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

Class of 2020 In-Person Commencement

The long-awaited in-person Commencement for the class of 2020 took place on June 12, 2022 and featured pandemic-delayed reunions, inspirational speeches, and more. 

Don’t Call It a Commencement

President Martin wearing regalia in her home
President Biddy Martin

May 31, 2020

With this year’s graduation exercises postponed, Amherst conferred degrees on seniors during the virtual “Celebration of the Class of 2020.” The event featured remarks from President Biddy Martin and Stanley O. Dunwell III ’20, and one surprise appearance.

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Class of 2020 Virtual Celebration

May 31, 2020

Our senior celebration included video messages from the community, an appearance by the student commencement speaker, a performance by the Choral Society, and a surprise special guest. Read transcript.

Order of the Program

President Biddy Martin

President Biddy Martin

Stanley Dunwell

Stanley Oscar Dunwell III ’20
  1. Faculty and Staff Congratulations to the Class of 2020 
  2. Welcome from President Biddy Martin (2:30)
  3. A Message from a Special Guest (10:09)
  4. Greetings from Stanley Oscar Dunwell III, Class of 2020 Student Commencement Speaker (14:55)
  5. Singing of “Three Gifts” (21:55)
  6. Remarks from Biddy Martin (25:05)
  7. A Mammoth Graduation (38:45)
  8. Conferral of Degrees (39:40)
  9. Class of 2020 Graduate Names (43:35)

Virtual Celebration Slideshow

close-up of diploma being held by a graduate

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.

Johnson Chapel in spring

Senior Awards & Prizes 2020

See the list of Class of 2020 award winners.

President Biddy Martin in her office

Letter from President Martin

Read President Biddy Martin’s letter to the Class of 2020 announcing a virtual celebration on May 31, 2020, and an on-campus celebration in 2021.

Students stand holding hands around the War Memorial

Looking Back on the Class of 2020

View photos of the Class of 2020 over the past four years, beginning with Orientation 2016.

Mammoth looks into the camera

Class of 2020 Social Graphics

Show your pride! Choose from a variety of Instagram filters, Facebook frames, and more.