My first Mountain Day as acting president was nothing short of a thrill. It was a wonderful day to hike. The leaves were just turning. And there were loads of students and faculty at the summit, taking in the great views of the river.
Welcome to a new academic year at Mount Holyoke College—marked by the spirited tradition of Convocation. There is much to celebrate today, and every day, in this dynamic community of students, faculty, and staff. At my first Convocation as acting president, I am honored to kick off the semester alongside you and amid a host of exciting changes happening all around us on campus.
“It is a real privilege to be serving Mount Holyoke in a new way.”
–Acting President Sonya Stephens
“I like the energy in the house—and there’s so much to look forward to.”
–House Manager Brenda Adams
As I step into the position of acting president, I am more reflective than usual about the long history of the College and symbolism of the threshold. In the early days of Mount Holyoke, when one student, arriving at the new seminary, found no steps leading up to the entrance, she walked around to the back of the building, where Mary Lyon greeted her with the words: “Come right up the stairs. You have come to help us.” And there is something still important today about that sense of collective endeavor.