The nominating process for mascot suggestions launched on Monday, Oct. 24, and closed on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016.
A total of 2,046 mascot suggestions were received by the November 30 deadline. The committee spent December reviewing submitted mascot ideas and rationale, applying criteria, and winnowing the suggestions down to a list of 30 semifinalists.
In February 2017, the Mascot Committee sought input from a representative group of 441 alumni and student delegates, who were asked to rate the semifinalists according to the criteria and alumni feedback. The Mascot Committee then used the ratings to identify the top five mascot ideas.
The five finalists, as aannounced on Thursday, March 16, 2017 are:
- Fighting Poets
- Purple and White
- Valley Hawks
From March 20 to 31, 2017, voting on the five mascot finalists will be open for all Amherst alumni, students, faculty and staff.
The winning mascot will be announced in the spring of 2017.