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• Mountain Day is the College’s oldest tradition, dating back to 1838, one year after the College's founding. It was most likely the creation of founder Mary Lyon, an ardent advocate of physical exercise who required students to walk a vigorous mile each day.

• For the first 55 years, Mountain Day took place in June. That was back in the days when the school year ran from November through July.

• Mountain Day has been held every year but two—one during the Civil War and one the year of the great campus fire in 1896.

• When the bells peal for five minutes at 7 am to signal Mountain Day, emails go out to the College's 32,000 alumnae notifying them of the event.

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