Commencement Weekend Schedule - May 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

11:30 am
Blessing and Sending
For ALL seniors, friends, staff, faculty - join this gentle closing ceremony hosted by the Eliot House staff and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.
Chapel Garden (next to Mary Lyon Hall). Rain location is Abbey Chapel.

12:30 pm
Class of 2015 Tree Dedication Ceremony
Pathway near Hooker Auditorium

8:30 – 11:00 pm
Re-Orientation: Movie Under the Stars.  SENIORS ONLY.
Senior Week Committee invites their class to bond over watching Dirty Dancing (for the last time) and make-your-own Chef Jeff ice cream sandwiches.  Wear your class color!
Amphitheater

 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

10:00 – 12:00 noon
Commencement Ticket Pickup
Seniors and graduate students only may pick up tickets. You must bring your OneCard.
Blanchard Campus Center

10:00 – 12:00 noon
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 – 3:00 pm
Canoe Sing Rehearsal - MANDATORY  for canoeists and singers who will participate
Prospect Hall patio, Lower Lake

3:30 pm
Welcome Ceremony for New Alumnae
The Alumnae Association and the Class of 1965 welcome graduating seniors into the worldwide alumnae community. 1965 classmates present 2015 graduates with scarves in their class color. Open to all. Note: Class of 1965 should arrive to the venue no later than 3 p.m.
Richard Gettell Amphitheater (Rain location: Mary E. Woolley Hall, Chapin Auditorium) 

4:15 – 5:00 pm
Class of 1965 Reception Honoring Class of 2015
Pageant Green (Rain location: Mary Woolley Hall, Chapin Auditorium)

5:00 – 6:30 pm
Red Carpet Cocktail Party - SENIORS ONLY
MHC's version of the Oscars -- put on your best Hollywood attire (whatever that means to you) and walk the red carpet as we celebrate and honor your hard work and accomplishments.  Enjoy an all-star reception with your fellow graduates. Bring your OneCard (and ID for any alcoholic beverage).
President’s House Backyard (cancelled in the event of rain)

  7:30 pm 

Seniors Only
Final Lecture Info : Favorite staff and faculty deliver parting words to the class of 2015 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 2015 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 15, 2015

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

10:00 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 201 5 online for a full description of classes and program updates.
New York Room, Mary E. Woolley Hall

11:00 – 12:00 noon
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 pm
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

1:00-3:30pm
Second Canoe Sing Rehearsal - MANDATORY
Canoeists begin at 1:00pm. Singers begin at 1:30pm
Prospect Hall patio, Lower Lake

2:00-2:45pm
50-Year Reunion Changemaker Awards Ceremony
The Class of 1965 and the 2015 Senior Class Board have collaborated to celebrate 2015 visionaries. These seniors are leaders who embody attributes shared by 1965. At the Changemaker Awards Ceremony, students whose leadership and service have transformed both Mount Holyoke’s community and society outside our gates will be recognized. During this Back-to-Class session, Changemakers will give a short presentation, in any medium they prefer, about their insightful work.
McCulloch Auditorium (Pratt 201)

3:00 – 4:00 pm
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

3:00 – 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

 

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 2015. 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 16, 2015

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 Marcia Brumit Kropf '67
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

10:00 – 1:00 pm
Commencement Ticket Pickup (final time)
Seniors and graduate students only may pick up tickets. You must bring your One Card.
Blanchard Campus Center

10:15 – 11:30 am
143nd Alumnae Association Annual Meeting
In celebration of 143 years of legacy, tradition, and success, Mount Holyoke College alumnae, graduating seniors, and guests gather to honor the past and welcome the future.
Mary Woolley Hall, 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
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 pm
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

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 pm
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.
Talcott Greenhouse

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

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

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
Senior Line up for Baccalaureate
Line up begins in front of Porter Hall (inside Mary Lyon Hall if raining)

9:00 pm
Baccalaureate
Four speakers selected by seniors will address the graduating class. Music by the Baccalaureate Choir. Families and guests may view the live broadcast in Hooker, Gamble, Cleveland L1, L2, and L3.
Abbey Memorial Chapel (Seniors only in the chapel)

10:30 pm
Canoe Sing
Lower Lake

11:00 pm – 2:00 am Seniors only
Big Sister, Little Sister Party
The class of 2015 will join their "big sister" class of 2013 for a night of reminiscing and dancing. Blanchard Great Room.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

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   (we march to amphitheater promptly at 10:00am)
Howard Gymnasium (rain or shine)

10:30 am
One Hundred Seventy-Eighth 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 14, 2015
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 15, 2015
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 16, 2015
Café 7:00 am 7:00 pm (continental breakfast available)
Uncommon Grounds 7:00 am 5:00 am

Sunday, May 17, 2015
Café 7:00 am 2:30 pm (continental breakfast available)
Uncommon Grounds 8:00 am 3:00 pm