Like the College itself, “Nothing ever seems to be average around here.” So says House Manager Brenda Adams of the President’s House, which was built in 1908 and remains a bustling hub of campus activity, events, visits, and goings-on.
As Mount Holyoke College’s oldest tradition, Mountain Day is clearly doing something right—very right. As it has since it began in 1838, just months after the first students arrived on campus. As it has through evolutions in transportation, attire, rules (think chaperones and special permissions), and best-practices in picnicking.
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Q.What has the power to turn a tranquil grassy amphitheater into a pounding, pulsing epicenter of energy, noise, and spirit? Of “Oooaaah, oooaaah!” and “Twenty-seventeen! Twenty-seventeen!”
A. Convocation. Watch the video!
The energy? Raw and electric.
The bags? Packed—and repacked—with care.
The scene? Equal parts meet-and-greet and homecoming.
MoHome? It comes alive as students from the classes of 2017–2020 converge on campus.
Watch the video to see Acting President Sonya Stephens and Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Marcella Runell Hall out in the thick of it—bearing witness to the arrivals, the wonder, the greetings, the anticipation, and the farewells that define move-in day festivities.