Commencement Weekend Information

Commencement Morning

Graduating seniors gather for Commencement with their caps and gowns in the Alumni Gymnasium at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday. Breakfast will be available in the gym starting at 8 a.m. Commencement staff and the student marshals will be lining up the procession as planned during the Commencement rehearsal. Students process up Memorial Hill and around the Main Quadrangle at 10 a.m. and are seated accordingly. 

Diplomas

At Commencement, students are given individual diplomas. The diplomas measure 10" by 13" and are handed to students inside an inscribed tube.

The diplomas are issued in Latin. The English transcription follows:

The Trustees of Amherst College give greetings in The Lord to all readers of this letter. Let it be known that it is our decision to give (name), in accordance with his deserts, the title and rank of Bachelor of Arts (appropriate level) and we have granted him all the honors, dignities, insignia, rights and privileges pertaining to the rank in these United States.

Witness to this:

The Public seal of the college and the signature of the President appended to this letter. 

 AMHERST, MASSACHUSETTS, on the (day, month) in the year of Human Salvation (current year) of the American Republic (year)

President’s Signature

Medical Services During Commencement Weekend

The Student Health Service will be open Commencement Weekend. The hours are Friday, 8:30 a.m to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The telephone number is 413-542-2267.
Students and families with urgent medical needs over the weekend (during the hours when the Keefe Health Center is closed) can go to the AEIOU urgent care clinic located at 170 University Drive in Amherst (across from Big Y). Their telephone number is 413-461-3530.
AEIOU Hours: Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For emergencies, contact Amherst College Police at 413-542-2111. The nearest hospital for emergency care is Cooley Dickinson Hospital, located at 30 Locust Street in Northampton, Mass. Their telephone number is 413-582-2000.

On-Campus Parties

Information for on-campus parties can be found at guidelines for parties.