The Laurel Chain Society

A Legacy of Loyalty

The members of The Laurel Chain Society are our champions - dedicated alumnae, family members and friends who carry the spirit of Mount Holyoke and support the College each and every year.

The generosity of LCS members plays a crucial role in advancing the mission of Mount Holyoke College. Since its founding in 2013, The Laurel Chain Society has honored members’ steadfast support - in any amount to any fund - to the College.


This past fiscal year, 7,141 Laurel Chain Society members (representing 74 percent of all donors to the College) invested $11.6 million in the Mount Holyoke community, nearly $6.7 million of which was given through The Mount Holyoke Fund for immediate use. The impact of this generous support can be seen across campus and resonates deeply with students, faculty, and staff.


In recognition of Laurel Chain Society members’ commitment to supporting Mount Holyoke, we invite LCS members to participate in the Laurel Chain Society Fireside Chat Series which includes access to exclusive online content. LCS members will also receive special recognition at Reunion. Most importantly, as a member, you’ll know that your consistent support of the College sustains the life of our beloved community.


  • Supporters who have given three consecutive years, including a gift in the current fiscal year
  • Young alumnae in 2017-2015 (one to three years out) who make a gift in the current fiscal year
  • Seniors who make a gift to the senior campaign

The Laurel Chain Society Honor Roll

See the full 2017-2018 Honor Roll.

Spotlight on Members

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Omaima Afzaal ’17

“As alumnae, we have all benefited from (our) experience, whether it’s the academics, the community, or the opportunities MHC provided for us."
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Katia deSouza (Evans) ’99

“I come from a large family with big ambitions and tiny purses. My parents wanted the best for me and MHC gave me the opportunity to achieve those goals.”
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Kathy Schofield ’70

“My MHC education gave me confidence in my own abilities, reinforced my assertiveness and instilled problem-solving skills…"
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Joan Winkel Ripley ’55

“We were fortunate to attend a women’s college that had great professors … and provided a terrific education. I want other women to have the same."

The Laurel Chain Society Fireside Chat Series & Lecture Archives

Featuring innovative and engaging faculty, the Laurel Chain Society Fireside Chat Series & Lecture Archives connects you with the vibrant intellectual life of the College.