Commencement Weekend Schedule - May 2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014

9:00–12:00 pm
Commencement Ticket Pickup
Seniors and graduate students only may pick up tickets. You must bring your OneCard.
Blanchard Campus Center

10:00-12:00 pm
Meal Ticket Pickup
For pre-purchased Saturday meal tickets. Seniors and graduate students only may pick up tickets.  You must bring your OneCard
Blanchard Campus Center

1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Canoe Sing Rehearsal
Prospect Hall patio, Lower Lake

3:30 pm
Welcome Ceremony for New Alumnae
The Alumnae Association and the Class of 1964 welcome graduating seniors into the worldwide alumnae community. 1964 classmates present 2014 graduates with scarves in their class color. Open to all. Note: Class of 1964 should arrive to the venue no later than 3 p.m.
Richard Gettell Amphitheater (Rain location: Mary E. Woolley Hall, Chapin Auditorium) 

4:15 pm-5:00 pm
Class of 1964 Reception Honoring Class of 2014
Pageant Green (Rain location:  Mary Woolley Hall, Chapin Auditorium)

5:00–7:00 pm
Senior Barbecue
President’s House Backyard (Rain location: Skinner Green tent)

7:30 pm  Seniors Only
Final Lecture Info: Favorite staff and faculty deliver parting words to the class of 2014 in their final lecture as undergraduates. Expect humorous and sentimental presentations from a variety of disciplines.
Lecturers to be announced.

10:30 pm-1:30 am  Seniors Only
Senior Party
The class of 2014 will kick off their Commencement Weekend with a night of classic favorites from their time here and before. This party is seniors only until 11pm. Blanchard Great Room.

Friday, May 16, 2014

7:30 am
Senior Breakfast
Morrison Room, Willits-Hallowell Center

8:15 am
Commencement and Laurel Chain Rehearsal   MANDATORY FOR SENIORS
Meet in the gymnasium, Kendall Sports and Dance Complex

10:30 am–5:00 pm
Back-to-Class Program
A stimulating series of lectures and discussions, this year’s program will be centered around the theme of "Transformation." Classes are led by MHC faculty and alumnae and are open to alumnae, students, and guests. Sign up for classes at Reunion registration in Mary E. Woolley Hall; there is no advance registration. Please visit MHC Alumnae Association Reunion 2014 online for a full description of classes and program updates.
New York Room, Mary E. Woolley Hall

11:30–12:30 am
State-of-the-College Address by President Lynn Pasquerella ’80
Art Building, Gamble Auditorium

Noon–1:00 pm
Zuhr Prayers and Halal Lunch
Muslim Prayer Room, Eliot House

1:00–2:00 p.m.
Japanese Tea Ceremony
Demonstration with Cone Conant. Due to limited space, participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up at registration, Mary E. Woolley Hall, New York Room, second floor.
Eliot House, Wa-shin-an

1:00-3:00pm
Canoeists for the Canoe Sing Rehearse

1:30-3:30pm 
Singers Rehearse
Prospect Hall patio, Lower Lake

3:00–4:00 p.m.
Japanese Tea Ceremony
Demonstration with Cone Conant. Due to limited space, participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up at registration, Mary E. Woolley Hall, New York Room, second floor.
Eliot House, Wa-shin-an

3:00-5:00 pm
Meal Ticket Pickup
For pre-purchased Saturday meal tickets. Seniors and graduate students only may pick up tickets.  You must bring your OneCard
Blanchard Campus Center

4:00–5:00 pm
Commencement Ticket Pickup
Seniors and graduate students only may pick up tickets. You must bring your One Card.
Blanchard Campus Center

6:00–7:00 pm
Shabbat Evening Service and Oneg Shabbat
For alumnae, seniors, and guests
Eliot House

6:00–7:00 pm
Stoling Ceremony
The Graduating Students of Color Ceremony, or Stoling Ceremony, is an opportunity for students, parents, faculty, staff, and friends to gather and celebrate the achievements of this year’s graduates. By selecting a faculty or staff member who will bestow them with a kente stole, graduates also have the opportunity to acknowledge the mentorship and inspiration they have received from members of the MHC community. All are invited!
Chapin Auditorium, Mary E. Woolley Hall

7:30–8:30 pm
International Reception
For international alumnae returning for Reunion and international graduating seniors and families.
Outdoor patio, Blanchard Campus Center (Rain location: Rotunda Room 226)

8:00 pm
Commencement Concert
Come celebrate the musical accomplishments of the Class of 2014. This concert features seniors on solo repertoire as well as the Commencement Choir and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble sending off their seniors in style. This concert is free and open to the public. All are welcome!
Abbey Chapel

9:30 pm  Seniors Only
Senior Slideshow and Final M&Cs
An opportunity for seniors to mingle and enjoy their final milk and cookies at Mount Holyoke accompanied by a slideshow of photos taken during their time here. This event is seniors only. 
Kendade Atrium

Saturday, May 17, 2014

9:00 am
Alumnae Parade
While the band plays, Loyalty Classes lead the parade, followed by alumnae classes, alumnae relatives, certificate and graduate students, and seniors carrying the Laurel Chain. Please begin lining up no later than 8:15 am and don’t forget your white clothes! Rain or shine.
Abbey/Buckland Circle (Seniors, front of Mary E. Woolley Hall)

9:45 am
Laurel Chain Ceremony
With senior class, President Lynn Pasquerella ’80 and Alumnae Association President Cynthia L. Reed ’80
Mary Lyon’s Grave

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Meal Ticket Pickup
For pre-purchased Saturday meal tickets. Seniors and graduate students only may pick up tickets.  You must bring your OneCard
Blanchard Campus Center

