Commencement Weekend Schedule - May 2018

Schedule subject to change

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

9 – 11 am
My Journey Begins Coffee Hour with the CDC
All seniors are invited to stop by to pick up a souvenir from the CDC, create a sign and have your photo taken for #MyJourneyBegins, get some last-minute career advice, and learn about career resources for alumnae. Coffee and donuts will be served.
Career Development Center

8:30 – 11 pm Re-Orientation: Movie Under the Stars (seniors only)
Senior Week Committee invites their class to bond over watching "Dirty Dancing" for the last time as students.
Richard Glenn Gettell Amphitheater

 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

10 am – noon
Commencement Ticket Pickup 
Seniors and graduate students only may pick up tickets. You must bring your OneCard.

Meal Ticket Pickup 
For pre-purchased Saturday meal tickets. Seniors and graduate students only may pick up tickets. You must bring your OneCard.
Community Center

1 – 3 pm
Canoe Sing Rehearsal - MANDATORY for participating canoeists and singers
Prospect Hall patio, Lower Lake

3:30 pm
Welcome Ceremony for New Alumnae 
The Alumnae Association and the Class of 1968 welcome graduating seniors into the worldwide alumnae community. 1968 classmates present 2018 graduates with scarves in their class color. Open to all. Formal attire requested.
Note: Class of 1968 should arrive at the venue no later than 3 pm. 
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall

4 – 5 pm
Class of 1968 Reception Honoring Class of 2018
Outside Mary Woolley Hall (Rain location: Chapin Auditorium)

5 – 6:30 pm 
Red Carpet Cocktail Party (seniors only)
Mount Holyoke's version of the Oscars! Put on your best Hollywood attire (whatever that means to you) and walk the red carpet as we celebrate and honor your hard work and accomplishments. Enjoy an all-star reception with your fellow graduates. Bring your OneCard and ID for alcoholic beverages.
President’s House backyard (canceled in the event of rain)

7:30 pm
Final Lecture (seniors only)

Favorite staff and faculty deliver parting words to the class of 2018 in their final lecture as undergraduates. Expect humorous and sentimental presentations from a variety of disciplines. 
Lecturers to be announced.
Location: TBA

10 pm – midnight
Meet Us At the Pub! (seniors only)
Join us for a special opening of the new campus pub. Bring your ID for alcoholic beverages. This event is for seniors only.
The Pub, Community Center

Friday, May 18, 2018

8 am
Senior Breakfast
Dining Commons

8:45 am
Commencement and Laurel Chain Rehearsal – MANDATORY FOR SENIORS
Meet in the gymnasium, Kendall Sports and Dance Complex

11 am – noon
State-of-the-College Address, Acting President and President-elect Sonya Stephens

Gamble Auditorium, Art Building

1 – 4 pm
Campus Tours and Admission Office Open Hours
Take a general campus walking tour with student tour guides departing from the Office of Admission at either 1 pm or 2:30 pm. Tours last approximately 75 minutes and no registration is necessary to participate.

Attending with a family member in grades nine to 11? The Office of Admission will also host a drop-in time from 1 to 4 pm for questions about the Mount Holyoke admission process and the college admission process in general. A member of the admission staff, as well as current Mount Holyoke students, will be available to answer questions.
Admission Office, Newhall Center

2 – 5 pm
Freedom of Movement Reception
Join us for an exhibit of Mount Holyoke's historic athletic wear. Explore the journey of women's athletic wear from 1880 to the present and the transformation to greater mobility and freedom with the birth of women's athletics. Meet the students who mounted this exhibit as well as noted fashion historian Patricia Warner. This collection inspired her to trace the history of athletic fashion and its impact on our lives today. Presented by the Rooke Theatre, with support from Archives and Special Collections and Kendall Gymnasium.
Rooke Theater Lobby

2:30 – 4:30 pm
Second Canoe Sing Rehearsal – MANDATORY for participating canoeists and singers
Prospect Hall patio, Lower Lake

3 pm
Blessing and Sending

Sponsored by Religious and Spiritual Life
Abbey Chapel/Mary Lyon Garden

3 – 5 pm
Meal Ticket Pickup
For pre-purchased Saturday meal tickets. Seniors and graduate students only may pick up tickets. You must bring your OneCard.

Commencement Ticket Pickup
Seniors and graduate students only may pick up tickets. You must bring your OneCard.
Community Center

5 – 6 pm
Shabbat Evening Service and Oneg Shabbat
For alumnae, seniors and guests
Eliot House

6 – 8 pm
Stoling Ceremony

This ceremony offers an opportunity for graduating students of color to acknowledge a mentor, someone who has inspired and supported them while at Mount Holyoke.
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall

8 pm
Commencement Concert
Celebrate the musical accomplishments of the class of 2018. This concert features seniors on solo repertoire as well as the Commencement Choir. Free and open to the public. All are welcome.
Abbey Chapel

8 – 9 pm
Jumma Ifftar and Maghreb Prayer
For alumnae, seniors and guests
Unity Room, Blanchard Center

9:30 pm
Senior Slideshow and Final M&Cs (seniors only)
An opportunity for seniors to mingle and enjoy their final milk and cookies at Mount Holyoke, accompanied by a slideshow of photos taken during their time here. This event is for seniors only.
Great Room, Community Center

11 pm – 2 am
Senior Pajama Party (seniors only)
Special M&Cs, movies, glitter-jar making, arts and crafts — and more. Expect the night to sparkle! Begins after the Final M&Cs. This event is for seniors only.
Great Room, Community Center

