Around Campus

This is a formal portrait of Jemelleh Coes. She is smiling, wearing a pearl necklace.

Training the teacher leaders

Jemelleh Coes is the new director of teacher leadership for Mount Holyoke’s Master of Arts in Teaching program.

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The evolutionary payout for prickly sex

Mount Holyoke expert Patricia Brennan explains that both males and females benefit from the thorny genital arms race in seed beetles.

Elena Frogameni ’22, from Northampton MA, looking into the camera

Scholarship supports senior from Western Mass

Mount Holyoke student Elena Frogameni ’22 has been named the recipient of the Western Massachusetts Scholarship Fund for this past academic year.

Nancy Welker smiling into the camera, wearing a blazer, a turtleneck and a large green necklace

Nancy Welker ’63 on her 55 years in physics

Nancy Welker ’63 credits her pioneering success in a male-dominated science field to her time studying at Mount Holyoke College.  

M. Darby Dyar looking into the camera and speaking with a VERITAS polo shirt on

NASA selects Venus mission

Mount Holyoke astronomer Darby Dyar is among the planetary scientists who will lead NASA’s new mission to explore the surface of Earth’s fiery twin.

Paul Staiti

Trump takes spot in National Portrait Gallery

The placement of Donald Trump’s presidential image invites “heated conversation,” says Mount Holyoke art professor Paul Staiti.

This is a portrait of Jesmyn Ward, editor of The Fire This Time.

Common Read announced: “The Fire This Time”

Mount Holyoke’s 2021 Common Read,  “The Fire This Time,” is a collection of “thoughtful, searing, and, at times, hopeful” essays and poems about race.

M. Darby Dyar looking into the camera and speaking with a VERITAS polo shirt on

In Venus, VERITAS

NASA has selected new missions to explore Venus, including one led by M. Darby Dyar, Mount Holyoke professor of astronomy. 

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Separating the baby from the backwater

Anuses segregate babies from back ends, says Patricia Brennan, Mount Holyoke College assistant professor of biology.

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Student leadership during a pandemic

In an academic year upended by COVID-19, Mount Holyoke College students still stepped forward to lead and serve their community.

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.

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