Video: 2018 Commencement Ceremony

May 20, 2018

Watch the entire Commencement ceremony, from the formal opening to the last diploma being awarded.

Commencement 2018 • Sunday, May 20, 2018

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President Biddy Martin addressing the Class of 2018 during Commencement

Presidential Address

Watch the video and read a transcript of President Biddy Martin’s address to the Class of 2018.

Senior Speaker Noor Meloy Qasim

Senior Class Speech

Noor Meloy Qasim ’18 was chosen by her class to speak at Commencement.

President Martin to the Class of 2018: “Let the Poetic Be Your Guide”

Amherst graduates process onto the quad during Commencement 2018
As the rain held off and thousands of loved ones looked on, Amherst awarded B.A. degrees to more than 480 seniors

Commencement 2018

In a speech full of references to literature, song and political theory, Amherst President Biddy Martin encouraged the College’s class of 2018 to “bring a poetic approach to politics.” The event also featured an address by student speaker Noor Qasim ’18, the awarding of six honorary doctorates and performances by the Choral Society.

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Danielle S. Allen speaking at a microphone

Conversations with Honored Guests

Hear audio recordings of Saturday’s talks by honorary degree recipients.

Baccalaureate celebration in Johnson Chapel

Baccalaureate 2018

See photos of the Saturday morning multifaith gathering that included music, readings, dance and an address on “Hope in a Time of Polarization” by Rabbi Joshua Stanton ’08.

Rebecca Segal ’18 holds up her hand in oath, by an American flag

ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

See the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps ceremony commissioning Rebecca Segal ’18 as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. 

Three student Class Marshals and the Faculty Marshall in regalia

Senior Assembly 2018

Held the evening of the last day of classes, Senior Assembly is a traditional ceremony in which the Amherst College faculty honors the graduating students.

blurred photo of students dancing

Senior Celebration

The Senior Celebration dinner and dance took place on May 2, 2018.

The Class of 2018 and Commencement

Graduation cap with a colorful design added to it

By the Numbers

For Amherst, no detail is too small when it comes to recognizing the excellence of graduating seniors, as well as orchestrating the Commencement celebrations honoring them.

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Commencement Map

Commencement Map

Commencement locations, parking, headquarters and general information are identified on this map for your convenience. 

Questions About Housing?

If you have any questions, please contact Paula Mieczkowski at Find more information about housing.

Housing for Commencement 2019 will open in early December, 2018.



Find speeches, photos and multimedia from previous years in our Commencement archive.

Future Commencements

Commencement 2019 will be held on Sunday, May 26, 2019.