1906. What started as annual dinners or receptions has grown into a daylong college event brimming with celebratory activities.

Over the years, Rally Day has included debates, basketball games, dramatic presentations, singing, and dancing. The College Archives in Smith College Special Collections have a wealth of photos documenting the many ways students and faculty have celebrated Rally Day — take a look at just a few below!

Want to see more?

Visit the Special Collections reading room and request Rally Day materials.

This year’s Rally Day takes place Thursday, February 22, 2024, in John M. Greene Hall from 1:30–3:30 p.m. While afternoon classes are canceled, Smith College Libraries remain open.

For more information about Rally Day, visit the Rally Day website.