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May 24, 2002

College Celebrates 165th Commencement May 26

By the time Mount Holyoke's 494 graduating seniors reach Gettell Amphitheater on May 26, they will have participated in several days of receptions, open houses, worship services, concerts, parties, and tours that are as much rites of passage as the awarding of diplomas. Commencement activities began Thursday, May 23, with a barbecue for seniors at the president's house, followed by a senior slide show and party at Chapin Auditorium. On Friday, students and their guests will enjoy a concert at Abbey Memorial Chapel, a presentation by College founder Mary Lyon (played by Kate Carney M.A. '58), and a reception at the Willits-Hallowell Center. New
this year will be "Professors Unplugged," at which four professors chosen by the seniors will address subjects relevant to seniors' experiences at Mount Holyoke. That event will take place on Friday in Pratt Hall. Saturday's events include "A Night in Italy" dinner on Skinner Green, baccalaureate at Abbey Memorial Chapel, and fireworks and a canoe sing at Lower Lake, a tradition originally called "Senior Serenade" that dates to 1911.
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