May 8, 2000
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.-Four hundred and twenty-seven men and women are scheduled to receive Bachelor of Arts degrees at the 179th Commencement Exercises at Amherst College, to be held Sunday, May 21, at 10 a.m. in the Main Quadrangle. Speakers at the ceremonies will be President Tom Gerety and a member of the Class of 2000, Johnnie L. Odom II, an English and history major from Gulf Breeze, Fla.

On Saturday, May 20, at 2 p.m. in the Quadrangle, Senior Class Day Exercises will be held. Prizes will be awarded, and two seniors, Gwyneth Connell, an American studies major from Great Barrington, Mass., and David Feldman, a philosophy major from Philadelphia, will offer brief remarks.

Bill Amend has been chosen by the seniors to deliver the main address on Class Day.
A physics major who graduated from Amherst in 1984, Amend went on to create "FoxTrot" in 1988. The comic strip now syndicated in more than 1000 newspapers.

"FoxTrot" is the daily story of a contemporary American family. One son is rarely seen without his Amherst baseball cap. But 10-year-old Jason may be closest to Amend. This overachieving nerd reads the American Journal of Physics for fun-a journal edited by Robert Romer, Amend's former physics professor at Amherst.

A Baccalaureate Service will be held on Saturday, May 20, at 10 a.m. in Johnson Chapel. The baccalaureate speaker will be Radhika Coomaraswamy, a lawyer, human rights activist and Special Rapporteur to the United Nations on Violence Against Women.

Amherst will also honor an elementary and three high school teachers, chosen by the senior class to receive the Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Teaching Awards. The names of seven honorary degree recipients will be announced on May 18.