Commencement Week Events for Graduate Students

Schedule subject to change

Thursday, May 17

4:00–5:00 p.m. 
Class of 1968 Reception Honoring Class of 2018
Outside of Mary Woolley Hall (Rain location:  Chapin Auditorium)

Friday, May 18

5:00–6:00 p.m.
Alumni Welcoming Ceremony
Cassani Lounge

Saturday, May 19

9:00 a.m. 
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, front of Mary E. Woolley Hall)

9:45 a.m. 
Laurel Chain Ceremony 
With senior class, Acting President Sonya Stephens and Alumnae Association President Marcia Brumit Kropf '67
Mary Lyon’s Grave

10.30 a.m.–12.30 p.m.
Department At-Homes 
See page the Department At-Homes page for times and locations.

9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Botanic Garden Plant Sale 
Plants from the gardens and greenhouse are available with proceeds to benefit the Botanic Garden.
Botanic Garden/Talcott Greenhouse

Noon–3:00 p.m.
Athletics Tag Sale 
Streeter Lounge, Gymnasium, Kendall Sports and Dance Complex

1:30–2:30 p.m.
Curator-led tours of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Join curators Aaron Miller, Ellen Alvord ’89, Hannah Blunt, and Kendra Weisbin for a behind-the-scenes look at special exhibitions and teaching with art programs.
Art Building, Meet in Hinchcliff Reception Hall, First Floor

2:00–3:00 p.m.
Dance Department Commencement Concert
Concert in the Studio Theatre; reception to follow in Streeter Lounge
Kendall Sports and Dance Complex

2:30–4:00 p.m.
Art Museum Open House
Visit the museum to see current special exhibitions and the diverse permanent collection. Enjoy refreshments and conversation with museum staff. 

Art Building, Hinchcliff Reception Hall, First Floor

3:00 p.m.
Tour of Library, Information, and Technology Services
Tour will begin from the atrium of the library and will finish within the hour.
Williston Library

3:00–4:00 p.m.
Lyon’s Pride Reception 
For LBTIQ alumnae, seniors, and guests
Jeannette Marks House, 5 Faculty Lane

3:00–4:00 p.m. 
Talcott Greenhouse Tour and Reception 
Take a tour with Talcott Greenhouse staff from 3 - 3:30 pm and then stay for an informal reception with light refreshments.
Talcott Greenhouse

4:00–5:00 p.m.
Alumnae Women of Color Reception
For alumnae, seniors, families, and guests
Betty Shabazz Cultural Center, 2 Dunlap Place

4:00 p.m.
Catholic Baccalaureate Mass 
Join Sr. Annette McDermott, Catholic chaplain to the College, for this afternoon's Mass.
Abbey Memorial Chapel

Sunday, May 20

9:00 a.m.
Commencement Seating 
Seating begins for ticket holders. 
Richard Glenn Gettell Amphitheater (Dangerous weather plan: Kendall Field House)

9:30 a.m.
Senior and Graduate Student Lineup for Commencement   (we march to amphitheater promptly at 10:00 a.m.)
Howard Gymnasium (rain or shine)

10:30 a.m.
One Hundred Eightieth Commencement  
Tickets required for amphitheater (or, in case of dangerous weather, Kendall Field House) seating. Closed-circuit telecast to Hooker Auditorium and Blanchard Café (open seating).
Richard Glenn Gettell Amphitheater; Kendall Field House if threatening weather

12:30–2:00 p.m.
Celebratory Commencement Reception for seniors, graduate students, families, and guests (no tickets required) 
Skinner Green