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This is a portrait of Jesmyn Ward, editor of The Fire This Time.

Common Read announced: “The Fire This Time”

Mount Holyoke’s 2021 Common Read,  “The Fire This Time,” is a collection of “thoughtful, searing, and, at times, hopeful” essays and poems about race.

Crafting a Life in the Arts in rainbow colored letters.

Crafting a full life in the arts

Mount Holyoke’s event Crafting a Life in the Arts shows students that the COVID-19 pandemic shouldn’t deter a sustaining life in the arts. 

A view from a mountain with people scattered in small groups below.

A Mountain Day like no other

Mount Holyoke’s tradition of Mountain Day goes back to 1838, but 2020 was different from any other, as the community celebrated online across the globe.

Students enjoying ice cream on Founder's Day, posing with a cardboard cutout of founder Mary Lyon

Founder’s Day: the legacy lives

On Founder’s Day, Mount Holyoke College raises a spoon to the bravery and vision of its founder, Mary Lyon.

Two students enjoying their first M&Cs during orientation

Inside the M&Cs shift

Shanze Hasan ’21 talks about how she discovered M&Cs and took a student job in Dining Services working the shift

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

Class of 2020 commencement speakers announced

Mount Holyoke has announced the speakers that will address the class of 2020 for its 183rd Commencement, which will be held in person at a future date. 

Sarah Day ’22, left, and Meaghan Ging ’22 enjoy the Founder’s Day festivities.

Celebrating history with an eye to the future

Staff and students gather to commemorate Mount Holyoke founder Mary Lyon with ice cream, hot chocolate and gratitude for her vision.

Mountain Day is a venerated tradition at Mount Holyoke College and community members celebrated atop Mount Holyoke.

Mountain Day 2019

Mount Holyoke College’s annual Mountain Day was held on October 1, 2019. 

A sea of students in their brilliant class colors of yellow, red, green, blue and purple, celebrating convocation outside in the amphitheater.

A shining kick-off to the new year

Convocation marks the official beginning of the 2019–2020 academic year for 2,199 Mount Holyoke students, including 507 incoming first-years.

The class of 2019 at the Laurel Parade

The Laurel Parade of 2019

The Mount Holyoke College class of 2019 participated in the Laurel Parade, a beloved tradition over a century old.

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