Saturday, May 19, 2018

9 am
Alumnae Parade 
While the band plays, Loyalty Classes lead the parade, followed by alumnae classes, alumnae relatives, certificate and graduate students, and seniors carrying the Laurel Chain. Please begin lining up no later than 8:15 am and don’t forget your white clothes! Rain or shine.
Abbey/Buckland Circle (seniors line up front of Mary Woolley Hall)

9:45 am
Laurel Chain Ceremony 
With the senior class, Acting President and President-elect Sonya Stephens and Alumnae Association President Marcia Brumit Kropf '67
Mary Lyon’s grave

9 am – 2:30 pm
Botanic Garden Plant Sale
Plants from the gardens and greenhouse are available, with proceeds to benefit the Botanic Garden.
Talcott Greenhouse, Botanic Garden

10 – noon
Meal Ticket Pickup 
For pre-purchased Saturday meal tickets. Seniors and graduate students only may pick up tickets. You must bring your OneCard.

10 am – noon
Commencement Ticket Pickup (final time) 

Seniors and graduate students only may pick up tickets. You must bring your OneCard. 
Community Center

10 am – 1 pm
Freedom of Movement Exhibit
Rooke Theatre with support from Archives and Special Collections and Kendall Gymnasium present an exhibit of Mount Holyoke's Historic Athletic Wear. Explore the journey of women's athletic wear from 1880 to the present and the transformation to greater mobility and freedom with the birth of women's athletics.
Curated by senior Lily Williams ’18 and researched and mounted by students: Claire Morse ’18, Elizabeth Lowe ’19, Julia Doyle ’20 and Erin Hancock ’20.
Rooke Theater Lobby

10:15 – 11:30 am
146th Alumnae Association Annual Meeting 
In celebration of 146 years of legacy, tradition and success, Mount Holyoke College alumnae, graduating seniors and guests gather to honor the past and welcome the future. 
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall

11:30 am – 1 pm
Community Picnic 
For alumnae, seniors, graduate students, families and guests (prepaid reservations required for non-seniors)
Skinner Green

Noon – 3 pm
Athletics Tag Sale 
Streeter Lounge, Gymnasium, Kendall Sports and Dance Complex

1 pm
Phi Beta Kappa Initiation

Phi Beta Kappa seniors, alumnae and guests
Read more about Why Phi Beta Kappa Matters.
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall

2 pm
Tour of Library, Information and Technology Services (LITS)
Tour will begin from the atrium of the library and will finish within the hour.
Williston Library

2 – 3 pm
Dance Department Commencement Concert

Concert in the Studio Theatre; reception to follow in Streeter Lounge
Kendall Sports and Dance Complex

2 – 4:30 pm
Department At-Homes 
See Department At-Homes for times and locations.

2 – 3 pm
Rowing Team Gathering
Alumnae rowers and friends of Mount Holyoke College rowing are invited to reconnect and hear about what is new with the rowing program.
Mount Holyoke Community Boat House, 240 Ferry Street

2:30 – 4 pm
Art Museum Open House
Visit the museum to see current special exhibitions and the diverse permanent collection. Enjoy refreshments and conversation with museum staff. 

Hinchcliff Reception Hall, first floor, Art Building

3 pm
Tour of Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS)
Tour will begin from the atrium of the library and will finish within the hour.
Williston Library

3 – 4 pm
Lyons’ Pride Reception 
For LGBTQ alumnae, seniors and guests
Jeannette Marks House, 5 Faculty Lane

4 – 5 pm
Alumnae Women of Color Reception
For alumnae, seniors, families and guests
Betty Shabazz Cultural Center, 2 Dunlap Place

4 pm
Catholic Baccalaureate Mass 

Join Sr. Annette McDermott, Catholic chaplain to the College, for this afternoon's Mass.
Abbey Memorial Chapel

5:30 – 7 pm
Baccalaureate Dinner 
Buffet dinner for seniors and guests (prepaid reservations required for non-seniors) 
Skinner Green

8:30 pm
Senior Line-up for Baccalaureate
Line-up begins in front of Porter Hall (inside Mary Lyon Hall if raining)

9 pm
Baccalaureate
Four speakers selected by seniors will address the graduating class. Music by the Baccalaureate Choir. Families and guests may view the live broadcast in Hooker and Gamble, or on the Commencement Events Livestream page.
Abbey Memorial Chapel (Seniors only in the chapel)

10:30 pm
Canoe Sing
Lower Lake

10 pm – 1:30 am 
Big/Little Party (seniors and class of 2016 only) 
The class of 2018 will join their "big sister" class of 2016 for a night of reminiscing and dancing.
Great Room, Community Center

Sunday, May 20, 2018

9 am 
Commencement Seating 
Seating begins for ticket holders. 
Richard Glenn Gettell Amphitheater (Dangerous weather plan: Kendall Field House)

9:30 am 
Senior and Graduate Student Line-up for Commencement (march to amphitheater promptly at 10 am)
Howard Gymnasium (rain or shine)

10:30 am 
One Hundred Eighty-First Commencement  
Tickets required for amphitheater (or, in case of dangerous weather, Kendall Field House) seating. Closed-circuit telecast to Hooker Auditorium and Community Center (open seating) and available on the Commencement Events Livestream page.
Richard Glenn Gettell Amphitheater (Kendall Field House if threatening weather)

12:30 – 2 pm 
Celebratory Commencement Reception for seniors, graduate students, families and guests (no tickets required) 
Dining Commons