Commencement Housing for Families

When will the families receive information about housing on campus during the Commencement Weekend? The information will be mailed before spring break in March. We can make reservations after the mailing.  

Can I make reservations by telephone and use my credit card? Reservations for lodging can be made by returning the housing form together with payment by check, cash or credit card.

What if I need special accommodations for members of my family? Please note your special needs on the housing form. We do our best to meet all requests, but housing is limited. 

What if I make a reservation and find that I need to cancel? Perhaps my son or daughter has also made the reservation, or my plans have changed. Will I get a refund?  To avoid duplicate room reservations, families of graduating seniors should consult the seniors before making reservations. Refunds will be given only with at least a 24-hour notice of cancellation. 

Do I need to reserve a room for my graduating senior? No. Seniors will remain in their current rooms until graduation. They must vacate their dormitory rooms by 5 p.m. on Commencement Sunday.

How long can I room at Amherst? Accommodations can be requested for Friday and Saturday. All rooms must be vacated by 5 p.m. on Commencement Sunday.

How will I know that my room reservation has been accepted?  Reservations are acknowledged by mail, but we cannot provide you with your specific room assignment until you arrive on campus.

Do I need to bring towels and sheets? All linens are provided by the college, including pillows and blankets. 

Where do I check in and get keys? Check-in will be at Commencement Headquarters in the Alumni House. The hours are Friday, 1 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Do you always have sufficient rooms to meet the needs of the visiting families? We suggest that families return the housing form as soon as possible. While there is a limited number of rooms available, we have been able to accommodate all requests in the past. Guests concerned that they may not receive on-campus lodging, as well as those requiring accommodations before Friday and after 5 p.m. Sunday, may wish to see our list of local lodging.