Senior Activities

Swift Moore Nominations for Secondary School Teachers

The nomination period opens in December; deadline for submissions is mid-January; Swift Moore Committee meets to evaluate submissions in March.

In 1997, Amherst College inaugurated the Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Awards program to honor some of this country's outstanding high school teachers. We invite you to nominate a teacher who made an impact on your life. If you remember a secondary school teacher who stands out as deserving of this award, please submit his or her name, using the online nomination form. As a separate element of the program, we also hope to honor outstanding teachers who are Amherst graduates.

Online Nominations for Commencement Speaker and Honorary Members of the Graduating Class

On early March, there will be a 24 hour period for online voting for the student Commencement Speaker. Each graduating senior will be able to nominate up to three or four graduating seniors who he or she believes would deliver a thoughtful and entertaining speech appropriate for Commencement. The graduating seniors who get the most nominations in this online balloting will be invited to participate in the Senior Speakoff later in March.

Honorary members of the class are also nominated at this time. Nominations can be made for up to five people to whom the graduating students wish to express appreciation at Senior Dinner. Previous recipients have included retiring members of the faculty and staff, as well as employees from the Library, Health Services, Valentine, Physical Plant and Campus Police.

Senior Speakoff

Graduating seniors will gather for Senior Speakoff in March in Johnson Chapel. A number of seniors will give three minute speeches representative of the speech that might be given at Commencement. After the presentation, students will be asked to vote by paper ballot; students must be present to vote. The top vote-getter will deliver a 10-minute speech at Commencement.The immediate runners-up will deliver shorter speeches at Senior Assembly.

Senior Assembly

Held on the last day of classes, Senior Assembly honors academic achievement by members of the graduating class and features addresses by a distinguished faculty member and two seniors. The faculty member is chosen by the members of the Senior Commencement Committee and the student speakers are voted at Senior Speakoff. Graduating seniors and members of the faculty process in caps and gowns and the students are asked to line up on the Quad side of Johnson Chapel no later than 4:35 p.m.

Senior Dinner

Following Senior Assembly, the Senior Dinner, reception and party for seniors (2015Es, 2015s and 2016Es) and faculty is held in LeFrak Gymnasium with dancing afterward. Photographs will be taken by the staff of the Office of Communications and will be available online through the college Flickr account. Students are reminded to bring their driver's license; IDs will be checked by servers. To protect the floor of the gymnasium, we ask that students not wear spiked high-heel shoes.