Amherst Fact: Commencement by the Numbers

Nations and states represented by this year's senior class: Amherst College

Nations and states represented by this year’s seniors: 29 countries (including Australia, Botswana, China, Germany, Iceland, Kazakhstan, Nepal, South Africa, Switzerland and Taiwan) and 41 U.S. states and territories. The Class of 2018 and Commencement, By the Numbers

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Mohamed Ahmed Ramy ’18

Mohamed Ahmed Ramy ’18

“I turned to my father and listened carefully to his parting words: Kol ma yatamanah almar’ yedrekoh. ‘Everything a person dreams of can be realized.’ ”  Mohamed Ahmed Ramy ’18 addressing his classmates at Senior Assembly.

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Foster “Butch” Brown ’73

Quote by Foster Brown

“To keep both our focus and sense of humor, we describe our project as one to save the Earth in two years, and then we will move on to save Mars or Venus.” — Foster “Butch” Brown ’73, an environmental geochemist, speaking about his collaborative environmental work in the Amazon rainforest.

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Amherst Fact

Facts about Solar Power

By joining with four peer schools in a pioneering partnership, Amherst College will replace nearly half its energy use with solar power—and reduce its carbon footprint by 17.5 percent.  Learn More About the Partnership.

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Emily Dickinson's Words

Emily Dickinson words

Like. Little. Upon. One. Words most used by Emily Dickinson. Students in Data Science taught by Professor of Statistics Nick Horton, studied Emily Dickinson, not just as a poet, but as the generator of a complex data set.

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President Biddy Martin

Quote from President Biddy Martin: "The College's distinctive combination of core values is never more important."

“The College’s distinctive combination of core values—critical thinking, persistent questioning, pursuit of truth, freedom of inquiry, freedom of expression, equity, civility, and friendship—is never more important.” President Biddy Martin, announcing the start of the College’s new fundraising campaign.

NOTE: The Promise campaign launched this weekend with talks, performances and a dinner.

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Cuthbert “Tuffy” Simpkins ’69

A quote by Cuthbert Simpkins

“Are you for the seemingly simple and straightforward ideas of freedom, justice and equality? The only positive response is a maximum uncompromising effort to accomplish these ideas. Don't sit back and say, ‘I have done my part.’ ” Cuthbert “Tuffy” Simpkins ’69, writing in The Amherst Student 50 years ago about the April 4, 1968, assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

NOTE: In the new Amherst magazine, Simpkins reflects on Harold Wade Jr. ’68, who spoke at Johnson Chapel about King on April 5, 1968.

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Pam Allyn ’84

"Literature is the heartbeat of what it means to be free." Pam Allyn ’84

“Literature is the heartbeat of what it means to be free.”  Pam Allyn ’84,  is the founder of LitWorld.

NOTE: Learn more about LitWorld: Strengthening kids and communities through the power of their own stories. 

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