Occurring at the beginning of the fall semester, Convocation is the first formal gathering of the first-year students. President Elliott and the faculty, all in academic regalia, formally welcome first-year students to the College. It is also a time for some of the recently promoted professors to be awarded honorary Amherst College degrees. The ceremony includes a formal procession and performances by the Amherst College Glee Club, and is traditionally held on the evening before classes begin.

Convocation is intended for faculty and first-year students. Returning students, staff, alumni, and community members are invited to watch via live stream. 

students in Johnson Chapel for Convocation

Convocation 2023

Watch video, see photos, and read the news story about Convocation 2023.