Sunday, May 28, 2023

The Commencement ceremony took place on Sunday, May 28, on the Main Quadrangle with a formal academic procession. The ceremony included remarks by President Elliott and the senior class speaker, Quentin Liren Jeyaretnam ’23; the presentation of the Swift Moore Teaching Awards and Honorary Degrees; performances by the Glee Club; and the awarding of degrees. 

President Elliott in regalia speaking at podium

President’s Address

“Advancing a free and just society lies with us all,” said President Michael Elliott in his speech at Commencement 2023. 

Quentin Jeyaretnam

“Wherever you go from here on out, you are home.”

Jeyaretnam, a military veteran from Singapore who began his Amherst career at age 22, delivered the senior speech at Commencement 2023.

‘No Place, No Person is Too Small to Have a Larger Meaning to the World’

Three student marshals leading the class of 2023.

May 28, 2023

At Amherst’s 202nd Commencement on May 28, President Michael A. Elliott urged this year’s graduates and their families and friends to work together to protect rights and freedoms everywhere, and to advance a free and just society.

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three student class marshalls at Senior Assembly in Johnson Chapel

Senior Assembly 2023

Senior Assembly took place in Johnson Chapel on May 9 and featured addresses by Ernest (E.J.) Terrell Collins Jr. ’23; Maya Roberts ’23; and Edward Melillo, Professor of History and Environmental Studies.

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Future Commencements

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Past Commencements

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