Homecoming 2022 Schedule

Programs will continue to be posted and updated.

All programs are 60 minutes unless otherwise noted.

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Friday, October 28, 2022
8:30am - 7:00pm Smith House Reception Center Open

Please stop by for check-in, printed programs, information on the Amherst area and light refreshments. The Reception Center will close at 7 p.m.

Smith House, 22 Hitchcock Road

9:00am - 3:00pm Attend Open Classes

Visit professors and students in the classroom. A list of classes open to visitors is available online. Printed copies of the list will be available at the Reception Center (Smith House, 22 Hitchcock Road). 

Various locations

10:00 - 11:00am "The Storm and the War that Changed Amherst" with Blair Kamin '79, P'15

The War Memorial, with its panoramic view of the Holyoke Range, and the Main Quadrangle, with its lush carpet of grass and soaring tree canopy, almost surely are the most beloved outdoor spaces at Amherst. Each appears inevitable, timeless, as if it had always been there. In fact, both are relatively recent additions to the campus, which looked very different before their creation in 1939 and 1946, respectively. Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Blair Kamin '79, P'15 will discuss how the Great New England Hurricane of 1938 and World War II led to a profound reorientation of Amherst’s hilltop campus. He’ll also paint a portrait of the little-known landscape architect who designed these signature spaces. The lecture will conclude with an analysis of the war memorial’s original design as well as an appreciation of how the passage of time has transformed the memorial into the campus icon it is today.

Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall

10:00am - 3:00pm Open House: Beneski Museum of Natural History

Docents will be available to provide information as guests explore the exhibits. Open House concludes at 3 p.m.

Beneski Museum, 11 Barrett Hill Drive

11:00am - 2:00pm Open House: Office of Identity and Cultural Resources

Amherst College’s Office of Identity and Cultural Resources has a number of centers that often become students’ second homes on campus. Visit to learn how these teams support students:

Center for International Student Engagement (CISE), 103 Keefe Campus Center
Multicultural Resource Center (MRC), 112 Keefe Campus Center
Women’s and Gender Center (WGC), 211 Keefe Campus Center
Queer Resource Center (QRC), 213 Keefe Campus Center
Class & Access Resource Center (CARC), 204 Keefe Campus Center
Center for Religious and Spiritual Life (RSL), Cadigan Center, 38 Woodside Avenue

Various locations

11:30am - 12:30pm Planning Your Next Class Reunion

Reunion Chairs and other interested volunteers are encouraged to join Alumni and Parent Programs staff for a conversation on best practices and suggested timelines for Reunion planning. Bring your questions!

Room 209, Converse Hall

12:00 - 2:00pm Open House: Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Learn about the initiatives, advocacy and resources supported by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Meet staff, faculty and students engaged in this work at Amherst College, and join them for hors d'oeuvres, treats and giveaways.

Lobby, Converse Hall

1:00 - 3:00pm Open House: Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning

Learn more about the programs and services offered to help students consider and shape their way forward through internships, networking, jobs and alumni connections, and how the Loeb Center helps them to align their academic experiences, interests, skills and values with meaningful careers. 

College Hall, 155 South Pleasant Street

1:30 - 2:30pm Amherst College: A Presidential History

Join College archivist Rachel Jirka to discover the legends and legacies of the College’s presidents throughout its 200-year history.

Stirn Auditorium

4:00 - 5:00pm Inauguration of Michael A. Elliott '92

The Amherst College Board of Trustees invites faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the College to the inauguration of Amherst College’s 20th president

Main Quadrangle, 25 Quadrangle Drive (rain location: Coolidge Cage)

5:15 - 7:00pm Inauguration Celebration

Following the ceremony, there will be a reception on the Main Quadrangle featuring live music, giveaways and a menu of seasonal favorites paying homage to Amherst’s 20th president’s journey from Georgia.

Main Quadrangle

6:00 - 8:00pm Amherst College Hillel Shabbat Dinner

Learn about Jewish life and meet student leaders.

Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center

8:30 - 10:00pm Homecoming Bonfire

Enjoy hot beverages, donuts and student performances. Presented by Campus Activities Board.

Base of Memorial Hill

8:30 - 9:30pm Amherst College Jazz Combo Pisces Homecoming Concert

The Amherst College Jazz Combo Pisces performs their Homecoming Concert. Admission is free. Please view the Music Department's COVID Concert Protocols.

Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center

Saturday, October 29, 2022
7:30 - 8:30am The Coach’s Report, 2022 Season

Join E.J. Mills, Head Football Coach, for a closer look at our team.

Conway Classroom, Alumni Gymnasium

8:00 - 8:30am Pratt Field Opens for Pedestrians and Drop-Off

Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium

8:00am - 3:00pm Smith House Reception Center Open

Please stop by for check-in, printed programs, information on the Amherst area and light refreshments. The Reception Center will close at 3 p.m.

Smith House, 22 Hitchcock Road

10:00 - 11:15am Conversation with President Michael A. Elliott '92

Join President Michael A. Elliott ’92 in conversation with Amherst College Trustee Chantal Kordula ’94 as they discuss observations and reflections from his first months back on campus. Kathy Chia ’88, P’22, President of the Society of the Alumni, will provide an introduction to the conversation. This event will be livestreamed for those who are unable to attend in person.

