Introducing the graduates of 2017

The class of 2017 is ready to fly.

They’ve come to Mount Holyoke College from all over the world, bringing a variety of interests and backgrounds. They’re leaving with newfound passions and a deep array of skills and tools to accomplish their dreams and goals. As they prepare to fan out into the world, they will take their Mount Holyoke-ness with them.

The class of 2017 has taken advantage of everything the liberal arts have to offer. Members of the class have pursued special majors, explored internships, worked on independent research, studied abroad, founded organizations on campus and volunteered in the community.

Meet some of the graduating seniors who exemplify Mount Holyoke’s charge to face change — and lead it.

Nialena Ali ’17
“This year I have taken some actions to make Mount Holyoke a more inclusive and equitable campus and I am very proud of the work that I have accomplished.”
Aayushi Mishra ’17
“Within the first 30 minutes, my professors had convinced me to pursue environmental studies as a major, and as a career.”
Zandra Raven Davis ’17
“I am proud to have had the opportunity to find my voice and learn how to speak from a place of courage and confidence.”
Melissa Danz ’17
“There is a very satisfying feeling that comes with doing something you previously thought you couldn’t and proving yourself wrong.”
Eva Snyder ’17
“Mount Holyoke allowed me to team up with experienced professors who helped me build a brand for myself as a musician and writer.”
Arielle Seriah Derival ’17
“I am proud that we have changed the conversation around immigration and undocumented individuals into a positive and purposeful one.”
Lucinda Covington ’17
“Besides moving to a new country, I am proudest of the intellectual passion I discovered, developed and continue to nurture: film.”
Cheng-Yin Eng ’17
“Mount Holyoke translates the idea of diversity into real actions by supporting, encouraging and forging a safe space for students to contemplate and act.”
Parvathy Bhushan ’17
“Mount Holyoke helps you connect to people, be it through small class sizes, residential halls out of a fairytale or the diversity and humility we bring.”
Melanie Rojas Silva FP’17
“Today I embody ‘never fear change.’ I've received the love and support of my professors, advisors and the amazing community of Frances Perkins Scholars.”
Lydia Beller-McKenna ’17
“Mount Holyoke gave me the academic rigor and community structure that I was seeking and I’ll be forever grateful.”
Liz Huang ’17
“I’m proud to have learned to live fearlessly and I’m eternally grateful to Mount Holyoke for that. I’ve grown into the person I’ve always wanted to be.”