Kirkland Alumnae

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.

Kirkland Giving Initiatives

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

History of Kirkland College

Kirkland College Charter

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.

Contact Information

Office of Alumni Relations

Green Apple
Kirkland's Traditions

Green Apple

The green apple remains a lasting symbol of Kirkland College. The College, erected on an apple orchard, decided to make the green apple its formal symbol that represented an "organic" quality when the college underwent a time of change. The tradition of the green apple still lives on at Hamilton, as women graduates receive a green apple pin during senior week, and all students place a green apple on the podium when they've received their degree during Commencement.

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