2023 Commencement Preliminary Schedule

Questions? Call the Office of Conferences and Special Events, at (413) 542-2845.


Friday, May 26, 2023

1 to 9 p.m.
Welcome Center and Housing Check-in for seniors and families. Alumni House (see parking map).
5 p.m. 
Commencement Rehearsal. Mandatory for seniors; families need not attend. Main Quadrangle (Johnson Chapel in case of rain).

Saturday, May 27, 2023

8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Welcome Center and Housing Check-in for seniors and families. Alumni House (see parking map).
9 a.m.
Phi Beta Kappa Meeting. Induction ceremony for new members of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest honor society of arts and sciences. Students elected to membership in this honor society are those of the highest standing. Remarks delivered by speaker to be announced in the spring. Stirn Auditorium.
10 a.m.
Baccalaureate Celebration. Seniors play a significant role in this interfaith gathering that includes music, readings, dance and an address by a speaker to be announced. Johnson Chapel.
11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Conversations with Honored Guests
To be announced

12:30 to 2 p.m.
Luncheon for seniors, families, faculty and staff. In the event of inclement weather, lunch will be served under the large tent on Valentine Quad. Additional seating will be available in Valentine Dining Hall. 
Valentine Quadrangle
1 p.m.
Sigma Xi Meeting. Induction ceremony for new members of The Scientific Research Society.  Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons, Valentine Hall.
2 to 3 p.m.
Conversations with Honored Guests
To be announced 

3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
Conversations with Honored Guests
To be announced

9:15 p.m.
Choral Society Concert. The Choral Society includes the Chorus, the Glee Club and the Concert Choir, directed by Arianne Abela. The performance will feature music from all over the world as well as traditional Amherst songs. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $5 for senior citizens and children 12 and under, and free for Amherst and Five College students with ID. Tickets are available in the Alumni House during Welcome Center hours and in the lobby of  the Arms Music Center starting at 8:15 p.m. on the evening of the performance.  
Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center.

Sunday, May 28, 2023

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Welcome Center Open. Alumni House (see parking map).
10 a.m.
The 202nd Commencement. Addresses by President Michael Elliott and a student to be announced. 
Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Teaching Awards.
Main Quadrangle. 
12:30 to 2 p.m.
Luncheon for seniors, families, faculty and staff. In the event of inclement weather, lunch will be served under the large tent on Valentine Quad. Additional seating will be available in Valentine Dining Hall. Valentine Quadrangle.

Note: Barring severe weather, Commencement is held outdoors on the Main Quadrangle, a shaded green space in the center of campus with ample seating. Tickets are required only if Commencement is moved indoors. Due to occupancy limitations, each graduating student is limited to two ticketed guests, should the ceremony be moved indoors. Ticketed guests will be seated in the indoor venue, and remaining family and friends will have the opportunity to watch a livestream of the event from multiple locations on campus. Indoor tickets are distributed to graduates during Commencement weekend. To learn the location of Sunday’s Commencement ceremony, call (413) 542-INFO (4636) or go to Amherst.edu/commencement after 8 a.m. on Sunday.