It was a memorable day for hundreds of students who graduated from Mount Holyoke Sunday. Mount Holyoke College celebrated its 181st commencement Sunday.
More than 2,000 people filled the school’s field house for the ceremony. Among those 2,000 was U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who was the keynote speaker and received an honorary degree.
In her speech, Pelosi touched on the importance of women in politics and roles of leadership.
Clemence Lecart, a student from France told 22News what she will miss the most about being a student at Mt. Holyoke, “Everyone here is so open minded and you can have so many different discussions with everyone and this isn’t something I’m going to find when I go back home, so this is definitely something I will miss.”
22News also spoke with Leila Kouakou, who wasn’t sure if Mount Holyoke was for her when she made her first visit, “When I first applied here i was like there is no way i’m going to an all girls school I am Co-ed all the way. Then I came for a visit and I absolutely fell in love, there wasn’t another option this was it.”
About 600 students received diplomas at this year’s commencement ceremony, some are from right here in western Massachusetts, while others are from across the globe.