- 2012: Summer2012: Summer
- Amherst Creates
- College Row
- "Forcefully Ejected from Our Amherst Cocoon"
- "May Happiness Catch You Often"
- Flags of Our Fathers
- Grecian Formula
- How to Improve Your iPad
- Into the Dunk Tank
- Is Amherst a Good Deal?
- Lives of Consequence Surpasses Goal
- Make Me a Perfect Match
- No Self-Reflection Here
- The Honored
- The Pioneer
- Three Alumni Join Board of Trustees
- Update Your Campus Map
- Feature: A Conversation with the New Board Chair
- Feature: How Title IX Changed Everything
- Feature: When Amit Gupta Needed You
- Feature: “Now That We Are In It”
- Insights: Amherst: Steward of Hope
- Lives of Consequence: Creating Connections
“Forcefully Ejected from Our Amherst Cocoon”
Three great moments from the student commencement address by Elias Johansson-Miller ’12, who graduated summa cum laude and with distinction:
Best joke: “Sophomore year wasn’t all fun and games; Amherst went through some financial troubles and health scares. Yes, you all remember what I’m talking about: The endowment got swine flu, and each student lost $100 million.”
Elias Johansson-Miller ’12 gave the student address.
Best thank-you: “By joining Mr. Gad’s House of Improv, I learned to take things less seriously. By taking two classes with Professor Hilary Moss, one of my favorite professors, I learned how to write clearly and actively and how to read with purpose. By taking two classes with Professor Anston Bosman, another one of my favorite professors, I learned that I know very little.”
Earned a big laugh from President Biddy Martin: “I was abroad when I learned that President [Anthony W.] Marx would step down as Amherst president. After developing a rather substantial crush on President Marx, I decided to wear black in mourning and become celibate. I then went on goodcrush.com and realized I was way more compatible with Biddy.”
Most true: “While being forcefully ejected from our Amherst cocoon can be frightening—and I’ll be the first to admit it can be terrifying at times—it is, in the grand scheme of things, a pretty incredible position to be in.”
Class of ’12 Marshals Nathan Nash, Jackie Watson and Ezra Van Negri
Photos by Rob Mattson