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This is a side-by-side image. On the left, rainbow-colored block letters read, "Diverse, Inclusive, Accepting, Welcoming Safe Space For Everyone. We stand together." On the right, a hand holds a lavender tassel, lavender sprig and a rainbow flag.

Lavender Ceremony for the Class of 2022

Mount Holyoke College’s LGBTQ+ students from the Class of 2022 were honored during Senior Week. 

Helen Drinan ’69, Anita F. Hill and Lynn Pasquerella ’80 are three vanguards who challenge restrictive social norms around gender.

Mount Holyoke to hold 2020 Commencement

Mount Holyoke College will hold its 2020 Commencement on May 29, 2022 and has announced the speakers for the celebration. 

A map of Springfield, Mass. homes in receivership, as plotted by Mount Holyoke College students and staff.

Deconstructing a problematic housing program

Data collected by Mount Holyoke students has shown a major policy flaw in a program originally meant to fight housing blight.

Charu Sharma in a field, on a sunny day, with long hair and smiling into the camera

Beyond her bubble

Charu Sharma ’14 credits her education at Mount Holyoke for lifting her to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list for 2022. 

Lydia Cheah ’20 took the Theory of Computation class at Mount Holyoke. She subsequently created videos as an independent study. Initially meant to support Mount Holyoke students, now the videos have thousands of views on YouTube.

Shifting climate in tech

Spurred by the mentoring of Mount Holyoke professors, Lydia Cheah ’20 has found herself leading the way to reshape the computer science career track. 

Bweinofa-Petrozzello ’94 is the president of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and is the first woman of color to hold that role in an industry where less than 2% of CPAs are Black.

Accountable to accountancy

Mount Holyoke alum Rumbi Bweinofa-Petrozzello ’94 is the president of the New York State Society of CPAs and the first woman of color to hold that role. 

Nancy Welker smiling into the camera, wearing a blazer, a turtleneck and a large green necklace

Nancy Welker ’63 on her 55 years in physics

Nancy Welker ’63 credits her pioneering success in a male-dominated science field to her time studying at Mount Holyoke College.  

Chloé Zhao ’05 accepting her Academy Award for “Best Director.”

Chloé Zhao ’05 wins at the Academy Awards

Chloé Zhao ’05 has made history with her wins at the 93rd Academy Awards, held April 26, 2021. 

Thaenpaavai Kannan ’17

Taking one year of Arabic at MHC translated to rewarding work experience

When I walked through the gates of MHC as a 17 year old, I never would have imagined that I’d be working my dream job as an Assessment officer with an Emergency Team of a humanitarian organization in Jordan just 7 years later.

Alexya Lee smiling into the camera, her chin propped up on her hand

Bringing the past into the future

Mount Holyoke sophomore Alexya Lee was honored by the Girl Scouts for researching the lives of enslaved people on a school property in Tyngsboro, Mass.

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