Convocation is the academic year's first formal gathering of the first-year students, at which President Elliott and the faculty, all dressed in academic regalia, welcome the students to Amherst College. It is also a time for recently promoted professors to be awarded honorary Amherst College degrees. The ceremony includes a formal procession, remarks by President Elliott and performances by the Amherst College Glee Club.
This event is intended for faculty and first-year students. Returning students, alumni and community members are invited to watch via livestream. A video recording and a transcript of Opening Convocation will be available after the event.