2017 at Holy Cross: A Year in Review

Holy Cross named two vice presidents; produced 14 Fulbright scholars; received $800K Mellon Grant, and much more

At Holy Cross, each year is marked by new accomplishments and milestones, and this year was no different.

Here are some of the most notable from 2017.


Biology Professor Wins $780K NSF Award for Genetics Research

Geoffrey Findlay, assistant professor of biology, was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award, the NSF’s most prestigious award in support of junior faculty, for the amount of $780,902. Read more >>


Activist Shaun King Offers Keynote for Black History Month

“Decide to be the change,” the social justice activist said before more than 500 students in the Hogan Ballroom. Read more >>

Holy Cross Names Vice President for Communications

Dan Kim was named vice president for communications, a newly created vice president role at Holy Cross. Read more >>

‘I LOVE HC’ Fundraising Challenge a Record-Breaking Success

The 24-hour fundraising challenge mobilized 6,100 donors in the Holy Cross community, raising $1.8 million in a single day. Read more >>


Eleven Holy Cross Faculty Members Receive Tenure

These members of the Holy Cross faculty were promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure. Read more >>

Travel + Leisure Names Holy Cross Most Beautiful College in Massachusetts

In celebration of the substantial acknowledgment, check out 10 of our favorite photos of Holy Cross. Read more >>

Holy Cross Hosts First Women in Science Day

More than 200 high school and college-aged women attended the day-long event designed to celebrate women in the sciences and empower the attendees to pursue education and professions in the STEM fields. Read more >>


New Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Named

Michele C. Murray was named the new vice president for student affairs and dean of students, succeeding Jacqueline D. Peterson who retired after serving the College for 20 years. Read more >>


Holy Cross Produces Fourteen Fulbright Scholars

Thirteen members of the Class of 2017 and one member of the Class of 2016 were awarded Fulbright grants to teach and conduct research around the world. Read more >>

Digital Transgender Archive Receives $150K Grant

K.J. Rawson, assistant professor of English, received an American Council of Learned Societies Digital Extension Grant to continue his work on the world’s first online collection of transgender-related historical materials. Read more >>

Class of 2017: Last Thoughts From the Hill

As the members of the Class of 2017 prepared to graduate, they took a moment to think back on their time at the College. Read more >>

667 Bachelor of Arts Degrees Awarded at Commencement

Dr. James J. O’Connell, president and founding physician of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) addressed the new graduates at the DCU Center in Worcester. Read more >>


Video: Take a Look Inside the New Joyce Contemplative Center

Explore the Thomas P. Joyce ’59 Contemplative Center in West Boylston, Mass., the new home of the College’s well-established retreat programs. Read more >>


Data: New Report Shows Success of Class of 2016 Graduates

What can you do with a liberal arts degree from Holy Cross? According to a report compiled by the Center for Career Development at Holy Cross on the Class of 2016, the answer is: whatever you want. Read more >>

Holy Cross Fund Surpasses $10 Million for First Time in History

Holy Cross broke fundraising records in almost every category during the 2016-17 fiscal year, underscoring the community’s deep affection for the College and unwavering commitment to its priorities. Read more >>

Holy Cross Unveils Drawings for New Center for Arts and Creativity

The building is an initiative of the College's $400 million Become More Campaign. Read more >>


107 Holy Cross Students Conduct Original Research Over Summer

Projects ranged from the survey of eastern hemlocks across New England to the composition of a digital score for a silent Charlie Chaplin film. Read more >>

Photos, Video: Class of 2021 Receives a Holy Cross Welcome

Bright and early on Aug. 26, the 819 members of the Class of 2021 arrived on Mount St. James, ready to kick off their four years at Holy Cross. Read more >>


Ann Dowd ’78 Wins Emmy Award for ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Ann Dowd ’78, P20 won the award for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series for her work in “The Handmaid’s Tale” at the 69th annual Emmy Awards on Sept. 17. Read more >>

Video: BANDALOOP Brings Vertical Dance to Holy Cross

Crowds gathered to see troupe’s unique, gravity-defying performance on the façade of the Hogan Campus Center. Read more >>

Bon Appétit: Holy Cross on List of ‘7 Healthiest College Dining Halls in the Country’

Bon Appétit, the widely circulated American food and entertainment magazine, featured Holy Cross at No. 5 on its list of healthy college eateries. Read more >>


Silkroad Ensemble Launches Three-Year Residency at Holy Cross

Holy Cross has partnered with the Grammy award-winning ensemble to engage students and faculty in creating unexpected connections through the arts. Read more >>

Holy Cross Welcomes Ten New Tenure-Track Faculty Members

The accomplished scholars are bringing their expertise to six departments and all students across campus. Read more >>


Holy Cross Receives $800,000 from Mellon Foundation

The grant, equal to the largest from Mellon in College history, will support community-based research projects in Worcester. Read more >>

Holy Cross Ranked a National Leader for Student-Athletes Graduation Success Rate

With a Graduation Success Rate of 97 percent, Holy Cross ties 14th-best in the nation out of 351 Division I schools, according to the NCAA. Read more >>


Holy Cross Ranks First in Long-Term Study Abroad Participation

Yet again, Holy Cross has been ranked No. 1 among baccalaureate institutions in the United States for long-term study abroad participation. Read more >>

Holy Cross Names Bob Chesney Head Football Coach

Chesney, who has posted a winning record in each of his 8 seasons as a collegiate head coach, became the 28th head coach in the history of the program. Read more >>

Video: 12 Days of a Holy Cross Christmas

Holy Cross celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with a Holy Cross spin on a Christmas classic. Read more >>