Stoling Ceremony

What is the Stoling Ceremony?

For graduating students of color, this ceremony, which was first held in May 2005 due to the volunteer efforts of faculty and staff of color, serves as an opportunity for the students, along with parents, faculty, staff, and friends, to get together and celebrate their achievements. Additionally, this ceremony offers an opportunity for graduating students of color to acknowledge a mentor (someone who has inspired and supported them while at MHC), and to also reflect on their experiences here. The mentor should be an employee of Mount Holyoke College.  As part of the ceremony, the mentor will bestow a traditional Kente cloth stole or sash upon the student.

The Stoling Ceremony is now sponsored by the SGA Students of Color Committee under the advisement of Latrina L. Denson, Associate Dean for Community and Inclusion.

When is the Stoling Ceremony?

The Stoling Ceremony is traditionally held Friday evening prior to Commencement. This year's Stoling Ceremony will be held Friday, May 15, 2020, at 6 pm in Chapin Auditorium.

How can I participate?

Students interested in participating in the Stoling Ceremony MUST fill out the Stoling Ceremony Form prior to the required date. In addition they must be in attendance to receive their stole.

Additional requirements for participation in the Stoling Ceremony?

Students MUST participate in a mandatory rehearsal the Thursday prior to the Stoling Ceremony. This year's rehearsal will be Thursday, May 14, 9:30 am. Breakfast will be provided.

Students are asked to wear all black attire. 

For more information about the Stoling Ceremony or accessibility needs and/ or concerns, please email or contact Latrina L. Denson, Associate Dean of Students for Community and Inclusion at or call 413-538-2550.

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