September 24, 2010
It is my great honor now to ask Lynn Pasquerella to join me at the podium.
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.