Commencement Weekend Schedule - May 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

9:00–11:00 a.m.
My Journey Begins Coffee Hour with the CDC
All seniors are invited to stop by to pick up a souvenir from the CDC, create a sign and have your photo taken for #MyJourneyBegins, get some last minute career advice, and learn about our alumnae career resources. Coffee and donuts will be served.
Location: Career Development Center

11:30 a.m.
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.

8:30–11:00 p.m. Seniors Only
Re-Orientation: Movie Under the Stars.
Senior Week Committee invites their class to bond over watching Dirty Dancing (for the last time).
Amphitheater

 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

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

10:00 a.m.–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 p.m.
Canoe Sing Rehearsal - MANDATORY  for canoeists and singers who will participate
Prospect Hall patio, Lower Lake

3:30 p.m.
Welcome Ceremony for New Alumnae 
The Alumnae Association and the Class of 1967 welcome graduating seniors into the worldwide alumnae community. 1967 classmates present 2017 graduates with scarves in their class color. Open to all. Formal attire requested.
Note: Class of 1967 should arrive to the venue no later than 3:00 p.m.
Mary E. Woolley Hall, Chapin Auditorium

4:00–5:00 p.m.
Class of 1967 Reception Honoring Class of 2017
Outside of Mary Woolley Hall (Rain location:  Chapin Auditorium)

5:00–6:30 p.m. Seniors Only
Red Carpet Cocktail Party 
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 p.m. Seniors Only
Final Lecture
Favorite staff and faculty deliver parting words to the class of 2017 in their final lecture as undergraduates. Expect humorous and sentimental presentations from a variety of disciplines. 
Lecturers to be announced.
Location: TBA

10:00 p.m.–Midnight Seniors Only 
Senior Party 
The class of 2017 will kick off their Commencement Weekend with a night of classic favorites from their time here and before. This party is seniors only until 11:00 pm.
Blanchard Great Room

Friday, May 19, 2017

8:00 a.m.
Senior Breakfast 
Morrison Room, Willits-Hallowell Center

8:45 a.m.  MANDATORY FOR SENIORS
Commencement and Laurel Chain Rehearsal   
Meet in the gymnasium, Kendall Sports and Dance Complex

11:00 a.m.–Noon
State-of-the-College Address by Acting President Sonya Stephens
Art Building, Gamble Auditorium

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

2:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m.
Campus Tours
Take a general campus walking tour with student tour guides departing from the Office of Admission at either 2:00 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. Tours last approximately 75 minutes and no registration is necessary to participate. 

2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Admission Drop-In Hour
Attending with a family member in grades nine to eleven?  The Office of Admission is hosting a drop-in hour for questions about the MHC admission process or the college admission process in general. A member of the admission staff as well as current MHC students will be available to answer questions.
Admission Office, Newhall Center

2:30-4:30 p.m.
Second Canoe Sing Rehearsal - MANDATORY
Prospect Hall patio, Lower Lake

3:00–5:00 p.m.
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 p.m.
Commencement Ticket Pickup
Seniors and graduate students only may pick up tickets. You must bring your One Card.
Blanchard Campus Center

5:15–6:00 p.m.
Shabbat Evening Service and Oneg Shabbat 
For alumnae, seniors, and guests
Eliot House

6:00–7:00 p.m.
Stoling Ceremony
This ceremony offers an opportunity for graduating students of color to acknowledge a mentor (someone who has inspired and supported them while at MHC).
Chapin Auditorium 

8:00 p.m.
Commencement Concert 
Come celebrate the musical accomplishments of the Class of 2017. This concert features seniors on solo repertoire as well as the Commencement Choir. This concert is free and open to the public. All are welcome!
Abbey Chapel

9:30 p.m.   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 20, 2017

9:00 a.m.
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 a.m.
Laurel Chain Ceremony 
With senior class, Acting President Sonya Stephens and Alumnae Association President Marcia Brumit Kropf '67
Mary Lyon’s Grave

