Amherst College Commencement

Amherst College’s 193rd Commencement took place on Sunday, May 25, 2014. Sun, 70-degree temperatures and a slight breeze made the outdoor event pleasant for an estimated 5,000 families and friends, who gathered to see the 474 students receive their bachelor’s degrees. Commencement included the awarding of honorary doctorates to seven distinguished guests, and capped a weekend of activities that included lectures, concerts and other festivities.

Presidential Address


Presidential Address

Watch Biddy Martin’s address to the Class of 2014.

Katherine Sisk '14


Senior Class Speech

Watch Katherine Sisk ’14 address her classmates.

Thai Lee ’80


Conversations with Honored Guests

Hear Saturday’s talks by honorary degree recipients.

Dean Call opens senior assembly


Senior Assembly

Hear speeches and see photos from Senior Assembly 2014.

Richard Wilbur


Poetry Reading

Watch video of Richard Wilbur ’42 reading “Seed Leaves.”

photos  See Commencement photos on Amherst’s Flickr site.


Read about the honorary degrees, Medal for Eminent Service, Swift Moore Teaching Awards, and honorary class members.

News Releases

Amherst President Martin to Class of 2014: “Celebrate What You Have Achieved and Ramify”

Amherst College’s Class of 2014 and Commencement, By the Numbers

Member of Class of 1989 to Receive Amherst College’s Medal for Eminent Service at Commencement May 25

New York Times Commentator, Olympic Gold Medal-Winning Swimmer and Renowned Statistician Among Seven to Be Honored at Amherst College Commencement May 25