Speeches by President Biddy Martin

Biddy Martin, Homecoming 2014Conversation with President Martin, Homecoming 2014
November 8, 2014
Introduced by Kerry Brennan ’77, chair of the Executive Committee of the Alumni Council, President Martin spoke to alumni and the campus community. videoWatch video.


President Biddy Martin, Convocation 2014-90x90.jpgConvocation Address 2014
September 1, 2014
President Biddy Martin quoted DeMott’s idea of a good classroom as “one in which collaborators enjoy a stretch of intelligently active, sympathetic engagement with one another,” and extolled the value of both teaching and learning on campus.


Biddy Martin speaking at Reunion 2014Conversation with President Martin, Reunion 2014
May 31, 2014
The president was joined by Cullen Murphy ’74, chair of the Board of Trustees. Their remarks preceded the annual meeting of the Society of the Alumni, presided over by the chair, William H. Woolverton ’73, P’17, ’12. videoWatch video.


Biddy Martin giving commencement addressCommencement Address 2014
May 25, 2014
Quoting poet and alumnus Richard Wilbur, President Martin urged the Class of 2014 to celebrate achievements and “ramify.” videoWatch video.


Conversation with President Martin, Family Weekend 2013
November 2, 1013
Biddy Martin addressed parents and answered questions during her annual Family Weekend Conversation. videoWatch video.


Biddy Martin talks at Homecoming 2013

Conversation with President Martin, Homecoming 2013
October 19, 2013
Biddy Martin addresses alumni, families, students and friends at Homecoming, quoting from JFK’s 1963 speech at Amherst. videoWatch video.


Convocation 2013: President Martin Urges “Bridging” Friendships
September 3, 2013
President Biddy Martin took on those who question the value of a liberal arts education. videoWatch video.


President Martin, Reunion 2013Conversation with President Biddy Martin, Reunion 2013
June 1, 2013
During the annual meeting of the Society of the Alumni, President Biddy Martin spoke about the state of the college and answered questions from alumni. videoWatch video.


President Martin delivering Commencement 2013 address

Commencement Address 2013
May 26, 2013
Quoting the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, President Martin exhorted the graduating members of the Class of 2013 to remain true to their liberal arts educations, and “hold to your desire for thought, hold to your desire for poetry.” videoWatch video.


Biddy Martin, Homecoming 2012Homecoming 2012
November 10, 2012
Biddy Martin spoke with alumni, families and friends about the issue of sexual respect on campus, and, more broadly, about student life at Amherst. videoWatch video.


Biddy Martin, Convocation 2012Convocation 2012
September 3, 2012
President Martin addressed the Class of 2016. videoWatch video.


Biddy Martin, Commencement 2012Commencement 2012
May 20, 2012
President Biddy Martin delivered the 191st Commencement Address at Amherst College. videoWatch video.


Biddy Martin, Family Weekend 2011Family Weekend 2011
Nov. 5, 2011
President Biddy Martin spoke to parents and families attending Family Weekend, and answered questions. She was introduced by Allen Hart, Dean of Students and professor of psychology. videoWatch video.


Biddy MartinHomecoming 2011
October 22, 2011
During her first Homecoming Weekend, Biddy Martin conversed with alumni and visitors about Amherst’s planned new science center, rising costs of higher education and her own visions for the future of the college. videoWatch video.


Biddy Martin's Inaugural AddressInauguration of Biddy Martin, 19th President of Amherst College
October 16, 2011
On Sunday, October 16, 2011 Amherst College inaugurated its 19th president, Carolyn “Biddy” Martin. After receiving her honorary degree and symbolic gifts from the college, President Martin spoke. videoWatch video.


Biddy MartinConvocation 2011: Welcome, “Class of Irene”
September 5, 2011
President Biddy Martin, in her first Convocation address, noted similarities between her own recent arrival and that of the Class of 2015, and urged first-years to “treasure what Amherst has and what Amherst is: an unapologetic love of inquiry.” videoWatch video.


Biddy MartinIntroducing the 19th President of Amherst College: Biddy Martin
June 16, 2011
On Thursday, June 16, at 11 a.m., an all-college meeting was held in Johnson Chapel to introduce Biddy Martin, the 19th president of Amherst College. videoWatch video.


Find past presidential speeches and more in the Amherst College Presidential Archive.