COVID-19 Protocols

We are asking that guests either be vaccinated or show proof of a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours of arrival to campus. In addition, we anticipate that masks will be required at all indoor events, based on current campus protocols.

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Commencement Information

This spring, Amherst will host two celebrations: Commencement for the Class of 2022 in May; and a special, on-campus Commencement for the Class of 2020 in June.

Poet Sonia Sanchez, Author Gary Shteyngart Among Eight To Be Honored at Two Commencements This Year

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Honorees for 2020 and 2022

In this special year, honory degrees and awards will be bestowed for both the Class of 2022 and the Class of 2020.

Press Release

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General Information

Parking, dining, photography, class rings, visitor activities, medical services, and more.

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All of our Commencement event locations are accessible. Find information on van rides, wheelchair rentals, and more. 

Contact Us

Please contact Conferences and Special Events at (413) 542-2845 or if you have questions about Commencement or senior activities. 


Find speeches, photos, and multimedia in our Commencement archive.

Future Commencements

Class of 2022: Sunday, May 29, 2022
Class of 2020 Special Commencement: Saturday, June 11, 2022
Class of 2023: Sunday, May 28, 2023