The Amherst Story

The Writing College

Amherst faculty and alumni have included many influential authors, including Robert Frost, David Foster Wallace ’85, Min Jin Lee, and more. We also host the annual LitFest celebration, inviting distinguished authors to campus.

Commencement canes

Commencement Traditions

At Commencement, every graduate receives a cane. Two hymns — “Three Gifts” and “Hymn to Amherst” — are sung. On stage fly flags representing the home countries of all members of the graduating class. These are just a few of our traditions.