Around Campus

This is a photograph of Mahua Moitra speaking impassionedly before Parliament.

Turning back the tide

Mount Holyoke College alum Mahua Moitra ’98 offers advice on defeating the regressive Bharatiya Janata Party and its ruler, Narendra Modi.

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Honoring students of color and their mentors

Mount Holyoke’s Stoling Ceremony this year was both virtual and in person, the better to honor faculty and staff who support students of color.

President Sonya Stephens onstage, address class of 2021 graduates in her royal blue academic regalia.

Congratulations, Class of 2021!

Mount Holyoke hosted its first-ever virtual Commencement for its 184th ceremony to honor graduating seniors and send them on to do great things.

Students in masks and regalia sitting 6 feet apart in Abbey Chapel.

A Baccalaureate event unlike any other

This year’s Baccalaureate at Mount Holyoke College was livestreamed for the first time in its history, due to COVID-19. 

This is an image of a digital slide from the cording ceremony that reads, "To our bold, brilliant, and beloved seniors- congratulations! We are so proud of you! #FearlessFirst."

Cording Ceremony 2021

The Cording Ceremony is a moment to honor the unique challenges that first-generation and low-income students overcome to graduate.

This is a side-by-side image. On the left, rainbow-colored block letters read, "Diverse, Inclusive, Accepting, Welcoming Safe Space For Everyone. We stand together." On the right, a hand holds a lavender tassel, lavender sprig and a rainbow flag.

Lavender Ceremony 2021

Now in its fifth year at Mount Holyoke College, the Lavender Ceremony is a celebratory rite of passage for the LGBTQ community.

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Sisterhood is a verb

Mount Holyoke College’s 2021 Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference focuses on entrepreneurs of color in a virtual business expo.

Carmen Yulín Cruz, Mount Holyoke’s Harriet L. Weissman and Paul M. Weissman Distinguished Fellow in Leadership, spoke to USA Today about the tragic history and wave of violence facing society’s most vulnerable.

The deadliest year

Mount Holyoke Fellow Carmen Yulín Cruz, former San Juan mayor, spoke with  USA Today about the violence against the transgender community in Puerto Rico.

Two students in masks outside making giant soap bubbles.

Earth Week can be every week

To celebrate Earth Week 2021, the Miller Worley Center for the Environment at Mount Holyoke held events to remind people that every day can be Earth Day. 

Alan Werner and Steven R. Dunn, professors of geology

Deciphering the planet’s secrets

Mount Holyoke geology professors tell US News & World Report that understanding the earth requires a firm grounding in liberal arts.

Yo-Yo Ma, Chloé Zhao ’05 and Rabiya Javeri-Agha ’83 are reshaping the world and are exemplars of founder Mary Lyon’s dictum to “go forward, attempt great things, accomplish great things.”

Class of 2021 honorary degree recipients

Mount Holyoke College has announced the three trailblazing honorary degree recipients who will join its 2021 Commencement.  

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Senior Symposium 2021

The culmination of Mount Holyoke students’ academic careers, Senior Symposium marks the metamorphosis from student to expert.

Dolores Huerta and Carmen Yulín Cruz smiling into the camera

Dolores Huerta to speak at Mount Holyoke

Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America, will be in conversation with Carmen Yulín Cruz at Mount Holyoke College. 

Michael Ofori

A moment with: Michael Ofori

Mount Holyoke College’s Michael Ofori, visiting lecturer in the film music theater department, recently directed “Language of Angels” at the College. 

Elizabeth Smart

Elizabeth Smart to speak

Mount Holyoke’s Kijua Sanders-McMurtry will be joining child-safety activist Elizabeth Smart in a special dialogue for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

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