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College’s Fiscal Year Closes with Record-breaking Engagement, Success

Annual giving reached the highest total in Holy Cross history this year with $65.9 million, and thousands of alumni engaged with the College digitally

The Holy Cross community once again demonstrated its dedication to the College’s mission by setting new records for giving and alumni and parent engagement during the 2021 fiscal year.

Fr. Tim O’Brien ’06 Named Incoming Director of Mission Initiatives

Fr. O'Brien reflects on his time at Holy Cross as he returns to spread the mission he loves

For Rev. Timothy (“Tim”) O’Brien, S.J., ’06, frequent zip code changes have become the norm as part of his Jesuit vocation and scholarly pursuits. But his most recent move — one that brings him back to Mount St. James to …

Yolanda Rabun ’90 Is Not Done Yet

Rabun blazed a path across Mount St. James with big plans that are still unfolding more than 30 years later

It was the first football game of the 1986 season, Holy Cross versus Lehigh — a season that would culminate in a Patriot League championship for the Crusaders.

Holy Cross Alumnus and Genealogy Enthusiast Honors Local Veterans

Paul Brueggemann ’84 has turned his hobby into a service for others

As a longtime genealogy enthusiast, Paul Brueggemann ’84 is always looking for his next research project. Last spring, long days at home amidst the pandemic inspired him to tackle something he’d been thinking about for years. He and his wife, …

Holy Cross Bestows 2021 Sanctae Crucis Awards

The awards recognized seven Crusaders who made a difference during the pandemic

When asked about their 2021 Sanctae Crucis Award ahead of the virtual celebration on May 4, 2021, each honoree offered a variation of the above. In every interview, they expressed surprise and humility, citing the family, friends, colleagues and fellow …

Longtime Director of Admission Ann McDermott ’79 Reflects on the Evolution of Admission at Holy Cross

As she prepares to depart the College following decades overseeing admission, McDermott shares her unique perspective on how admission at Holy Cross has changed—and what has stayed the same

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After more than 30 years devoted to admission at the College, Ann McDermott ’79 has announced her departure as director of admission, a position she’s held since 1994. During her tenure, McDermott has admitted more than 20,000 Crusaders and spearheaded …

Music Class and Web Series Help First-Year Students Immerse Themselves in Worcester’s Hip-Hop Culture

The Boston Globe

First-year students at Holy Cross have immersed themselves in Worcester’s hip-hop culture through Professor Megan Ross‘ hip-hop education class “Hip-Hop & the Community” and the “Hip-Hop With the Woo Crew” web series, The Boston Globe reports in a recent article. …

Holy Cross Celebrates Class of 2020 in a Virtual Convocation

The young alumni worldwide observed the traditional academic convocation one year post-graduation

Graduates of the Class of 2020 gathered virtually from across the country and around the world on May 22 to celebrate their academic convocation and recognize their class’s honorary degree recipients. The event, which marked one year since their mid-pandemic …

2021 Sanctae Crucis Recipients Honored for Leadership During Pandemic

The seven recipients from medical, research and nonprofit industries demonstrated leadership in their communities during an unprecedented time

On Tuesday, May 4, 2021, the College of the Holy Cross will present seven alumni with Sanctae Crucis Awards for their extraordinary commitment and leadership in critical fields throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The Sanctae Crucis Award is the highest non-degree …

Billy Collins ’63 (U.S. Poet Laureate, 2001-2003) Endows Classics Scholarship at the College of the Holy Cross

Gift to support students committed to classical studies

The College of the Holy Cross is pleased to announce the creation of the Billy Collins ’63 Scholarship for Studies in Classics, the result of a $250,000 gift in honor of the former United States Poet Laureate and graduate of …

“The Power of Purple” Drives Record Day of Giving

Focus on hope galvanizes community in support of student experience, access

In just 24 hours on April 16, a total of 4,706 alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends donated a record $1,448,529 on the College’s sixth annual day of giving. With matching dollars from anonymous donors, the total raised for …

Center for Career Development Focuses on the Lifelong Value of a Holy Cross Education

The College's Enduring Value Stems From Combining Jesuit Traditions With a Liberal Arts Approach

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As graduation season approaches for colleges across the country, students are focusing on the next step after commencement — but at the College of the Holy Cross, the “what next” and, more importantly, the “why” have been questions in progress …

Holy Cross Alumni Form Grassroots Anti-Racism Alliance

90+-person group focuses on dialogue, understanding and action

In the wake of George Floyd’s murder last year and ensuing protests against police brutality across the United States, Maria Amendolia ’92 reached out to her classmate Fred Givens. Her intention was clear: She didn’t want Givens, a Black man, …

Alicia Molt-West ’09 Traces Her Path from Mount St. James to the White House

As special assistant to President Joe Biden and House legislative affairs liason, she joins the new administration ready to listen, learn and put people first

Whenever Alicia Molt-West ’09 returned home for the holidays after graduating from Holy Cross, she’d make a breakfast or lunch date with her former history professor and friend, Stephanie Yuhl.

Is Going Test-Optional a Game Changer for College Admissions? Holy Cross Admissions Director Talks About the College’s Bold Decision To Make the Switch In 2005

Worcester Business Journal

Central Massachusetts colleges and universities are increasingly following a national trend of suspending the use of standardized test scores in evaluating applicants, in an effort to diversify their student bodies. What does that mean for applicants? Ann McDermott ’79, director …

Holy Cross Celebrates the Opening of the Joanne Chouinard-Luth Recreation and Wellness Center

State-of-the-art facility to serve as new center for recreation, club and intramural sports, fostering a new era of holistic wellness on The Hill

The College of the Holy Cross on Monday opened its new state-of-the-art recreation and wellness center, the Joanne Chouinard-Luth Recreation and Wellness Center (“The Jo”). The Jo will be home to all club and intramural sports, as well as recreation, …

Holy Cross’ Center for Career Development Positions Students for Success After Graduation

On-demand resources, virtual events and a strong alumni network are just a few of the many assets readily available to students

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“The pandemic has shined a light on how important it is for employees to be agile, flexible and able to problem-solve — which are core skills that students flex all the time at Holy Cross,” says Amy Murphy, director of …

McFarland Center’s ‘Dismantling Structural Racism’ Series Featured on NBC Boston

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Alumnus Ron Lawson ’75, chief operating officer of Care for the Homeless, is one of several prominent Black alumni taking part in a virtual discussion series with the Holy Cross community organized by the McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and …

Holy Cross Alumnus Aids Theatres in Their Darkest Hour

Despite a long career as an actor and director, David Saint's most critical role may be that of benefactor

In spring 1975, theater legend Arthur Laurents received a Tony Award nomination for directing the revival of “Gypsy,” the 1959 classic often referred to as the quintessential Broadway musical. In that same time—and some 200 miles away—David Saint was graduating …

Vanecko Shows the World What It Means to “Fight Like A Girl”

Inspired by her Fulbright experience in South Africa, Mary Kate Vanecko ’17 launches an international girls boxing and leadership development program

Mary Kate Vanecko ’17 first discovered boxing as a way to cross-train while playing varsity lacrosse at Holy Cross. She liked it so much, she joined the boxing club at Trinity College in Dublin while studying abroad junior year. When …