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When you’re the nation’s oldest institution of higher learning for women, it’s only fitting to have some treasured traditions. As a student, you’ll quickly discover that the College’s traditions bring the community closer together and create some of your most memorable Mount Holyoke moments.
The annual ceremony for welcoming our newest students and launching the academic year. Held in the ampitheater and attended by faculty and students.
A weekend in October for family and friends to experience the beautiful Mount Holyoke campus, culture of academic excellence and vibrant cocurricular life.
A College tradition since 1838. Classes are cancelled and students are invited to climb (or ride) to the Summit House atop Mount Holyoke.
On Founder’s Day, Mount Holyoke College raises a spoon to the bravery and vision of its founder, Mary Lyon.
Held in some form on campus each December since 1899, this holiday tradition is much anticipated and reliably fills Abbey Chapel.
In 1979, Pangynaskeia (now commonly called “Pangy Day”) debuted as a Mount Holyoke College tradition celebrating the “total world of women.”
This moving ritual, which takes place during commencement weekend, marks the transition from MHC student to MHC alumna.
A long-standing College tradition enjoyed by all resident students, M&Cs is a light snack provided as a study break and social event each evening.
Sibings for life. Tracing its origins back to the early 1900s, the program pairs up a junior (the “Big”) with an incoming first-year (the “Little”).
DisOrientation is an ever-evolving tradition, but at its core it serves to build camaraderie between the senior and freshman classes.
A first-year and sophomore based tradition. First-year students receive small gifts over the course of the week from a sophomore ‘Elf.’
A tradition since the early 1900s, classes use a color and symbol to identify themselves at class-related activities including Convocation.
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