Welcome Center & Housing Check-In
All returning graduates must visit the Welcome Center in Alumni Gymnasium to pick up regalia, rain tickets, and class celebration tickets. Graduates and guests staying on campus may pick up their keys and have their vaccinations verified.
The Welcome Center will be open during the following times:
Friday, June 10 • 3–9 PM
Saturday, June 11 • 8 AM – 3 PM
Guests staying in campus housing will need to either be vaccinated (proof of vaccination and a photo ID required) or show proof of a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours of arrival to campus. In addition, KN95 masks will be required at all events, based on current campus protocols.
Parking permits are not required during Commencement weekend, and you may park vehicles in regular campus parking spaces. Friday through Sunday; however, no parking is allowed along the War Memorial side of the Main Quadrangle, or near Johnson Chapel at the Main Quadrangle. Parking around the Quadrangle will be restricted; please observe all posted signs. Vehicles parked on the Main Quad before the Commencement ceremony on Sunday are subject to be towed. Cars may be parked in Converse, Hills, O’Connell and Orr Rink parking lots. Oversized vehicles (RVs) should be parked in the Hills lot.
On Saturday, shuttles will run between campus parking lots and Frost Library.
The Shuttles will run continuously from 8:00 to 10:00 AM and Noon to 1:30 PM.
Route 1: South Parking Lot (stop #1), Orr Rink Parking Lot (stop #2), Frost Library (stop #3), return to South Lot.
Route 2: Hills Parking Lot (stop #1), O’Connell Parking Lot (stop #2), Frost Library (stop #3), return to Hills Lot.
Route 3: Alumni House Parking Lot (stop #1), Converse Parking Lot (stop #2), Frost Library (stop #3), return to Alumni Lot.
Due to high demand, we are not able to offer on-campus housing to anyone who requested waitlist rooms for family or friends or who registered after the deadline of May 18.
Housing is offered from 3 p.m. on Friday, June 10, to 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 12.
If you arrive after the Welcome Center closes and are staying in campus housing, please call the Amherst College Dispatch Center business line at (413) 542–2291. You must go to the Amherst College Dispatch Center and complete an attestation to COVID vaccination or testing compliance. A Community Service Officer or a Community Safety Assistant will accompany you to the room you have been assigned and unlock the door for the evening. You can then return to the Welcome Center in the morning to check in and get your room key.
Meals will be served cafeteria-style either in Valentine Hall or outdoors on the Valentine Quad at the following times:
Lunch 12 – 1:30 p.m.
Dinner 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Breakfast 8 – 10 a.m.
Lunch 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Breakfast 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Lunch 12 – 1:30 p.m.
All graduates, their families and members of the faculty, staff and administration are invited to the Commencement Luncheon on Saturday, June 11, on the Valentine Quadrangle (in case of rain, Valentine Hall). There is no charge.
Class Celebration for Graduates
The Class Celebration (modeled on the traditional Senior Celebration) will take place on Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. in Coolidge Cage. Light hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served.
Graduates may bring one guest to the Class Celebration. Please pick up tickets when checking in at the Welcome Center.
The Commencement ceremony will be held outdoors on the Main Quadrangle in all but the most severe weather.
If the event is outdoors, seating for guests will be unlimited and no tickets will be required.
If severe weather forces us indoors, seating will be limited and tickets will be required for guests. Graduates can pick up tickets at the Welcome Center in Alumni Gymnasium. Each graduate will receive three tickets for family and friends. Other guests will be able to watch a livestream of the ceremony in Johnson Chapel or Stirn Auditorium.
We understand that Commencement is an important experience for students and families. GradImages will be taking pictures of the seniors as they receive their class canes from President Martin. To order a photo, visit GradImages.com and search by last name, school and year.
The Office of Communications will have photographers at Commencement assigned to general coverage. These photos will be made available, in full resolution and free of charge, on the Amherst College Flickr site in the weeks following Commencement. You are welcome to download, share, print and send these photos. The link to these photos will be posted on the Commencement website as soon as it’s available.
Amherst College Alcohol Policy
All alcohol must be served by a TIPS-certified bartender or Amherst College staff. BYO parties and no-host bars are not permitted on campus.
Massachusetts Drinking Laws
In Massachusetts, all persons under the age of 21 are prohibited from purchasing, otherwise procuring, transporting and/or consuming alcoholic beverages. It is illegal to serve alcoholic beverages to an already intoxicated person. Any sale of alcoholic beverages without a license is also prohibited. Public consumption or conveyance of alcohol in open containers is illegal in the Town of Amherst. This includes the presence of open containers in vehicles as well as the carrying of such containers on sidewalks, streets, the Town Common, etc.
Reception Desk for questions about housing and requests for special transportation arrangements on Saturday. (This phone will be active only during the Welcome Center hours listed above.)
Amherst College Police Non-Emergency (for those who may be locked out of their rooms)
Amherst College Police Emergency
Emergencies & Medical Services
Emergencies: Amherst College Police (413) 542-2111
- Cooley Dickinson Urgent Care Clinic, 170 University Drive in Amherst, (413) 582-4400
- CVS MinuteClinic, 165 University Drive in Amherst, (866) 389-2727
- Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust Street, Northampton, MA, (413) 582-2000
Not Attending in Person? Get a Program and Cane Mailed to You
All graduates’ names will be read and listed in the Commencement program. If you will not be attending, please let us know so we can mail a copy of the program and your Conway class cane to you.