On-Campus Commencements

In the spring of 2021, Amherst College hopes to hold two distinct Commencements—one for the class of 2021, and an in-person Commencement for the class of 2020. The final decision will be based in part on the course of the pandemic over the next several months. 

Class of 2021

At this time, we are planning Commencement for the class of 2021 on its originally scheduled date, Sunday, May 30. We remain optimistic that we will be able to have an in-person Commencement as traditionally planned; however it is not yet clear if families will be able to participate in any in-person events. We will post Commencement updates on this web page.

Class of 2020

The date for the in-person Commencement for the Class of 2020 has not yet been finalized. Confirmation of the exact date will be shared with families as soon as possible. 

signs for every graduate on the quad

Class of 2020 Virtual Celebration

Watch video of the virtual celebration—and see awards, slideshows, new stories, and more.


Find speeches, photos, and multimedia in our Commencement archive.

Future Commencements

2022: Sunday, May 22
2023: Sunday, May 21

Contact Us

Austin Huot, Commencement director, and the staff in the office of conferences and special events (CASE) coordinate the annual Commencement activities. Please contact CASE at (413) 542-2845 or if you have questions about Commencement.