A photo of Hortense Parker and several classmates. Parker is looking off to the right of the camera.

Celebrating Hortense Parker

2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the Hortense Parker Celebration on campus. Hortense Parker, class of 1883, is the first known student of color to graduate from Mount Holyoke. She was born in 1859 to Miranda Boulden Parker and John Parker, a noted abolitionist and…... » Read more

“Mount Holyoke Afire” explores what was lost — and saved — in three campus fires

A WINTER EXHIBITION in Hinchcliff Reception Hall at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum examined three devastating blazes that had a significant impact on the College. The exhibition reconstructed what daily life was like in campus buildings and contextualized what was lost during three fires…... » Read more

Mount Holyoke’s Torrey Hall named after the mother of a U.S. president

In the fall of 1843, Louisa Maria Torrey, class of 1845, of Millbury, Massachusetts, stepped through Mount Holyoke's gates, suitcases in tow and head filled with ideas of being a teacher or a writer. Looking around, she was amazed by the turnout of students eager…... » Read more

Incoming students enjoy a Mount Holyoke movie tradition: Watching “Dirty Dancing” under the stars

On Friday, August 31, 2018, after officially arriving on campus for their first year at Mount Holyoke, the class of 2022 gathered in Gettell Amphitheater to watch the movie “Dirty Dancing,” many for the first time. Many upper-class students — some returning to campus early…... » Read more