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

Questions? If you have any questions about the weekend’s events, please contact Conferences and Special Events at (413) 542-2232.

aerial view of Greenway dorms and campus

On-Campus Housing for Families

Amherst offers residence hall housing at a nominal fee to families of graduating seniors. Learn more and register (registration deadline is May 1).

Commencement Archive: 2017

Watch videos, see photos, and read news stories about the Class of 2017.

Watch the Entire Commencement 2017 Ceremony

May 21, 2017

Watch Sunday’s ceremony—from the procession arriving on the quad to the last diploma being awarded—right here.

President Biddy Martin

Presidential Address

Watch the video and read a transcript of President Biddy Martin’s address to the Class of 2017.

Amir Denze Hall '17 gives the Senior Class Speech

Senior Class Speech

Amir Denzel Hall ’17 was chosen by the Class of 2017 to deliver the Senior Class Speech.

Esther Duflo talk

Conversations with Honored Guests

Hear the talks by our distinguished honorary degree recipients.


Honorary Degrees

Read about our honorees in our news story, watch video of them receiving their awards during the Commencement ceremony, and read the citations.

Gospel Choir singing at the Baccalaureate service


The 2017 Baccalaureate Celebration featured music, readings, dance and an address by Hussein Rashid, Ph.D., of Barnard College.

procession at Senior Assembly

Senior Assembly 2017

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.


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.