Mary Graham Davis '65

Inaugural Investiture
September 24, 2010

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It is my great honor now to ask Lynn Pasquerella to join me at the podium.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I present you, Lynn Pasquerella, 18th President of Mount Holyoke College, with the Symbols of Office of the Presidency. These representations of office, brought by the College Archivist, mark your formal investiture as President of the College.
First, I present to you an original key to the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. This key was salvaged from the fire that destroyed the building in 1896. May its continuing existence be your reminder of the enduring legacy of Mount Holyoke’s founder, Mary Lyon. But for her courage, neither we nor Mount Holyoke would be here today, celebrating your installation as President of the oldest institution for the higher education of women in the United States.

Second, I give you the Mount Holyoke College charter, approved by the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on the 11th of February, 1836. This charter has been amended over time as the College has evolved. In 1888, Mount Holyoke was granted collegiate status and named Mount Holyoke Seminary and College. In 1893, again by Act of the Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth assembled in General Court, the institution became Mount Holyoke College. May this charter remind you that this College’s tradition is one of dynamic transformation.

Third, I will bestow upon you the official Mount Holyoke College seal, engraved on a bronze medallion designed for this day. Like the charter, the rendering of the seal has changed over time as the College has changed, but the core elements of the design have remained constant: a cluster of palms, a palace in the background, a block of stone in the foreground, and the verse of the words of the Psalmist: “That our daughters may be as corner stones.” 

On behalf of the Board of Trustees of Mount Holyoke College,

I charge you with all the rights and responsibilities of the presidency of Mount Holyoke College.