Traditions

Commencement canes

Commencement Canes

It’s true: Every Amherst graduate receives a cane. According to Amherst lore, the canes are a visual metaphor for a college education: They support graduates throughout their lives.

Pindar Dinners

Pindar Field Dinner Series

Students dress up, enjoy an elegant meal and learn something new—all while socializing with people they don’t know. Every student is invited to a Pindar Field Dinner during the school year.

Convocation

Opening Convocation

On Labor Day the president and the faculty, all in full regalia, welcome first-year students to the College. This traditional ceremony involves a procession, musicians and the college Choral Society.

Bonfire

Homecoming Bonfire

Students and alumni come together every fall for a bonfire at the bottom of Memorial Hill. There’s cider, hot chocolate, donuts and pizza, along with a Choral Society performance.

Spring Concert

Spring Concert

Each year a big-name musical act comes to campus. Headliners in recent years have included Icona Pop, Mike Posner and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

Peace Pagoda

Amherst Bucket List

Author and veterans advocate Paul Rieckhoff ’98 has come up with a list of 50 things to do before graduating. Among them: beat Williams, get a slice at Antonio’s and read the names on the War Memorial.