2019 Class-Color Cup Results

By MHC Advancement on March 4, 2019 at 4:06 PM

What an incredible two days! Our second Class-Color Cup and Purple Phoenix Challenges were a huge success!

Thank you for a truly impressive outpouring of support for Mount Holyoke and our community. In just over 48 hours, 2,954 alumnae gave $390,365 to The Mount Holyoke Fund.*

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Purple Phoenixes: a phenomenal force

By Rachel Nix ’20 on March 1, 2019 at 5:54 PM

The Mount Holyoke College Frances Perkins (FP) Program was founded in 1980, rooted in the belief that a college education should be accessible to everyone and that the quest for knowledge has no age limit. Following in the footsteps of colleges like Wellesley and Smith, MHC’s Frances Perkins program offers a pathway for education to students of non-traditional age who have not yet earned an undergraduate degree but have the desire to do so.

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Colors that spark new traditions

By Rachel Nix ’20 on March 1, 2019 at 12:35 PM

Without thinking, Mount Holyoke students know which side of staircase to climb in the library atrium. This ritual, motivated by the superstition that you must take the stairs on the side of your class animal or risk graduating, is largely thanks to the majestic class flags that are suspended above both sets of stairs. Green Griffins and Blue Lions take the left staircases, while Red Pegasi and Yellow Sphinxes take the right.

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Colors in the Crafternoon

By Emily Isakson ’19 on February 26, 2019 at 2:19 PM

During the academic year, the Mount Holyoke Archives & Special Collections (ASC) regularly hosts Crafternoons — events where members of the campus community can take a break from their daily work, make new friends, learn new skills and explore their creativity. At Crafternoon, students are able to make historically-inspired crafts like hand-bound books, silhouette necklaces and feminist finger puppets.

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Cataloging colorful memories

By Rachel Nix ’20 on February 25, 2019 at 4:42 PM

Mount Holyoke’s yearbook, the Llamarada, was first published in 1895 for the class of 1896. In the years following, it served as a colorful collection of memories and senior portraits but was ultimately discontinued in 2010 due to budget constraints and low student interest. The yearbook was revived for one year in 2016 to commemorate the 120th anniversary of its first publication, but since then has remained out of print.

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Colorful signs of class creativity

By Rachel Nix ’20 on February 22, 2019 at 1:54 PM

Reunion at Mount Holyoke is a highly anticipated event, and the alumnae that attend each May experience the magic of reconnecting with their classmates as they return to their beloved alma mater. The alumnae parade is a heartwarming tradition that binds together the various classes in a colorful display of class pride.

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Color creates community at Convocation

By Rachel Nix ’20 on February 19, 2019 at 4:27 PM

Convocation, the grand celebration that marks the beginning of a new school year, serves as a beloved tradition at Mount Holyoke. Each fall semester, on the day before classes start, students march into the amphitheater outfitted in their most creative outfits to highlight their class colors.

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2018 Class Color Cup Results

By MHC Advancement on March 12, 2018 at 2:49 PM

Thank you to everyone who participated in the MHC Class Color Cup challenge this February! This was the most successful FebruMary participation challenge to date! In this short month, 3,650 donors raised $577,843 for The Mount Holyoke Fund.  See the infographic below to see your impact and the winning classes as well a a full breakdown of the MHC Class Color Cup results.  Congratulations to everyone for showing the power of the MHC community when we come together!


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Happy 221st Birthday, Mary Lyon!

By MHC Advancement on February 27, 2018 at 4:27 PM

Mount Holyoke's founder, Mary Lyon, was born on February 28, 1797 in Buckland, Massachusetts. In founding the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in 1837, Mary Lyon gave generations of women — and the world — a gift. Mary Lyon knew that women can accomplish great things when provided a rigorous education and a chance to find their voice. Now, 180 years later, Mount Holyoke students and alumnae continue to follow in her footsteps and change the world.

Mary Lyon's story resonates deeply with many in our community. Mary had an insatiable thirst for knowledge, but growing up as a young woman with modest means, she struggled to find adequate educational opportunities. She started teaching at the age of 17, and over the next 20 years became recognized as an authority on the education of women. Mary worked hard to expand academic opportunities for young women like her who came from modest means, and in 1834 decided to found an institution of higher education for women. Over the next three years Mary traveled from door to door engaging with members of her community, sharing her vision for what women can achieve when given a rigorous, challenging education, and inspiring them to invest in her bold vision. After receiving much needed support, she was able to open the seminary doors to the first class of trailblazers, who paved the way for the thousands of alumnae who followed in their footsteps. 

All are welcome to join us for a celebration of our founder and the Mount Holyoke community on Wednesday, February 28 from 3-5 p.m. The celebration will be held in Archives and Special Collections, located in the basement of Dwight Hall. The festivities will include cake, coloring contests, button making, selfies with Mary Lyon, and a curated look at some incredible artifacts from Mount Holyoke's archives.   

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Show Your Class Pride

By MHC Advancement on February 27, 2018 at 3:03 PM

This short month has been filled with excitement as we launched our inaugural MHC Class Color Cup, where classes had just three days to show who had the most class pride. With 3,164 donors giving $411,367 to The Mount Holyoke Fund in support of MHC and our community, this challenge was a huge success!

It was wonderful to see Yellow Sphinxes, Red Pegasi, Green Griffins, Blue Lions and Purple Phoenixes from all class years show their incredible class pride as we worked together to support our alma mater. In honor of the Class Color Cup, we wanted to share some of our favorite photos of the Mount Holyoke community. 

Do you have a photo that can top these? Please send us your favorite photos of you decked out in your class colors with us!

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