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Students cheered in support of their classmates, waved pom-poms, performed the wave and dressed in their class colors. Seniors wore regalia topped with red hats, berets and boas in honor of the red pegasi.

A welcome return to an in-person Convocation

Cheers rang out across the Mount Holyoke College campus during the first in-person Convocation since the beginning of the pandemic. 

This is a digital banner that reads, "Welcome Class of 2024!" It is overlaid on a photograph of a past convocation with students in bright colors gathered for the ceremony.

MHC’s first virtual convocation

The College’s first virtual Convocation centered the lifelong relationships, connections, and joy and resilience of the Mount Holyoke community.

Yellow sphinxes, Convocation 2019

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Cory Mahlstedt ’20 discusses fitting in at Mount Holyoke.


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.

MHC Class of 2019

Convocation 2018: Remarks and Videos

Relive the excitement of the annual ceremony. Watch the videos.

Frances Perkins scholars in their signature purple garb celebrating the start of the academic year during the Convocation ceremony

Convocation celebration 2017

Cheers, music and a festive celebration for Mount Holyoke’s newest and returning community members at the start of the academic year.

A banner welcomes new students to Orientation.

Welcome, Mount Holyoke class of 2021!

Mount Holyoke’s newest students are welcomed to the community through Orientation: four packed days of fun, community-building and celebration.

Professor James Hartley Singing Can't Stop the Feeling

Convocation 2016: Can’t Stop the Feelin’

With cheers and roars, the Mount Holyoke College community officially rang in a new academic year under an overcast sky, with sunshine in their pockets.