The last two weekends in May marked a special time at Mount Holyoke. As we celebrated the accomplishments of our senior class, we also welcomed more than 1,500 alumnae back to campus for Reunion. This year, classes ending in 4s and 9s, as well as the class of 2017, returned MoHome to usher in the class of 2019 as our newest alumnae and create new memories with old friends. Take a look at these fantastic highlight reels from the Alumnae Association for Reunion I and Reunion II. Were any of your favorite moments captured?
This morning, as part of Commencement weekend, graduating seniors and alumnae will sing “Bread and Roses” at the conclusion of the Laurel Parade — a ceremony in which the graduates, donned in white, process across campus linked by two 275-yard laurel chains to the grave of Mary Lyon. But did you know that both the song and the attire that are such integral parts of the tradition are tributes to the women labor activists and suffragists of the early 20th century?
Commencement and Reunion are two traditions that work hand in hand to define a student's experience. As a graduating senior, you eagerly anticipate the moment when you and your classmates carry the chains of laurel towards Mary Lyon’s grave surrounded by the smiling faces and cheers of encouragement from alumnae spanning the generations. As an alumna returning for Reunion, you can’t wait to enthusiastically help welcome the newest class of alumnae into the fold. For many years, the Laurel Chain Ceremony served as this first point of connection, but in 2011, a new tradition was formed that has quickly become a cornerstone of the Commencement/Reunion event.