Class Presidents at Stepping Up Day
- Class Presidents at Stepping Up Day
This photograph shows John J. Costello officiating a Stepping Up Day Ceremony at Springfield College. The exact date is unknown. On the left are four students who are being sworn in as class presidents. They are standing on MacLean Terrace behind Alumni Hall, the ceremony’s traditional site. A student is watching from a third floor window in the background.
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Stepping Up Day at Springfield College began in 1926 and replaced Decapitation Day, when freshman were finally allowed to remove their green beanies and pass over Senior Walk. Today, not only do freshman take a step up, but sophomores become upperclassmen, juniors become seniors, and seniors become alumni. Each class president turns over an object that acts as a symbol to the class president below him. The passage of the symbol from the sophomores to the freshmen has a long history. Traditionally, freshmen experienced a series of initiation challenges upon arrival to Springfield College. These activities, including Cage-Ball and Rope Pull, occurred between the freshman and sophomore classes, creating the traditional Springfield College freshman-sophomore rivalry. The passage of the Peace Pipe during Stepping up Day signifies the end of class rivalry and the pledge of future friendship. The junior class presents a Plaque to the sophomore class, which is indicative of junior class service projects such as Yearbook, Junior Prom, etc. The seniors present the juniors with the Mortar Board, representing the achieving status of the seniors and their eventual graduation. Finally, the Alumni Secretary welcomes the seniors into the Alumni Association and invites the Senior President to attach the senior class ribbon to the Alumni Key. The ceremonies end with the singing of the Alma Mater. The day typically comes towards the end of the spring semester.