MHC to Host Pasquerella Inauguration

She's been on the job since July 1 and has already become a familiar figure on campus, but Mount Holyoke will officially welcome and inaugurate Lynn Pasquerella as its eighteenth president on Friday, September 24.

The event will be part of a three-day inaugural celebration from Thursday through Saturday, September 23-25. The inaugural ceremony--which is open to the public at large--will be held September 24 at 2 pm in Gettell Amphitheater (Kendall Field House in case of rain). Students, alumnae, faculty, and staff, along with scholars and dignitaries from throughout the United States, are expected to attend. The ceremony will be simulcast in Hooker Auditorium and Blanchard Campus Center to accommodate overflow audience, and there will be a live Webcast for those who cannot attend.

The theme of the inaugural celebration--The Promise of Women’s Leadership: Uncommon Women for the Common Good--will highlight Pasquerella’s uncompromising career as an advocate for women worldwide, as well as Mount Holyoke’s distinctive tradition of educating women who excel and contribute to the greater good.

Highlights of the three-day celebration include a scholarly panel discussion on Women's Leadership and Social Justice Thursday evening, September 23 at 7:30 pm in Gamble Auditorium. The symposium will feature several respected scholars: internationally recognized philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah; legal scholar Catharine MacKinnon; Joia Mukherjee of Partners in Health; and Kavita Ramdas '85, recent president and CEO of the Global Fund for Women. This event is also open to the public and will be simulcast in Hooker Auditorium.

Following Friday's inaugural ceremony, there will be a public reception on the Abbey Chapel lawn from 4 to 5:30 pm. and a fireworks display over Lower Lake at 7:30 pm. In addition to the public gatherings, there will be a staff reception for the president Thursday from 9 to 10:30 am in the Great Room of the Blanchard Campus Center and a student reception on Saturday from 1 to 3 pm in Chapin Auditorium.

There will be a number of special events throughout the 2010-2011 academic year to celebrate the inauguration of the new president, from lectures to a Weissman Center Student Leadership Conference. All events will be free, open to the public, and accessible to all.

Those attending the inaugural ceremony are asked to be seated in the amphitheater by 1:45 pm. Updated information regarding inauguration is posted on the College's Web site.