Around Campus

Rachel Alldis presents Francesca Petruzzelli '22 with the Outstanding Service Award

Leadership and service awards are back in person

After two years of virtual celebrations, Mount Holyoke’s awards ceremony celebrating the accomplishments of its students is back in person.

Helen Drinan ’69, Anita F. Hill and Lynn Pasquerella ’80 are three vanguards who challenge restrictive social norms around gender.

Mount Holyoke to hold 2020 Commencement

Mount Holyoke College will hold its 2020 Commencement on May 29, 2022 and has announced the speakers for the celebration. 

A map of Springfield, Mass. homes in receivership, as plotted by Mount Holyoke College students and staff.

Deconstructing a problematic housing program

Data collected by Mount Holyoke students has shown a major policy flaw in a program originally meant to fight housing blight.

Photo of the field gate

Second year in a row of record applications

Mount Holyoke College received nearly 5,000 applications for admission this year — an all-time record number.  

Carmen Yulin Cruz stands in front of a screen that says "Weissman Center for Leadership"

Weissman Center explores public careers

Mount Holyoke students interested in careers in public service got pointers from alums and San Juan’s former mayor.

At left, Ocean Vuong; then, clockwise: Susannah Sirkin ’76, Katherine Butler Jones ’57, and Natalie Diaz

2022 Commencement speakers announced

Poet Natalie Diaz, Katherine Butler Jones ’57, Susannah Sirkin ’76 and author Ocean Vuong will speak to Mount Holyoke’s class of 2022 at its Commencement. 

Mark McMenamin

When is a dinosaur bone not a dinosaur bone?

Mount Holyoke professor Mark McMenamin seeks clues to the valley’s Jurassic past hidden away in fossilized bones.

Melina Laboucan-Massimo stands in front of a bank of solar panels.

Earth Week speaker urges solutions

Mount Holyoke’s Earth Week observation included a keynote speech by Melina Laboucan-Massimo, who called out environmental racism in the U.S.

Charu Sharma in a field, on a sunny day, with long hair and smiling into the camera

Beyond her bubble

Charu Sharma ’14 credits her education at Mount Holyoke for lifting her to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list for 2022. 

Yavilah McCoy, a Jew of color, smiles into the camera

More than sound and fury

Yavilah McCoy, speaker at Mount Holyoke's BOOM! 2022, talks about going beyond virtue signaling and finding allies and accomplices.

Two students and one faculty member looking at a tablet in a classroom setting.

Neal funding to help local schools post-COVID

Mount Holyoke’s Professional and Graduate Education division awarded $250,000 to help local teachers and students with post-pandemic transitions.

This is a photograph students, faculty and staff gathered in a large lecture room, debating the relative merits of latkes versus hamentaschen.

In the nosh pit

The annual Latke-Hamantaschen Debate is Mount Holyoke College’s most cerebral food fight.

Andrew G. Reiter, associate professor of politics and international relations, talks to NOVA.

Putin will not be held accountable

Andrew Reiter, associate professor at Mount Holyoke College, writes for Newsweek that Putin will not be tried for his war crimes in Ukraine. 

President Sonya Stephens

Stephens opposes “Don’t Say Gay” bill

Mount Holyoke’s President Sonya Stephens wrote an editorial condemning Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill and warns of similar bills. 

This is photo of David Hernandez

Immigration inequality in the U.S.

David Hernández, associate professor of Latina/o studies at Mount Holyoke, discusses the biases against Black and Muslim applicants for U.S. citizenship. 

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