Opening Convocation

Convocation 2013

Opening Convocation is the first formal gathering of the first-year students, at which the president and the faculty, all in full regalia, welcome the students to the college. It is also a time for some of the recently promoted professors to be awarded honorary Amherst College degrees. The traditional ceremony involves a formal procession, musicians and the college Choral Society and is held on the first evening of the fall semester, usually Labor Day.

Convocation 2013

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