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View photos from the 100th Annual May Day Celebration.

300 The Fenway welcomes guest blogger Deana LaFauci '12!

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Simmons College's oldest tradition, May Day. To celebrate the historical milestone, students, faculty, and staff have joined together to update the tradition to include the entire Simmons community.

The May 1, 2012 centennial event, "May Day at 100: Envision the Past, Imagine the Future," is anything but traditional. For the first time in its 100-year history, May Day will be celebrated on both the residence and academic campuses, with an extension of the tree planting tradition to the academic campus. It was designed to incorporate populations of the Simmons community who may not otherwise have the opportunity to be part of the early-morning event on the residence campus.

"When we heard that this year was the 100th anniversary of May Day, we all were excited about the possibility of working with the sophomore class council and its president Tania Bajwa '14," says Associate Dean of the Simmons School of Management Mary Dutkiewicz. "And to see if together, we could celebrate it in grand style."

Continue reading May Day at 100: Simmons College revitalizes its oldest tradition.

May Day

May is finally here and on Sunday, May 1, Simmons held its 99th annual May Day celebration. May Day is Simmons's oldest student tradition when sophomores wake the graduating senior class at the break of dawn and perform a maypole dance. Other festivities include a tree planting in honor of the graduating class to signify their lasting impact on the College followed by a strawberry shortcake breakfast.

Keeping up with traditions is a way to remember the significant history of the College. May Day especially serves as a reminder of how drastically times have changed for women since the tradition began in 1912.

Jeanie Goddard '69 gave an inspiring speech to undergraduates, offering her words of wisdom and insight for their future:

Wisdom needs to be prodded by the urgency and single-mindedness of youth. So, I urge you as you go out into the larger world beyond Simmons to seize that role of risking all for principle, for justice, for truth. Help those of us who might be mired in the limits of the present world by dreaming the dreams of what does not yet exist.

Watch a full video of her speech here.

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