Amherst College Bicentennial 1821 2021

Opening Convocation 2021


(All rise.)

Festive Baroque Processional in B♭

Heroic Music from 17th-Century French & English Composers
Arranged by Brooks Holmes

Brooks Holmes, trumpet
Mary May, organ

(Please be seated.)

Conferring of Honorary Degrees

President Biddy Martin
Provost and Dean of the Faculty Catherine Epstein

Sara J. Brenneis
Jen Manion
Katharine R. E. Sims
Christopher S. van den Berg

Music: Three Gifts

Words and music by Lisa Smith Van der Linden ’89

Performed by the Choral Society
Arianne Abela, director


President Biddy Martin 

Music: Hymn to Amherst

Henry G. Mishkin

(All rise; words below.)

Recessional: Voluntary

Henry Purcell

Brooks Holmes, trumpet
Mary May, organ

(Students remain standing until the faculty have recessed.)

Hymn to Amherst

In the light of Amherst eyes
Her beauty lives forever,
Still as shining as the ties
That bind our lives together.
In the temple of these hills
Beauty has her altar,
Where the eye of mem’ry thrills
To Amherst, ever fair.

In the strength of Amherst minds
True learning shall not wither,
Nor the joy of one who finds
What seeking brought us hither.
Those who teach and those who learn
Build a living city,
Where the eye and mind return
To Amherst, ever free.

In the love of Amherst hearts
Abides her greatest glory,
As the future still imparts
The old, unchanging story.
Youth and beauty, learning, faith,
Bound by friendship’s charter
To the college we have made
With eye and mind and heart.

Words by Janet Barton Morgan