Campus Updates

Visit the campus updates page for information on Mount Holyoke's response to the global pandemic. The Opening the Gates site contains details about the fall semester.

Letters and Speeches

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.
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COVID-19 vaccination mandate for employees

Mount Holyoke College will mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees as of August 13, 2021.
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Welcome to Commencement 2021

Empathy, the connective experience, underpins friendships and fuels advocacy and collective action, says President Stephens. It begins with curiosity.
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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.
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Honorary degree recipients and Commencement

President Sonya Stephens shares news about Commencement 2021, including the three honorary degree recipients.
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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.
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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.
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Continuity of care at Gorse Children’s Center

Mount Holyoke has secured a one-year extension of the current contract with Bright Horizons.
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Update regarding on-campus early education

President Stephens discusses efforts to assure some level of continuity of care related to the announcement to suspend on-campus care at Gorse.
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Welcome to the Spring 2021 Semester

President Stephens shares a message for the new semester.
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The Siege of the United States Capitol

President Stephens shares a message of hope in light of this attack on democracy.
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Stronger together

President Sonya Stephens celebrates the resilience of our community and the promise of a new year with this message.
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Progress on the Mount Holyoke anti-racism act

A December 2020 progress report on the anti-racism action plan made during the fall semester.
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A message about the presidential election

President Stephens addresses the Mount Holyoke community in the face of an uncertain outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
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Preliminary information on spring 2021

President Stephens provides preliminary information about Mount Holyoke College’s plan for spring 2021.
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Incident at Wellesley College

President Stephens expresses our support of the Jewish community after a symbol resembling a swastika was found on the Wellesley campus.
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Opposing all forms of prejudice & oppression

Information and commitments addressing all forms of oppression in our community.
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Update on the College’s financial situation

An update on Mount Holyoke’s financial situation and identifying permanent, structural changes.
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Convocation 2020 Welcome Address

President Stephens acknowledges the difference in Convocation this year, but invites students to engage creatively and see oppoortunities for the future.
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Affirming our core values and campus safety

President Stephens affirms the College’s commitment to core values, freedom of expression and the safety and wellbeing of all members of our community.
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Resources for caregivers

Mount Holyoke College is identifying ways to support the needs of caregivers in our community and have taken preliminary steps to provide resources.
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Mount Holyoke’s anti-racism action plan

The College worked through the summer of 2020 to develop an action plan to begin the vital work building an anti-racist Mount Holyoke.