Commencement 2018 will be held on Sunday, May 20, 2018.

phone  Questions about the weekend’s events? Contact Conferences and Special Events at (413) 542-7666.

Graduates toss their caps into the air after the Commencement ceremony

2018 Commencement Schedule

See details on all the weekend’s events, including the times and locations of talks, luncheons and more.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Among Six to be Honored at Commencement

Six leaders in the fields of literature and feminism, political theory, civil rights advocacy, environmental security, art history and epidemiology and children’s health will receive honorary degrees.

Commencement Map

Commencement Map

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

The Class of 2018 and Commencement

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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.

News Story


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.

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Senior Celebration

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


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

Future Commencements

Commencement 2018 will be held on Sunday, May 20, 2018.
Commencement 2019 will be held on Sunday, May 26, 2019.