All Reunion attendees must show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, which includes a booster for those who are eligible, upon check-in at the Smith House Reception Center. Documentation must include the attendee name, the brand and number of doses of vaccine and dates of vaccination, so please be ready to show us your CDC vaccination card (we’ll accept a clearly legible photo!), an electronic health record screenshot or printout or a receipt from a pharmacy.  You can view the list of acceptable vaccines on the CDC’s website; we will accept those vaccines approved or authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or those listed for emergency use (EUL) by the World Health Organization. 

Attendees who cannot show proof of vaccination (including children three and up who are not yet eligible for vaccination) must show proof of a negative test result from a PCR test or antigen test taken within 72 hours before their arrival to campus.

KN95 masks will be required at all programs and events taking place indoors, and those staying on campus are strongly encouraged to wear masks in the residences. The College will make KN95 masks available for attendees who do not provide their own.

COVID-19 protocols, including those related to masking and vaccination, are subject to change, and we will communicate updates with all registrants as Reunion approaches.

By registering for Reunion, you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By attending this event, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and release Amherst College (including its affiliates, trustees, officers, employees, and volunteers) from any and all liability for any illness or injury arising from or in any way related to this event. Events are subject to all local and state public health guidelines and rules.

College Protocols and Decision-making

The College’s decisions regarding COVID-19 protocols for Commencement 2022, Reunion and Commencement 2020 are based on a number of factors, including our current understanding of the virus and the potential risk to community members and attendees. With potentially thousands of guests expected from around the world and several large-scale events planned—some of which may be held indoors, especially in case of inclement weather—we are committed to doing our part to protect the health and safety of those who may be immunocompromised or have young children.

For this reason, we have set the aforementioned guidelines regarding vaccination and testing. We anticipate that masks will be required at all indoor events, based on current campus protocols. While we hope that the course of the virus might allow us to relax the mask requirement closer to these events, we are mindful, as we have experienced with both the Delta and Omicron variants, that a new development may require additional protocols. The organizers of the events will be in touch with any changes that may occur.