List of Mount Holyoke College people

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The following is a list of individuals associated with Mount Holyoke College through attending as a student, or serving as a member of the faculty or staff.

Notable alumnae[edit]

Academics and scientists[edit]

Activists[edit]

Actresses, musicians, dancers and performers[edit]

Artists[edit]

  • Esther Howland, 1847 - artist noted for her role in popularizing St. Valentine's Day cards
  • Minerva J. Chapman, 1880 - painter
  • Jane Hammond, 1972 - artist
  • Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, did not graduate - documentary photographer; attended classes at Springfield Colleges as part of the Massachusetts Migrant Education summer program, where he was offered his first courses in photography.
  • Donna Keiko Ozawa, 1981 - artist, sculptor; received MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1997).
  • Haniya Aslam, artist, jazz singer from Pakistan.

Athletes[edit]

Businesswomen[edit]

College presidents[edit]

Computer scientists and graphic designers[edit]

Doctors, nurses, psychologists, and psychiatrists[edit]

Filmmakers, broadcast presidents, and producers[edit]

Journalists[edit]

Judges[edit]

Politicians and family[edit]

Writers[edit]

Other Public Figures[edit]

Notable faculty, past and present[edit]

Artists[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Authors, actors, poets, and playwrights[edit]

Education[edit]

Historians[edit]

Humanities[edit]

Politics[edit]

Sciences and social sciences[edit]

Actors[edit]

  • Michael Burns - Moondoggie in Gidget Gets Married, 1972 <imdb.com>

Presidents[edit]

A number of individuals have acted as head of Mount Holyoke. Until 1888, the term principal was used. From 1888 to the present, the term president has been used.[3]

Acting and Interim Presidents[edit]

  • Beverly Daniel Tatum, served as Acting President for part of 2002 while President Creighton was on leave.
  • Peter Berek, served as interim president in Fall 1995.
  • Joseph Ellis, served as Acting President for part of 1984 while President Kennan was on leave.
  • Meribeth E. Cameron, served as Acting President for part of 1954 while President Ham was on leave and for part of 1966 while President Gettell was on leave.

Commencement speakers[edit]

The following is a list of Mount Holyoke College Commencement Speakers by year.[4]

Date Name Speeches and links
2012 Azar Nafisi [5]
2011 Martha Nussbaum [6]
2010 Gail Collins [7]
2009 Mary McAleese [8]
2008 Carol Gilligan [9]
2007 Wendy Kopp [10]
2006 Joyce Carol Oates [11][12]
2005 Nina Totenberg [13]
2004 Kim Campbell [14]
2003 Judy Blume [15][16]
2002 Queen Noor of Jordan [17]
2001 Suzan-Lori Parks ’85 [18]
2000 Mary Patterson McPherson [19]
1999 Anna Quindlen [20]
1998 Johnnetta B. Cole [21]
1997 Madeleine Albright [22]
1996 Donna Shalala [23]
1995 Ann Richards [24]
1994 Nita Lowey ’59 [25]
1993 Judith Kurland ’67 [25]
1992 Pat Schroeder [25]
1991 Evelyn Fox Keller [25]
1990 Wendy Wasserstein ’71 [26] (quotes)
1989 Glenn Close [27] (quotes)
1988 Joseph Brodsky [25]
1987 Maya Angelou [28][29]
1984 Barbara B. Kennelly [30]
1981 Shirley Chisholm [31]
1976 Lillian Hellman [32]
1975 Ella T. Grasso '40 [33]
1965 James R. Killian, Jr.
1963 U Thant[33] [33]
1912 The Rev. Edward F. Sanderson [34]
1899 William McKinley [35]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "The Joffery Ballet" by Sasha Anawalt
  2. ^ Voight, Sandye (September 22, 2005). "Character reference; Costumed performers bring history forward at Linwood walk". Telegraph Herald. 
  3. ^ Principals & Presidents (1837-)
  4. ^ Commencement Speakers by Year
  5. ^ Azar Nafisi to Give 175th Commencement Address
  6. ^ Martha Nussbaum to Give MHC Commencement Address
  7. ^ Columnist to deliver Mount Holyoke College graduation address
  8. ^ McAleese to MHC Grads: "The World Needs You"
  9. ^ Carol Gilligan Commencement Speech
  10. ^ Wendy Kopp Commencement Speech
  11. ^ Joyce Carol Oates Commencement Speech
  12. ^ Boston Globe article
  13. ^ Nina Totenberg Commencement Speech
  14. ^ Kim Campbell Commencement Speech
  15. ^ Judy Blume Commencement Speech
  16. ^ Photo from Judy Blume's official website
  17. ^ Queen Noor of Jordan Commencement Speech
  18. ^ Suzan-Lori Parks Commencement Speech
  19. ^ Mary Patterson McPherson Commencement Speech
  20. ^ Anna Quindlen Commencement Speech
  21. ^ Johnnetta B. Cole Commencement Speech
  22. ^ Madeleine Albright Commencement Speech
  23. ^ Donna Shalala Commencement Speech
  24. ^ Ann Richards Commencement Speech
  25. ^ a b c d e "List of commencement speakers 1987-1997". Mount Holyoke College. Retrieved 2008-05-28. 
  26. ^ Wendy Wasserstein Commencement Speech
  27. ^ Glenn Close Commencement Speech
  28. ^ "Commencements; Mount Holyoke". The New York Times. May 25, 1987. Retrieved 2007-10-12. 
  29. ^ "At Mount Holyoke:Angelou tells seniors to reflect on their education". Daily Hampshire Gazette. May 26, 1987. 
  30. ^ Political Action Urged
  31. ^ Commencement Address, the Genre
  32. ^ Lillian Hellman papers with draft of Mount Holyoke commencement speech
  33. ^ a b c The Education of Ella Grasso
  34. ^ "Mount Holyoke Graduates; The College Celebrates Its Seventyfifth Commencement.". The New York Times. June 16, 1912. 
  35. ^ "President Gives Diplomas; Mount Holyoke College Confers a Degree Upon Him. The First Man So Honored Speech to the Graduating Class, Among Whom Was His Niece -- The President's Trip.". The New York Times. June 21, 1899.