Commencement Weekend Schedule - May 2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

9:00–11:00 am
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 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.

3:00 pm
Class of 2016 Tree Dedication Ceremony
Between southwest corner of Clapp and Mary Lyon's grave

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).


Thursday, May 12, 2016

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

10:00 am–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 OneCardBlanchard Campus Center

1:00–3:00 pm Canoe Sing Rehearsal - MANDATORY  for canoeists and singers who will participateProspect Hall patio, Lower Lake

3:30 pm Welcome Ceremony for New Alumnae The Alumnae Association and the Class of 1966 welcome graduating seniors into the worldwide alumnae community. 1966 classmates present 2016 graduates with scarves in their class color. Open to all. Formal attire requested.Note: Class of 1966 should arrive to the venue no later than 3:00 p.m. Mary E. Woolley Hall, Chapin Auditorium

4:15–5:00 pm Class of 1966 Reception Honoring Class of 2016Outside of Mary Woolley Hall (Rain location:  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 2016 in their final lecture as undergraduates. Expect humorous and sentimental presentations from a variety of disciplines. Lecturers to be announced.Location: TBA

10:00 pm–12:00 am Seniors Only Senior Party The class of 2016 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 13, 2016

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

11:00 am–12:00 pm
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

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

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

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

6:00–7:00 pm
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 

7:30–8:30 pm 
International Reception 
Whether you have lived abroad, have come to MHC from another country, or simply have an interest in the international experience, we invite you to connect with other alumnae and students from around the world at this reception.
Blanchard Campus Center, Great Room

8:00 pm 
Commencement Concert 
Come celebrate the musical accomplishments of the Class of 2016. 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 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 14, 2016

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

9:00 am–3:00 pm
Plant Sale at the Talcott Greenhouse
Houseplants from the greenhouse are available with proceeds to benefit the Botanic Garden/Talcott Greenhouse.
Botanic Garden/Talcott Greenhouse

10:00 am–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

10:00 am–12:00 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 
144nd Alumnae Association Annual Meeting 
In celebration of 144 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

1:00–3:00 pm
Project Stream Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
The era of restoration ecology is here—uniting students, faculty, and staff to improve the health of MHC’s lake system! Celebrate MHC’s commitment to restoration at the opening of the Project Stream campus restoration site, tour the boardwalk trail and outdoor classroom, and learn how MHC is breaking new ground through its innovative Restoration Ecology Program.
LOCATION: Project Stream kiosk, located just past the MHC canoe house on the Upper Lake loop trail. See the map.

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

1:30–2:30 pm
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.

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

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

2:00–3:00 pm
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.

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


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

3:00–4:00 pm 
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 pm
Alumnae Women of Color Reception
For alumnae, seniors, families, and guests

4:00 pm
Catholic Baccalaureate Mass 
Join Father Michael Twohig 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 
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.
Abbey Memorial Chapel (Seniors only in the chapel)

10:30 pm 
Canoe Sing 
Lower Lake

10:00 pm–1:30 am  Seniors only 
Big/Little Party
The class of 2016 will join their "big sister" class of 2014 for a night of reminiscing and dancing. Blanchard Great Room.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

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 Seventy-Ninth 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).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 12, 2016 Café 7:009:00 am (continental breakfast available)12:00 am2:30 pm and 5:007:00 pmUncommon Grounds CLOSED

Friday, May 13, 2016 Café 7:009:00 am (continental breakfast available) and12:00 am7:00 pmUncommon Grounds 9:00 am5:00 pm

Saturday, May 14, 2016 Café 7:00 am7:00 pm (continental breakfast available)Uncommon Grounds 7:00 am5:00 am

Sunday, May 15, 2016 Café 7:00 am2:30 pm (continental breakfast available)Uncommon Grounds 8:00 am3:00 pm