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Holy Cross Releases ‘Aspire,’ Its Strategic Plan for the Next Decade

Six pillars outline long-term priorities.

The College of the Holy Cross on Feb. 1 released its strategic plan, Aspire: Our Strategic Vision for a Hope-Filled Future, which prioritizes areas for work and growth over the next five to 10 years.

Holy Cross Names Elliott Visconsi ’95 Provost and Dean of the College

The College of the Holy Cross has named Elliott Visconsi, an academic leader and class of 1995 alumnus, as its new provost and dean of the College, following an extensive national search in partnership with Isaacson, Miller.  Starting on July …

‘A Complicated Narrative’: Faculty-Student Research on Crusades to Debut at Cantor 

Exhibition sheds new light on the history of the Crusades and its traditional narrative.

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History once written by conquerors is being retold through research and fact via the work of Amanda Luyster, assistant professor of visual arts at the College of the Holy Cross, her students and an upcoming exhibition at the College’s Iris …

College of the Holy Cross Launches Site to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Coeducation

Site serves as information hub for the 2022-2024 celebration.

The College of the Holy Cross has launched a new website to serve as the central repository for information, events, news, resources and more surrounding the College’s two-year celebration of the 50th anniversary of coeducation on Mount St. James.

Holy Cross 2022: The Year in Review

New buildings, high-profile visitors and major milestones were just some of the many events and announcements making news on Mount St. James in 2022.

$110 Million Prior Performing Arts Center Opens Members of the campus and local communities toured the new Prior Performing Arts Center during a Community Day held on Sept. 24. It provided visitors with their first look inside the new $110 …

Holy Cross Celebrates 44th Annual Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols

The beloved holiday tradition brought the College community together — on Mount St. James and beyond — to rejoice in the Christmas season.

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Embraced in soft, warm light under purple tapestry gently draped from above, the College of the Holy Cross welcomed the Christmas season on Dec. 8 in St. Joseph Memorial Chapel, celebrating its 44th Annual Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols.

Inside the Early Years of Coeducation at the College of the Holy Cross

How ready was the Holy Cross community for women, really? It depends on whom you ask.

It was Sept. 14, 1972, and Gayle Devlin Ciaramicoli ’76, one of the first women admitted to Holy Cross, was in tears. The intrepid 17-year-old had come a far distance, alone, flying from California to New York, where she picked …

34 Holy Cross Students Inducted Into Jesuit Honor Society

The honor is bestowed on fewer than 4% of a class.

  In October, 34 members of the College of the Holy Cross class of 2023 were inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society.  Selection is one of the highest honors that can be earned on a Jesuit campus. …

Holy Cross Faculty, Staff and Students Join with Worcester to Highlight Latino History

With support from the Holy Cross Scholarship in Action program, professors, staff and students work with city activists to collect and tell Latino stories.

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The Latino connection to Worcester’s history is one of educational advancement, social justice activism and economic opportunities. For these reasons, it is vital that the Latino story is told in the community’s own words, and documented and shared in the …

Holy Cross Celebrates Coeducation Anniversary with Women of Faith Speaker Series

“Raising Our Voices in Church: Women of Faith Speak” features four theologian guest speakers, including the Rt. Rev. Dr. Bonnie A. Perry ’84 on Nov. 15.

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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of coeducation at the College of the Holy Cross, the Office of the College Chaplains is hosting an academic year-long speaker series, “Raising Our Voices in Church: Women of Faith Speak,” to amplify women’s voices …

Iphigenia Opens as Inaugural Performance at the Prior Performing Arts Center

The College of the Holy Cross production combines two of Euripides’ ancient plays for a modern audience.

11/03/22 by

When the actors take the stage in “Iphigenia,” the inaugural theater production at the Prior Performing Arts Center (PAC), the audience can expect an intimate and visceral experience that only the building’s Boroughs Theatre can provide, according to Director Edward …

Helen Boucher, M.D., ’86 Appointed Dean of Tufts University School of Medicine

Holy Cross’ first woman board chair is now the first woman to serve as dean of the medical school.

Helen Boucher, M.D., ‘86, chair of the College of the Holy Cross board of trustees, has been named permanent dean of the Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) and chief academic officer (CAO) for Tufts Medicine, the university announced today.

Isabella Giaquinta ’23 Researches Refugee Mental Health for Fenwick Scholar Project

Giaquinta will work with an organization focused on providing a single point of care for at-risk refugees.

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Isabella Giaquinta ’23, one of two Fenwick Scholars for the 2022-2023 academic year at the College of the Holy Cross, will spend her senior year researching refugee mental health. Her project will live at the intersection of health studies and …

Russian Journalist Dmitry Muratov to Holy Cross Students: Anti-War Movement Is ‘In Your Hands’

The 2021 Nobel Peace Prize winner emphasized the influence every person has in maintaining peace in the world.

10/07/22 by

Standing behind a podium in St. Joseph Memorial Chapel at the College of the Holy Cross, Dmitry Muratov relayed stories that invoked historic household names, like former president of Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev and political titans such as Ronald Reagan.

Photo Gallery: Visitors Experience Prior Performing Arts Center at Community Day

Faculty, staff, students, alumni and Worcester residents tour the building and enjoy music, dance and theater open rehearsals and performances.

The College of the Holy Cross welcomed members of the campus and local communities to the Prior Performing Arts Center Community Day on Saturday, Sept. 24, giving visitors their first look inside the new $110 million academic building and performance …

New Ciocca Center Director Looks to Expand Student Opportunities, Business Curriculum

Former international business executive Robert Murner wants to build on the center’s foundation to position students for post-graduate success.

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Business executive and adjunct faculty member Robert Murner begins this semester as the new director of the Carlyse and Arthur A. Ciocca ’59 Center for Business, Ethics, and Society at the College of the Holy Cross.

Inside Holy Cross Enrollment Management’s Efforts to Increase Access and Affordability

Cornell B. LeSane II, vice president for enrollment management, details some of the College’s initiatives in building a diverse student body.

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As the inaugural vice president for enrollment management, one of the goals of Cornell B. LeSane II is spearheading initiatives to make the College of the Holy Cross affordable and accessible to students from diverse backgrounds.

Holy Cross Announces $40 Million Scholarship Initiative to Expand Access to Financial Aid

Partnership with Schuler Education Foundation to increase access for high-achieving undocumented and Pell-eligible students

The College of the Holy Cross announced today it has partnered with the Schuler Education Foundation on a $20 million matching grant, for a total of $40 million, to expand its financial aid support of low-income students and students with …

Holy Cross Rises to #33 on U.S. News’ Ranking of National Liberal Arts Colleges

College’s alumni giving rate remains among Top 10 in the country.

In its annual set of college rankings, U.S. News & World Report has ranked the College of the Holy Cross 33rd among national liberal arts colleges, noting significantly improved performance on measures related to student outcomes. The College was 35th …

College of the Holy Cross Welcomes Largest Class in School History

The class of 2026 is 10% larger than the previous year.

The College of the Holy Cross welcomed the largest class in its 179-year history on Aug. 27, when 904 members of the class of 2026 moved onto Mount St. James.