Virtual Programs for Classes

We are grateful for the efforts alumni volunteers have made to keep their classes and the College community connected!

Many classes have learned how to host Zoom gatherings on their own. If virtual class gatherings are planned, Alumni and Parent Programs will continue to offer communication assistance so you can let classmates know about upcoming class events; final decisions on wording and timing of emails rest with the office of Advancement Communications, to ensure consistency in messaging and manage email frequency. Please note that only programs that follow the Amherst College Terms and Conditions of Use will be supported by College staff and resources. Please check in with your APP liaison before asking any faculty or staff to participate in a program. Students should not be asked to participate in class-sponsored programs at this time.

Alumni and Parent Programs staff will not be available for additional program staffing and technical support for this academic year as we plan for a number of in-person and hybrid events.


If your class is planning a virtual program, you may choose to appoint a Virtual Program Chair/Coordinator.

Suggested Virtual Program Chair/Coordinator Job Description:

The Virtual Program Chair acts as the liaison between the Advancement Office and the class or regional volunteers for the purpose of proposing and orchestrating class-specific virtual programs. This person serves as the primary point of contact between Advancement and volunteers involved in program planning. The Virtual Program Chair should be familiar with Zoom and comfortable responding to and helping to troubleshoot technical issues that may arise for attendees before and during programs.

Some things to plan for:

  • Coordinating Zoom planning meetings for program planners, as needed, to manage final program details prior to the event. 
  • Hosting the event and assisting with technical issues. 
  • Writing the communication that will go out to the class.