9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Botanic Garden Plant Sale
Plants from the gardens and greenhouse are available with proceeds to benefit the Botanic Garden.
Botanic Garden/Talcott Greenhouse

10:00 a.m.–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

10:00 a.m.–noon
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 a.m.
145nd Alumnae Association Annual Meeting 
In celebration of 145 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 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Community Picnic 
For alumnae, seniors, graduate students, families, and guests (prepaid reservations required for non-seniors)
Skinner Green Tent

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

1:00 p.m.
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

1:30–2:30 p.m.
Curator-led tours of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Join curators Aaron Miller, Ellen Alvord ’89, Hannah Blunt, and Kendra Weisbin for a behind-the-scenes look at special exhibitions and teaching with art programs.
Art Building, Meet in Hinchcliff Reception Hall, First Floor

2:00 p.m.
Tour of Library, Information, and Technology Services
Tour will begin from the atrium of the library and will finish within the hour.
Williston Library

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

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

2:00–3:00 p.m.
Rowing Team Gathering
Alumnae rowers and friends of MHC rowing are invited to reconnect and hear about what is new with MHC’s rowing program.
Mount Holyoke Community Boat House, 240 Ferry Street

2:30–4:00 p.m.
Art Museum Open House
Visit the museum to see current special exhibitions and the diverse permanent collection. Enjoy refreshments and conversation with museum staff. 

Art Building, Hinchcliff Reception Hall, First Floor

3:00 p.m.
Tour of Library, Information, and Technology Services
Tour will begin from the atrium of the library and will finish within the hour.
Williston Library

3:00–4:00 p.m.
Lyon’s Pride Reception 
For LBTIQ alumnae, seniors, and guests
Jeannette Marks House, 5 Faculty Lane

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

4:00–5:00 p.m.
Alumnae Women of Color Reception
For alumnae, seniors, families, and guests
Betty Shabazz Cultural Center, 2 Dunlap Place

4:00 p.m.
Catholic Baccalaureate Mass 
Join Sr. Annette McDermott, Catholic chaplain to the College, for this afternoon's Mass.
Abbey Memorial Chapel

5:30–7:00 p.m.
Baccalaureate Dinner 
Buffet dinner for seniors and guests (prepaid reservations required for non-seniors) 
Skinner Green Tent

8:30 p.m .
Senior Line up for Baccalaureate

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

9:00 p.m.
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 and Gamble, or on the Commencement Events Livestream page.
Abbey Memorial Chapel (Seniors only in the chapel)

10:30 p.m.
Canoe Sing

Lower Lake

10:00 p.m.–1:30 a.m.  Seniors and class of 2015 only
Big/Little Party

The class of 2017 will join their "big sister" class of 2015 for a night of reminiscing and dancing. Blanchard Great Room

Sunday, May 21, 2017

9:00 am 
Commencement Seating 
Seating begins for ticket holders. 
Richard Glenn Gettell Amphitheater (Dangerous weather 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 Eightieth Commencement  
Tickets required for amphitheater (or, in case of dangerous weather, Kendall Field House) seating. Closed-circuit telecast to Hooker Auditorium and Blanchard Café (open seating) and available on the Commencement Events Livestream page.
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 18, 2017
Café 7:009:00 am (continental breakfast available)
12:00 am2:30 pm and 5:007:00 pm
Uncommon Grounds CLOSED

Friday, May 19, 2017
Café 7:009:00 am (continental breakfast available) and
12:00 am7:00 pm
Uncommon Grounds 9:00 am5:00 pm

Saturday, May 20, 2017
Café 7:00 am7:00 pm (continental breakfast available)
Uncommon Grounds 7:00 am5:00 am

Sunday, May 21, 2017
Café 7:00 am2:30 pm (continental breakfast available)
Uncommon Grounds 8:00 am3:00 pm