The festivities culminated on Saturday evening, November 8, 2008, with a gala celebration in the Bristol Field House. Arriving attendees were interviewed Hollywood-style by Jared Weedon '91 as they walked the green carpet. Footage of the pre-show was broadcast live in the Field House for those already inside.
Mara O'Laughlin '66 was the emcee for the evening. Christopher McDonald '77 was a surprise guest and co-emcee in honor of the coordinate system. He came out to thunderous applause while House of Pain's "Jump Around" played.
Speeches were given honoring past deans, prominent alums, and the members of the William Smith Centennial Committee.
Performances were given by the Hobartones, 3-miles Lost, and Hip~NotiQ Step and Dance Team. A highlight of the Gala was an acapella version of Salt 'N' Peppa's "Whatta Man" with the lyrics changed to honor William Smith. After dinner, attendees danced to President Gearan's Garage Band and "internationally-known cover band Atlas."
Reflecting on the evening's event, Director of Alumnae Relations Kathy Killius Regan '82 said, "Tonight's Gala allowed us to look back on our founding, acknowledge our many accomplishments and turn our attention toward a future for William Smith College that will, no doubt, be stronger than ever."