Campus Updates

Visit the campus updates page for information on Mount Holyoke's response to the global pandemic. 

Letters and Speeches

Lisa Sullivan

Provost and dean of faculty announced

President Stephens announces Dr. Lisa Sullivan as the College’s new provost and dean of faculty.
Mona Sutphen ’89 and Anne McKenny ’79

Presidential Search Committee chairs

Board of Trustees Chair Karena Strella ’90 announces the chair and vice-chair of the Presidential Search Committee.
Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum appointed interim

The Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum to serve as Mount Holyoke College’s interim president. She will begin her service in July 2022
President Sonya Stephens

Mount Holyoke forever shall be

President Stephens expresses her profound gratitude for the opportunity to serve Mount Holyoke since 2013.
The lantern at the top of the Mount Holyoke College field gate

In appreciation of our nineteenth president

As President Stephens announces she is stepping down, Board of Trustees Chair Karena Strella ’90 honors her accomplishments and outlines next steps.
Photo the library reading room with an overlay of the College seal

Welcome to the spring 2022 semester

President Stephens shares her message of welcome for the new year and the new semester.
Two people wearing masks and sunglasses

Health & safety updates for spring 2022

President Stephens shares an urgent message regarding operational changes for the safe start of the 2022 spring semester.
Closeup image of a student playing the piano

A season of renewal

President Sonya Stephens presents a video to celebrate our community in this new year.
Photo of the Mount Holyoke College sign

Antisemitic symbols on campus

After the discovery of more antisemitic symbols on campus, President Stephens gives updates on the investigation and offers resources to the community.
Solar panels on the roof of Creighton Hall

Climate action commitments

President Stephens writes to clarify Mount Holyoke College’s climate commitments, including investment strategies, greening the campus and climate justice.
Photo of Mary Lyon Hall

Swastika discovered on campus

A swastika was found in a Mount Holyoke residence hall. President Stephens discusses both the ongoing investigation and resources for the community.
Black Lives Matter Banner displayed on campus

Racist messages in the community & on campus

President Stephens denounces racist messages sent to Black students, faculty and staff at UMass Amherst and Patriot Front stickers on the MHC campus.
President Sonya Stephens delivers a welcome address during Convocation 2021

Convocation 2021

Celebrating the return of students to a fully-reopened campus, President Stephens welcomed all with a speech on the importance of interconnectedness.
A photo of a row of trees along the lake on campus

Welcome to the Fall 2021 semester

President Stephens shares her message of welcome for the new academic year and the return to an in-person educational and community experience
Aerial photo of the Mount Holyoke campus showing the clock on Mary Lyon Hall

Dean of Faculty Search Committee

President Stephens announces the process for undergoing the search for the next Dean of Faculty, including the members of the search committee.
Students wearing masks while talking to each other on campus

Campus updates for the fall 2021 semester

In light of the surge of the delta variant of COVID-19, President Sonya Stephens has updated health and safety plans for students and employees.
Mead Hall

Damage to Mead Hall

Lightning struck Mead Hall July 17, 2021. President Stephens writes with a detailed update on the damage to the building and the cleanup efforts underway.
Aerial photo of the Mount Holyoke campus showing the clock on Mary Lyon Hall

COVID-19 vaccination mandate for employees

Mount Holyoke College will mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees as of August 13, 2021.
Photo of Acting President Sonya Stephens giving the 2016 Convocation speech

Welcome to Commencement 2021

Empathy, the connective experience, underpins friendships and fuels advocacy and collective action, says President Stephens. It begins with curiosity.
Two adirondack charis with the overlay of the MHC seal

Fall 2021 detailed information

As the College moves toward a full undergraduate residential experience for fall 2021, updated information for students and employees can be found here.
Aerial photo of the Mount Holyoke campus showing the clock on Mary Lyon Hall

Honorary degree recipients and Commencement

President Sonya Stephens shares news about Commencement 2021, including the three honorary degree recipients.
Black Lives Matter Banner displayed on campus

The Derek Chauvin trial

The verdict in the Derek Chauvin killing of George Floyd has many of us feeling a keen awareness that there is so much more yet to be done.
Photo of Mary Lyon Hall

Regarding the Atlanta-area shooting

The tragic attack in Atlanta has brought to the fore yet further evidence of racism, anti-Asian sentiment and gender-based violence.
Aerial photo of the Mount Holyoke campus with an overlay of the College seal

Continuity of care at Gorse Children’s Center

Mount Holyoke has secured a one-year extension of the current contract with Bright Horizons.