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Simmons Traditions

Simmons Traditions

Life at Simmons in the 1930s meant being part of a close-knit, tradition-rich community. Class unity was fostered through parties, competitions, and rituals. Every class chose colors and a mascot, to represent them during their time at Simmons and as alumnae. The class of 1940 chose blue and silver as its colors, and Winnie-the-Pooh as its mascot.

President Beatley plays in the annual Student/Faculty baseball game

Dinners and costume parties were milestone events for any Simmons undergraduate. One of the first events was the Freshman Bib Party, where first-year students raced to gain as many of their classmates’ autographs as possible. Sophomore year there was the Sophomore Luncheon, a formal event where students received their class rings. As upperclassmen, the junior class pledged loyalty to the incoming freshmen, promising to act as mentors and to guide them through college life. The freshman-junior wedding was always a highly-anticipated part of the school year.

Louise’s Bib Party name tag.

Seniors left their legacy by planting ivy and singing class songs on the residence campus during Commencement Week. These traditions, along with the many dances, parties, and competitions throughout the academic year, made Simmons College a unique place to come into adulthood.

Daisy Chain, made by the junior class for Commencement Week.


Simmons College (1940). Microcosm. Boston: Simmons College.

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