Stepsinging evolved from informal social gatherings at the college center.
With the dedication of Houghton Memorial Chapel in 1899, students began to assemble on the chapel steps, and a new tradition was born.
Today, there are four Stepsinging events each academic year. Some take place at Houghton Chapel & Multifaith Center, some in other locations.
Students are given songbooks and assemble by classes to try to out-sing and out-cheer the other classes.
Dressed in their respective class colors—red, yellow, purple, and green—students rally behind the elected songmistresses for each class. The rainbow of colors serves as a reminder that despite differences, Wellesley students form a cohesive and dynamic community of scholars (and, in this case, singers).