10:15–11:30 am
142nd Alumnae Association Annual Meeting
In celebration of 142 years of legacy, tradition, and success, Mount Holyoke College alumnae, graduating seniors, and guests gather to honor the past and welcome the future.
Richard Glenn Gettell Amphitheater (Rain location: Chapin Auditorium)

11:30 am-1:00 pm
Old-fashioned Community Picnic
For alumnae, seniors, graduate students, families, and guests (prepaid reservations required for non-seniors)
Skinner Green Tent

Noon–3:00 pm
Athletics Tag Sale
Streeter Lounge, Gymnasium, Kendall Sports and Dance Complex

1:00 pm
Phi Beta Kappa Initiation and Reception
For Phi Beta Kappa seniors, alumnae, and guests
Read more about Why Phi Beta Kappa Matters...
Chapin Auditorium, Mary E. Woolley Hall

1:00–2:00 p.m.
Japanese Tea Ceremony
Demonstration with Cone Conant. Due to limited space, participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up at registration, Mary E. Woolley Hall, New York Room, second floor.
Eliot House, Wa-shin-an

1:00–3:00 pm
Commencement Ticket Pickup (final time)
Seniors and graduate students only may pick up tickets. You must bring your One Card.
Blanchard Campus Center

1:00–4:00 pm
Sycamores Open House
See Friday, May 16.

2:00–3:00 pm
Dance Department Commencement Concert
Concert in the Studio Theatre; reception to follow in Streeter Lounge
Kendall Sports and Dance Complex

2:00–3:00 pm
Crew Gathering
Members of past and present crew teams are invited to gather in the field house lounge.
Kendall Sports and Dance Complex

2:00–4:30 pm
Department At-Homes
See page the Department At-Homes page for times and locations.

2:30–4:00 pm
Art Museum Open House
See current faculty exhibition and the diverse permanent collection. Enjoy refreshments and conversation with museum staff. Cohosted with the departments of architectural studies, art, art history, and film studies.
Hinchcliff Reception Hall, first floor, Art Museum

3:00–4:00 p.m.
Japanese Tea Ceremony
Demonstration with Cone Conant. Due to limited space, participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up at registration, Mary E. Woolley Hall, New York Room, second floor.
Eliot House, Wa-shin-an

3:00–4:00 pm
Lyon’s Pride Reception

  • For LBTIQ alumnae, seniors, and guests

Jeannette Marks House, 5 Faculty Lane

3:00–4:30 pm
Talcott Greenhouse Tour and Reception
Take a tour with Talcott Greenhouse staff from 3 - 3:30 pm and stay for an informal reception with light refreshments.
Botanic Garden/Talcott Greenhouse

3:30–4:30 pm
Reception for Seniors and Their Guests
A great opportunity to introduce your family to your favorite faculty member!
Pageant Green, behind the Amphitheater (In the event of rain this event will be cancelled.)

4:00 pm
Catholic Baccalaureate Mass
Join Father Richard Bondi from the local St. Theresa's Parish, and Sr. Annette McDermott, Catholic chaplain to the College, for this afternoon's Mass.
Abbey Memorial Chapel

4:00–5:00 pm
Alumnae Women of Color Reception
For alumnae, seniors, families, and guests
Betty Shabazz Cultural Center

5:30–7:00 pm
Dinner with the Stars
Baccalaureate buffet dinner for seniors and guests (prepaid reservations required for non-seniors)
Skinner Green Tent

8:30 pm
Baccalaureate Seating
Seating begins for ticket holders.
Abbey Memorial Chapel

8:30 pm
Senior Lineup for Baccalaureate
Begins in the driveway by Mary Lyon Hall.

9:00 pm
Baccalaureate
Four speakers selected by seniors will address the graduating class. Music by the Baccalaureate Choir. Closed-circuit telecast to Hooker Auditorium. Tickets required for Chapel admittance.
Abbey Memorial Chapel

10:30 pm
Canoe Sing
Lower Lake

11:00 pm-2:00 am Seniors only
Big Sister, Little Sister Party
The class of 2014 will join their "big sister" class of 2012 for a night of reminiscing and dancing. Blanchard Great Room.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

9:00 am
Commencement Seating
Seating begins for ticket holders.
Richard Glenn Gettell Amphitheater (Rain plan: Kendall Field House)

9:30 am
Senior and Graduate Student Lineup for Commencement
Howard Gymnasium (rain or shine)

10:30 am
One Hundred Seventy-Seventh Commencement
Tickets required for amphitheater (or, in case of threatening weather, Kendall Field House) seating. Closed-circuit telecast to Hooker Auditorium and Blanchard Café (open seating).
Richard Glenn Gettell Amphitheater; Kendall Field House if threatening weather

12:30–2:00 pm
Celebratory Commencement Reception for seniors, graduate students, families, and guests (no tickets required)
Skinner Green

Take a Break at Blanchard

Blanchard Campus Center, with its wonderful meld of classic and contemporary features, is yours to enjoy throughout Commencement Weekend. Food, beverages, and snacks are available at Blanchard Café and Uncommon Grounds, both of which will have extended hours. Come spend some time at the Mount Holyoke community’s favorite meeting place.

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Café 7:00–9:00 am (continental breakfast available)
12:00 am–2:30 pm and 5:00–7:00 pm
Uncommon Grounds CLOSED

Friday, May 16, 2014
Café 7:00–9:00 am (continental breakfast available) and
12:00 am–7:00 pm
Uncommon Grounds 9:00 am–5:00 pm

Saturday, May 17, 2014
Café 7:00 am–7:00 pm (continental breakfast available)
Uncommon Grounds 7:00 am–5:00 am

Sunday, May 18, 2014
Café 7:00 am–2:30 pm (continental breakfast available)
Uncommon Grounds 8:00 am–3:00 pm