2010 Schedule of Events

Friday, May 21

1 to 10 p.m.
Check-in for seniors and families. Alumni House (see parking map).
5 p.m.
Commencement Rehearsal. Main Quadrangle (Johnson Chapel in case of rain). Mandatory for seniors; families need not attend.
7:30 p.m.
Screening of Case 219 a film based on Shooter, the award winning novel written by Walter Dean Myers, one of the 2010 honorary degree recipients. Stirn Auditorium.

Saturday, May 22

9 a.m.
Catherine Sanderson
Phi Beta Kappa Meeting. Students elected to membership in this honor society are those of the highest standing. Talk by Amherst College Professor of Psychology, Catherine Sanderson. Stirn Auditorium.
10 a.m.
Catherine Grier Carlson
Baccalaureate Service. This multi-faith celebration includes music, readings, dance and an address by the Rev. Catharine Grier Carlson, Chaplain of the Claremont Colleges, comprising five undergraduate and two graduate institutions. Johnson Chapel.
11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Conversations with Honored Guests:
Walter Dean Myers
Walter Dean Myers: An Argument for Random Knowledge.” Myers is a prolific and influential author of books for children and young adults. Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall.
Joshua Epstein
Joshua Epstein ’76: “Why Model?” Epstein is a pioneer in agent-based computational modeling, and is director of the Brookings Institution’s Center on Social and Economic Dynamics. Paino Lecture Hall, Earth Sciences and Museum of Natural History Building.
Mary Jo Salter
Mary Jo Salter: “Memorable Speech: Some Thoughts about Poetry.” Salter is an award-winning poet, playwright, lyricist and essayist. Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall.
12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Luncheon for seniors, families and faculty. Valentine Quadrangle. (In case of rain, Valentine Hall.)
1 p.m.
Mark Marshall
Sigma Xi Meeting. Induction ceremony for new members. Remarks by Mark Marshall, Class of 1959 Professor of Chemistry.  Stirn Auditorium.
2 to 3 p.m.
Conversations with Honored Guests:
Jimmy Wales
Jimmy Wales: “Wikipedia, Wikia, and Free Culture: Free Minds for a Free World.” Wales is a founder of Wikipedia and the nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation, as well as the for-profit Web-hosting service Wikia. Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall.
Harvey Rosenfield
Harvey Rosenfield: “When David Met Goliath: Battling Insurance Companies, the Energy Industry, the A.M.A. and the Terminator in the Fight for Consumer Rights.” Rosenfield is the founder of Consumer Watchdog, a California-based nonprofit, nonpartisan consumer protection organization. Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall.
3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
Conversations with Honored Guests:
Zackie Achmat
Zackie Achmat: “Inequality in South Africa.” Achmat is an activist and the founder and former chairman of the Treatment Action Campaign. Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall.
Paul Nurse
Paul Nurse: “Making Research Work for Society.” Nurse is a British geneticist, the current President of Rockefeller University in New York City and the head of the university’s Laboratory of Yeast Genetics and Cell Biology. Stirn Auditorium.
4:30 to 6 p.m.
President Anthony W. Marx
President’s Reception. For seniors, families and members of the faculty and administration. Garden of the President's House.
9:15 p.m.
Choral Society Concert. Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center.

Sunday, May 23

10 a.m.
The 189th Commencement. Addresses by Anthony W. Marx, President of the College, and Maryam Khan '10. Marshal: Professor Rowland Abiodun. Honorary Marshals: Christopher Kaufman '67 and Molly Clement '77. Medal for Eminent Service: Christine Noyer Seaver '81. Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Teaching Awards to Phillip Hockensmith, a history teacher from Kickapoo High School in Springfield, Missouri; Paula L. Mark, an English teacher from Hialeah High School in Hialeah, Florida; and Paul G. Tierney, a physics teacher, from The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. The canes for each graduating senior are a gift from an endowed Senior Cane Fund created by Brian J. Conway ’80 and Kevin J. Conway ’80, and are being distributed by Richard A. Ammons '74, President of the Society of the Alumni. Main Quadrangle.

Note: When Commencement is outdoors, seating is unlimited, and no tickets are required. If severe weather forces Commencement indoors, the event will be held in LeFrak Gymnasium, where seating is limited to ticket holders. Each graduating senior may pick up three tickets for family or other guests on Friday or Saturday at Commencement Headquarters in Alumni House. Guests without tickets may watch a video simulcast of the event in Coolidge Cage, next to LeFrak. To learn the location of Sunday’s Commencement ceremony, call (413) 542-INFO (4636) or go to www.amherst.edu after 8 a.m. Sunday.

Some audience members may have particular health or safety concerns that necessitate their sitting indoors rather than outdoors to watch the Commencement ceremony. For such cases, there is limited seating available in Stirn Auditorium, where live video of the ceremony will be projected onto a large screen. (Seating will be available in Stirn only if the ceremony is taking place outdoors. If the ceremony has been moved to LeFrak Gymnasium because of inclement weather, all audience members will watch from within the gymnasium or Coolidge Cage.)
A buffet luncheon will be served after the Commencement Exercises. Valentine Quadrangle. (In case of rain, Valentine Hall.)