Mead Art Museum A student ponders a self-portrait by South African artist Zanele Muholi at the Mead Art Museum’s Feb. 16 opening for its spring exhibition. 

LitFest 2016 Snow falls on the quad, March 2016.

Author Angela Flournoy Author Angela Flournoy, shown here at the storied “Ulysses bathroom” at Johnson Chapel, was among a group of distinguished authors and editors discussing the craft at Lit Fest 2016.


Charles Krauthammer Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and commentator Charles Krauthammer, who gave a lecture March 9 on the state of conservatism in the United States, meets with a small group of students before the talk. 

First Folio reception In May, visitors flocked to get a rare view of a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio, the one-volume edition of his works published in 1623, and only reliable text for about 20 of his plays, including “Macbeth” and “The Tempest.” The Mead Art Museum was the only Massachusetts stop for the Folger Shakespeare Library’s traveling exhibit, “First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare.”

Senior Assembly 2016 Held on the last day of classes (May 6, 2016), Senior Assembly is the annual celebration for the graduating class. Graduating seniors gather with faculty in Johnson Chapel to commemorate their time at Amherst College.

Baccalaureate 2016 Sheila Chukwulozie '17E sings and leads a dance at the 2016 Baccalaureate Celebration, a multi-faith celebration for Commencement held at Johnson Chapel. 

Amherst Reunion 2016 Three of the first nine women to graduate from Amherst College—Ruth Kremen ’76, Dorothy Schatzkin-Higgins ’76 and Wendy Mantel ’76—spoke at Reunion 2016 about what they’ve learned about work, relationships and family at “Legacy: Life Lessons from Amherst's First Women Graduates,” a panel hosted by the Class of 1976.

SURF Students A pair of tree swallow nestlings, two among 80 nests of birds monitored by students at the Amherst Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF), The high-demand ten-week SURF fellowships are designed to give undergraduates an opportunity to conduct research and experience what it’s like to be a scientist.

Residence Hall demolition 2016 saw the demolition of the last of the social dorms, to make room for a new Science Center.

New Greenway Dorms 2016 marked the opening of the Greenway, four new dormitories accommodating 296 students and offering a range of interior and exterior gathering spaces.

Orientation 2016
At 2016 Orientation, new students meet with their Orientation Leaders, staff and students who help the new students with move-in, accompany them at Orientation talks and activities, and facilitate squad discussions.

Orientation 2016 Incoming students participate in one of the immersive LEAP Programs (Learn, Explore, Activate, Participate). About thirty freshman danced, discussed, and performed short dramas that they wrote in one afternoon as part of the Creative Arts & Performance LEAP.

Ta-Nehisi Coates National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of "Between the World and Me,” attracted a sold-out crowd for his Sept. 16 talk on race, “Life Lessons.” Here Coates meets with a group of students, signing copies of the book.

Family Weekend 2016 The Sabrinas perform during Family Weekend at an A Cappella Showcase at Johnson Chapel. Oct. 29, 2016.

Amherst Uprising anniversary Marking the first anniversary of the 2015 Amherst Uprising at Frost Library the Amherst College community gathered at a student-run session to share stories, feelings and fears about the 2016 presidential election.

Amherst Uprising anniversary Amherst Uprising first anniversary.

Family Weekend 2016 Students at the football game, Amherst vs. Tufts at Pratt Field, during Family Weekend.

Homecoming 2016 Football players celebrate a win over Williams College during Homecoming 2016.

Building a snowman Students pose with a snowman they made on the Quad, Dec. 2016.

Aerial of campus An aerial of campus after a snowstorm in Dec. 2016.