Bread and Roses: the origins of a Mount Holyoke tradition

By Rachel Nix ’20 on May 18, 2019 at 6:01 AM

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?

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“Be brave. Walk together. Disrupt this place with me.” —Global health leader Joia Mukherjee addresses the class of 2016

By MHC Advancement on May 17, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Joia Mukherjee, chief medical officer for Partners in Health, delivered the Commencement Address on May 15 in Gettel Amphitheatre.

More than 600 graduates and certificate recipients celebrated Mount Holyoke's 179th Commencement this past weekend. Gettel Amphitheatre filled with exuberant cheers as they listened to the inspirational words of Joia Mukherjee, chief medical officer for Partners in Health, who challenged the class to "disrupt this place with me."

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"Mount Holyoke has prepared you, not just well, but extraordinarily well, for the careers you will launch, for the further learning you will seek, and for the lives you want to live." -- Carol Geary S

By MHC Advancement on May 18, 2015 at 11:25 AM

National education advocate Carol Geary Schneider ’67 told the Mount Holyoke College class of 2015 on Sunday, May 17, that the critical thinking, hands-on learning, and real-world experience they have gained through their college education will prepare them for meaningful engagement in an ever-changing world.

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Giving thanks on the eve of graduation.

By MHC Advancement on May 8, 2015 at 12:38 PM

In an education, sometimes it is not just the answers that matter; it is also the questions. When I reflect on my Mount Holyoke experience, there are three questions that seem most prominent: the “Will you?” the “Why?” and the questions we cannot form.

We begin our Mount Holyoke experience with a “Will you?” The College asks us, “Will you come here?" And we say yes. Once we arrive on campus, we realize that the “Will yous?” do not cease.

One of the most formative experiences of my Mount Holyoke education has been working for the Mount Holyoke News as a news section editor. This opportunity changed my life. In this position, I have worked with and met people, people who have fascinating stories, viewpoints, and ideas. I have grown as a writer and as a person, feeling more confident not only in crafting and editing news articles but also in my ability to take on challenging new projects in other aspects of my life.

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"The education you get at Mount Holyoke is unique and unparalleled, and you will grow into a true leader." --Priyanka Krishnamoorthy ’15

By MHC Advancement on May 7, 2015 at 11:35 AM

"My Mount Holyoke education helped me recognize and challenge sexism and gender discrimination, to work to change the culture in finance."

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Shoba Narayan MHCG'87: "An all-women's college changed my life"

By MHC Advancement on December 1, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Author Shoba Narayan recently wrote in The National:

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