Convocation Kicks Off 175th Celebration

Under threatening skies, students transformed Gettell Amphitheater into a tapestry of blue, green, red, yellow, and purple, as Mount Holyoke officially welcomed the class of 2016 and launched a yearlong celebration of the College’s 175th anniversary, along with the new academic year, at this week’s opening convocation.

Dressed in their class colors as Loch Ness monsters, flowers, Elmo, and cookie boxes, students greeted this year’s speakers—and their speeches—with gusto and noise.

Professor of History Holly Hanson, President Lynn Pasquerella, Associate Professor of Psychology and Education and Gender Studies Amber Douglas, Staff Council Cochair Bardee Sadlier, Rev. Gladys Moore, and Student Government Association President So Jin Lee ’13 all addressed the gathering.

In her remarks, President Pasquerella noted that MHC alumnae have the common experience of “acquiring a liberal education at Mount Holyoke that not only enabled them to develop a voice, but to use that voice to transform the world.”

She urged students to not only take it personally when social and political realities deny women full participation in the public sphere, but to act to promote the change they want.

And, she said, “When necessary, make some noise.”