Your generosity during this uncertain and difficult year has been essential. During the 2019–2020 fiscal year, 9,670 alums, family members, friends, faculty, staff and students made gifts and pledges to Mount Holyoke totaling $30.7 million. 30% of alumnae (8,793) gave back to Mount Holyoke, and $8.86 million was raised for The Mount Holyoke Fund to meet the College’s immediate needs, including $346,544 for the Emergency Student Relief Fund to support students during this unprecedented crisis.
Thank you to the 901 alumnae, faculty, staff, students, family and friends who made gifts to The Mount Holyoke Fund for the Commencement Challenge totaling $205,031, all in honor of the class of 2020. At the same time, our generous community members also shared countless messages of support and congratulations with our graduating blue lions! Inspired by the outpouring of love from this challenge and by the powerful way that our community has come together in recent months, a group of anonymous alumnae have given an additional $100,000 to Mount Holyoke and $2,020 to The Senior Campaign.
Each year the senior class works together to leave behind its legacy, in the form of The Senior Campaign. This provides an opportunity for the class to work together towards a shared goal and a chance for new or established leaders to come up with creative ideas for ways to engage classmates. Led by Head Class Agents (HCAs), with the support of the Class Board, The Senior Campaign allows the class to join forces for the first time with the thousands of alums who paved the way before them.
At Mount Holyoke, this week would normally be the time when underclass students would be traveling home for the summer, alums in reunion classes would be packing their Laurel Parade ensembles and the seniors’ calendars would be packed with celebrations leading into Commencement.
During the 2018–2019 fiscal year, 9,591 alumnae, family members, friends and students made gifts to Mount Holyoke totaling $28.6 million. 8,943 alumnae gave back to Mount Holyoke, and $8.06 million was raised for The Mount Holyoke Fund to meet the College’s immediate needs. These investments in Mount Holyoke help empower students to find their voices, become leaders and inspire others. Your generosity is paramount to the Mount Holyoke experience. Thank you for ensuring that Mount Holyoke forever shall be.
During the 2017-2018 fiscal year, 9,908 alumnae, family members, friends and students made gifts to Mount Holyoke totaling $37.8 million. 32.1% of alumnae (9,187) gave back to Mount Holyoke, and $8.59 million was raised for The Mount Holyoke Fund to meet the College’s immediate needs. These investments in Mount Holyoke pave the way for current students, empowering them to become agents of change — globally competent, environmentally responsible, ready to lead. Thank you for sustaining Mount Holyoke’s legacy of generosity. Because of you, Mount Holyoke forever shall be.
Did you receive a phone call from 413-538-2000 last year? Most alums know that when the MHC number comes up, there is an enthusiastic student on the other line looking forward to connecting! Perhaps you shared your favorite memories from your time on campus, or maybe they talked about their classes and their favorite M&Cs... but who are they?
Happy Mountain Day to students, faculty, staff, and alumnae! Today marks the 178th Mountain Day in MHC’s history, one of our oldest and most beloved traditions which goes back to 1838. As an alumna from the class of 2007, a Pioneer Valley local, and a staff member in the College's Office of Advancement, Mountain Day has always been a very important day for me. I have made it a point to climb Skinner every year that I possibly could, and made it 11 out of the past 13 years (only missing it when I was away at grad school and stuck in back-to-back classes for 9 hours). Now that my class is approaching our 10th reunion(!), I have been thinking about the important role traditions played in making MHC feel like “MoHome," and in keeping me connected to our incredible community.
The fall semester has now begun and the campus is buzzing with activity once again! Elana Tsogt-Erdene '17 is happy to be back and took a moment to share her favorite things about MHC:
What's the greatest lesson you learned so far at MHC? Life is always better when you love and support your fellow women. The culture of kindness and the total commitment to bettering our communities, our environment, and our world that exist at Mount Holyoke is extraordinary. I especially love our communal dedication to our individual passions and the ways in which we continually inspire, encourage, and nurture each other.
Women being kind to women is a radical thing and Mount Holyoke has always been ahead of the curve on that front.