Amherst College’s 199th Commencement

Held on June 11, 2022

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Honorary Degrees
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Amherst vs. Williams

Commencement 2020: Closure, Finally

Three students in commencement regalia walking on the Amherst College quad after graduation

June 12, 2022

The long-awaited in-person Commencement for the class of 2020 featured pandemic-delayed reunions, inspirational speeches and a facetious rebuttal of Williams College’s pardon for “historic crimes” committed by Amherst.

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Why They Came Back, and What They Said

Read a compilation of memorable quotes from Commencement, and answers to a simple question: Why did you come back?

Stanley Oscar Dunwell speaks at Commencement, with a large crowd and international flags behind him
Stanley Oscar Dunwell III ’20 delivered the senior speech (photo by Haoran Tong ’23)
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Class of 2020 Honorary Degrees

Four influential leaders in geoscience, higher education, poetry and literature will be awarded honorary degrees at the 2020 Commencement ceremony in June.   

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A Snapshot of the Resilient Class of 2020

On May 31, 2020 the College recognized and honored the Class of 2020 graduates in a virtual celebration. See facts and figures about the students of the Class of 2020.

screenshot of Biddy Martin and student awardees during the virtual celebration of 2020

Class of 2020 Virtual Celebration Archive

Re-watch the speeches and the rest of the virtual event of May 31, 2020. And get ready for the in-person ceremony on June 11, 2022!