Highlights from the Bicentennial Class of 2021

Take a look back at moments in the lives of the Class of 2021.

Video and photos by Maria Stenzel.

Scroll down for the video of the entire Commencement ceremony.

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Family Photo Messages

See photos of families and friends congratulating members of the Class of 2021!

 Bella Edo 21 speaks at a podium

Senior Assembly

Held to honor the academic achievements of the graduating class, Senior Assembly 2021 featured addresses by Bella Edo ’21, Olivia Gieger ’21, and Professor Lisa Brooks.

Commencement Ceremony, May 30, 2021

Watch the entire ceremony.

Or watch excerpts:
Jordan Andrews’ Speech
President Martin’ Speech

Read the transcript of President Biddy Martin’s speech

Class Rings, Diploma Frames & Commencement Announcements 

To order a personalized class ring, please visit the Jostens website or email mary.darrone@jostens.com. Diploma frames may be ordered from Herff Jones. Commencement announcements may be ordered from Framing Success. Orders for these items are placed directly with the vendors.

lawn sign with mammoth saying congratulations class of 2021

Lawn Signs

Congratulate your Amherst grad with a fun lawn sign. You can order signs through the College, or download a PDF of our signs to print out yourself or get printed locally.

A t-shirt, sweatshirt, mug and book arranged in a square

The Bicentennial Store Is Open!

Amherst is partnering with A.J. Hastings to celebrate the Bicentennial with clothes, gear, books, and more. We’re excited to show our pride. Gear up to show yours!

animation of cartoon mammoths gathered for commencement holding signs saying congratulations class of 2021

Contact Us

Please contact Conferences and Special Events at (413) 542-2845 or events@amherst.edu if you have questions about Commencement or senior activiites. 

Class of 2020

Amherst College continues to consider the possibility of hosting an in-person experience for the Class of 2020. Our goal is to bring the Class of 2020 back to campus for a celebration when public health conditions allow for a large campus gathering that does not require physical distancing. Members of the Class of 2020 are encouraged to update their contact information within the Alumni Directory to receive updates.


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

Future Commencements

2022: Sunday, May 29
2023: Sunday, May 21