Amherst President Biddy Martin To the Class of 2013: “Hold To Your Desire for Poetry”

Submitted on Sunday, 5/26/2013, at 6:17 PM

May 26, 2013

New Amherst alumni celebrate Commencement (photo by Rob Mattson)

AMHERST, Mass. — Quoting the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, Amherst President Biddy Martin today exhorted the graduating members of the Class of 2013 in her annual Commencement address to remain true to their liberal arts educations, and “hold to your desire for thought, hold to your desire for poetry.” The themes of seeing beauty in the everyday via poetry and “putting together a good life with others,” as Martin put it, were echoed in an at-times humorous and poignant speech by Reilly A. Horan, of Darien, Conn., who was chosen by her classmates to deliver the student address during the college’s 192nd Commencement.

Amherst College’s 2013 Commencement, by the Numbers

Submitted on Sunday, 5/26/2013, at 2:33 PM

May 23, 2013

AMHERST, Mass. — Amherst College will celebrate its 192nd Commencement on Sunday, May 26, at 10 a.m. on the school’s Main Quadrangle. The day’s exercises will feature addresses from College President Biddy Martin and senior Reilly A. Horan, as well as the awarding of bachelor of arts degrees to 464 graduates, an honorary B.A. to a military veteran whose Amherst education was cut short by service in World War II and honorary doctorates to seven distinguished guests.

Amherst Nets Eight Fulbright, Two Goldwater Winners

Submitted on Sunday, 5/26/2013, at 9:32 AM

May 24, 2013

Two Amherst juniors have been awarded Goldwater Scholarships on behalf of scientific and academic achievement, and eight recent graduates have been offered Fulbright Fellowships to teach and study abroad.

WW II Veteran to Receive His Diploma at Amherst's Commencement May 26

Submitted on Thursday, 5/16/2013, at 12:44 PM

May 15, 2013

Arthur J. Ourieff, middle row, third from right, in the 1942 Amherst cross- country team photo

Arthur J. Ourieff’s first semester at college started out like any other. He studied hard, occasionally goofed off with his friends and even managed to find time to go on a few dates.

Amherst College to Honor Three Former Teachers of Graduating Seniors with Swift Moore Teaching Awards May 26

Submitted on Thursday, 5/16/2013, at 12:45 PM

May 14, 2013

AMHERST, Mass. — Three secondary school instructors who challenged, inspired and moved members of Amherst College’s Class of 2013 will be honored with the Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Teaching Awards during the school’s 192nd Commencement exercises at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 26. This year’s recipients are Deborah Hepburn, an English teacher at Clinton Senior High School in Clinton, N.Y.; Larry Klein, a history and social studies teacher at Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City, Calif.; and Fred Murphy, a history teacher at Frederick Douglass Academy in New York, N.Y.

Two Members of the Class of 1963 to Receive Amherst College’s Medal for Eminent Service at Commencement May 26

Submitted on Thursday, 5/16/2013, at 12:46 PM

May 2, 2013

AMHERST, Mass.—The trustees of Amherst College have voted unanimously to award Alan S. Bernstein and Kent W. Faerber, both members of the college’s Class of 1963, the Medal for Eminent Service during commencement exercises on Sunday, May 26.

 

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