Johnson Chapel

11:00am - 12:00pm Class of 1968 Reunion Planning Meeting

Room 220, Webster Hall

11:15am - 12:15pm Class of 1963 Reunion Planning Meeting

Room 217, Webster Hall

11:15am - 12:45pm Coming Home: A Restorative Circle for Sharing, Connecting and Belonging in Community

What does "home" mean to you? Has the meaning of home changed over time for you? Do you have complicated feelings about the idea of home? Joyful? Anxious? Bittersweet? The Center for Restorative Practices (CRP) invites you to participate in a restorative community-building circle. Circles are an ancient model, rooted in indigenous practices that center storytelling to increase community and belonging. We invite you to connect with new or familiar faces on the concept of "home." We will tell stories and offer support to one another in a way that reminds us of our shared humanity. This program is open to  students, staff, faculty, alumni and other Amherst College community members (15 participants maximum). Please register for the circle in advance.

Room 207, Converse Hall

12:00 - 2:00pm Amherst Women's Soccer vs. Connecticut College

NESCAC Quarterfinal

Hitchcock Field

12:00 - 1:30pm Choral Society Homecoming Concert

The Amherst College Department of Music presents the annual Homecoming Concert, featuring the 157th Amherst College Glee Club, directed by Dr. Arianne Abela, in concert with the Williams College Concert Choir, directed by Dr. Anna Lenti. The performance features music by Samuel Wright '23, Arvo Pärt, Eric Whitacre, Antonio Estevez and Arianne Abela, as well as traditional Amherst and Williams songs. This performance is free and open to the public. Please view the Music Department's COVID Concert Protocols.

Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center

12:00 - 2:00pm Amherst Field Hockey vs. Williams College

NESCAC Quarterfinal

Hill Field

12:00 - 1:00pm Alumni-Student Meet-Ups

Many student groups will be at tents and tables on the east end of Pratt Field, near the pedestrian entrance (Hitchcock Gate). Please stop by to connect with students and other alumni, and say hello!

Near Hitchcock Gate, Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium

12:30 - 2:30pm Amherst Men's Soccer vs. Wesleyan University

NESCAC Quarterfinal

Hitchcock Field

1:00 - 4:00pm Amherst Football vs. Wesleyan University

Please join us at Pratt Field for the Homecoming football game! A light lunch and refreshments will be served on the west end of the field, and beer and wine will be available in the concession stand for guests 21+ through the end of halftime. Please be prepared to show a valid ID.

Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium

2:00 - 2:30pm Amherst Athletics and Amherst’s Civil Rights and Title IX Office to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Title IX

Alums and coaches from Women’s Athletic Teams (1976–present) will be invited onto Pratt Field at halftime of the Amherst vs. Wesleyan Football game to honor their contributions to Amherst Athletics. Please make your way to the track on the home side of the field five minutes before halftime.

Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium

3:00 - 4:30pm Asian Students Association Alumni Reception

Mingle with fellow Asian alums and students, enjoy snacks and beverages, and hear about what the Amherst Asian community has been up to! Students from all of Amherst’s Asian affinity groups—the Asian Students Association (ASA), Chinese Students Association (CSA), Korean Students Association (KSA), Middle Eastern and North African Association (MENAA) and South Asian Students Association (SASA)—will be in attendance. 

Pemberton Lounge, Chapin Hall

4:00 - 6:00pm NEW TIME: Alumni Series: Center for International Student Engagement

CISE will be hosting international alumni and facilitating a meet-and-greet between international students and alumni. This will act as an information exchange between the two groups, with students asking alumni how they have navigated life after college. 

Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center

4:00 - 5:30pm Zumbyes Reception and Sing-Along

The Zumbyes are more than excited to welcome alumni back home to Amherst College. This reception is open to everyone, whether you are a Zum-alum or just want to be casually serenaded by the group. Stop by, meet the current Zumbyes and sing along to your favorite tunes!

Canfield Lounge, Kirby Memorial Theater

4:30 - 6:00pm La Causa: Past, Present and Future

Join La Causa, Amherst’s historic Latine affinity group, for a reception commemorating 50 years of La Causa, five years of LLAS, and a bright future ahead! Learn more about La Causa’s new initiatives and post-Covid recovery, and meet Amherst’s current Latine community.

Event Space, Ford Hall

5:00 - 7:00pm The Charles Drew House Presents: A Black Homecoming Experience

Join the Charles Drew Memorial Culture House as we pay homage to the Black homecoming experience and bring some of our favorite traditions to campus. Round out your afternoon with music, food and performances. Food will be served at 5 p.m. with performances beginning at 6 p.m. 

Tent on Valentine Quad

8:00 - 9:30pm Amherst Symphony Orchestra Homecoming Concert: John Williams Tribute

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra (ASO) celebrates Homecoming 2022 at Amherst College with a concert of music by "Maestro of the Movies" John Williams, who celebrates his 90th birthday this year. Excerpts from the film scores for Amistad, E.T., Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, Lincoln, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List and Star Wars will be performed. Admission is free, and doors will open half an hour before the concert. Please view the Music Department's COVID Concert Protocols.

Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center

Sunday, October 30, 2022
10:30am - 12:30pm Amherst Women's Ice Hockey Alumnae Game

Orr Rink