Kirkland Alumnae

Sharon Rippey

Dear Friends,

This year's Fallcoming Weekend was blessed with beautiful, sunny weather and new memories made with Hill friends. Highlights included the dedication of the Filius Jazz Archive accompanied by an all-star jazz ensemble featuring current students, professors and guest performers. At the Wellin Museum of Art, guest artist Frohawk Two Feathers (Umar Rashid) presented an exhibit titled "You Can Fall."  Other memorable events included a presentation on Hamilton's innovative and interdisciplinary Digital Humanities Initiative, and performances from all five student a cappella groups, including Kirkland's own Special K. Many thanks to all who attended and contributed to the great success of this year's Fallcoming.

Lori Richard Reidel K'77

Read the rest of Lori's letter here...


Kirkland College was the brainchild of Robert McEwen and the Hamilton board of Trustees. Kirkland was to be the first of a cluster of colleges envisioned to reflect the model of the Claremont Colleges in California. Hamilton was an all male school at the time – McEwen and the board felt that creating a women’s college would be a reasonable path in an era in which the concept of co-education was being embraced. Kirkland College was chartered in 1965: its first class entered in 1968. Kirkland brought women to College hill along with a more diverse lifestyle and an innovative philosophy of teaching. Kirkland rounded out the Hamilton curriculum, adding the departments and offerings in the arts, creative writing and social sciences.
Students could take courses at either school.

As a brand new school, Kirkland was heavily dependent on Hamilton financially. Without an endowment Kirkland’s finances became more and more precarious. In 1978 Hamilton’s President and Board of Trustees decided to merge the two schools. The curriculum remained the same. The legacy of Kirkland changed the Hill and enriched the Hamilton experience.

Kirkland Archives, Media and Publications

The Kirkland Archives, Media and Publications Committee aims to ensure records and memories of Kirkland College are aggregated, maintained and made available to alumnae and scholars through the auspices of the Hamilton College Library.  Our mission is to identify, document, make accessible, and breathe life into Kirkland's history using new media opportunities.  Kirkland College Interactive Archives

Lost Orchard, edited by Jo Pitkin '78 is available for pre-ordering here. More information...

Kirkland Giving Initiatives

To help perpetuate the Kirkland legacy on College Hill a number of specific initiatives have been established.

Learn more about how you can direct your contribution.

Committee for Kirkland College

Our Committee was formed in 2007, and exists to support existing alumnae initiatives and facilitate new ones. Getting involved with the Kirkland College community is truly rewarding: we renew old connections, build new relationships, support young talent, and continue to learn and grow. Please contact me with your ideas, interests, and questions. Contact us: