Year in Photos: 2019

Mount Holyoke College Gates

Mount Holyoke brings the world in and prepares its students to go out into the world.



Fimbel Maker & Innovation Lab

The Fimbel Maker & Innovation Lab is open for business.


Opioid epidemic illustration

The Alumnae Quarterly profiled the experiences of three alumnae touched by the opioid crisis. They speak of heartbreak and hope in the struggle to reverse the ongoing national tragedy.



Convocation, 2019

The uniquely Mount Holyoke Convocation kicked off the academic year with joyful enthusiasm. Watch the video



White flower just beginning to open in the spring at Mount Holyoke in South Hadley, MA.

Blue skies and magnolias in full bloom — it must be spring at Mount Holyoke.



Debra Martin Chase surrounded by Mount Holyoke students.

Debra Martin Chase ’77 (seated) premiered her latest movie, the Academy Award-nominated “Harriet,” for the College community. 



First M&Cs in the library

The class of 2023 enjoyed its first M&Cs (milk & cookies), held in the Reading Room of Williston Library during fall Orientation.



Moon rocks on an open palm.

Darby Dyar, the Kennedy-Schelkunoff Professor of Astronomy, leads a team studying moon rocks that have been sealed and untouched for nearly 50 years. 



Jorge in fresh snow, overlooking lower lake.

Jorge, the (unofficial) campus mascot, leaving tracks by Lower Lake.



photo of a young, smiling woman carrying a box of vegetables in the foreground of a large field of spaghetti squash, oblong yellow vegetables, while a dozen others in the background also gather squash.

Posse Scholar Julia Talamo ’21 (foreground) is spending her college years exploring the environment, public health and social justice — and making a significant impact on the local community.



Hortense Parker celebration in Blanchard.

2019 marked the 10th anniversary of the annual Hortense Parker Celebration, which honors the first known student of color to graduate from Mount Holyoke. This year's event included keynote speaker Rochelle Calhoun ’83, vice president of campus life at Princeton University, an alum panel discussion and an essay contest. Winning submissions this year were by Toni-Ann Williams ’23 and Anpa’o Locke ’21.



Commencement Illustration by Marina Li

Mount Holyoke celebrated over 600 students who graduated in the College’s 182nd Commencement.



Dance performance on campus in 2019

“One,” a meditation on the story of Henrietta Lacks and her immortal cells, was performed as part of the annual Fall Faculty Dance Concert




Catherine Peabody ’20 received the Lynn Miller Award at the 2019 New England Women’s Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament. 



Building On Our Momentum Day

Mount Holyoke’s third annual BOOM! Building on Our Momentum Learning Conference drew crowds of students, faculty and staff to more than 40 sessions. The day focused on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, with workshop ranging from grassroots organizing and listening across differences to the neurobiology of trauma.



Two students in a classroom using lab equipment.

Biochemistry majors (from left) McKenna Lamb ’20 and June Graham ’20 pipetted for an assay to analyze their purified protein. The class was taught by Katie Berry, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Biochemistry. Thirty-five percent of Mount Holyoke students major in STEM subjects.   



Gracious Dinner, where students dress up and the food is elegant.

Gracious Dinner is one of Mount Holyoke’s delicious traditions. 



Die-in for Sunrise

Students joined climate strikes around the world when they held a “funeral for our futures” as part of the Sunrise Movement.



Laurel Parade

Graduating seniors celebrated their achievements by joining alums in the annual Laurel Parade, held on Commencement weekend.



Graduate Program

A video about Mount Holyoke's Professional and Graduate Education program featured Danilo Ferro MAT’20, who is earning his master's in teaching initial licensure.



Eleanor Rasor reading her first novel at the Odyssey bookstore in South Hadley.

First-year student Eleanor Rasor read from her first novel for an enthusiastic audience at the Odyssey Bookshop.



Flower Show

The annual Flower Show again featured a student-made sculpture.



Joan Jonas holding her dog.

Celebrated artist Joan Jonas ’58 directed students in a one-time reconfigured staging of her groundbreaking 1969 and 1970 performances, “Mirror Piece I” and “Mirror Piece II.” The 15 performers represented a range of artistic interests and disciplines across the liberal arts, from neuroscience and art history to French and film studies.



Now more than ever - a collage of students with a blue tint.

Mount Holyoke College. Now more than ever. Watch the video