Commencement Headquarters

alumni house

During the Commencement Weekend, Commencement Headquarters is located in the Alumni House and short-stay parking is available in front of the building (see parking map). Guides can provide a Schedule of Events, on-campus residence hall room keys, Commencement rain tickets (students must bring ID to pick up tickets), concert tickets, information on events in the area and lists of restaurants and local lodging. Headquarters will be open starting on Friday at 1 p.m. 

Dining on Campus

valentine dining hall

Valentine Hall will be open during Commencement Weekend. Breakfast on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Lunch on Friday will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner on Friday will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday's family lunch will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and Sunday's family lunch will follow Commencement.

Schwemm’s Gourmet Coffee House in Keefe Campus Center is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m to 2 p.m.

Medical Services

The Student Health Service is open for Commencement Weekend. The Keefe Health Center at 95 College Street will be open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, closed on Saturday and open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The Amherst College Emergency Medical Services team (ACEMS) can be reached by calling 413/542-2111.

Students and families with urgent medical needs over the weekend can go to the AEIOU urgent care clinic located at 170 University Drive in Amherst (across from Big Y). Their telephone number is 413/461-3530. AEIOU Hours: Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Treatment is also available at the CVS MinuteClinic located at 165 University Drive in Amherst. Their telephone number is 866/389-2727. CVS MinuteClinic Hours: Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For emergencies, contact Amherst College Police at 413/542-2111. The nearest hospital for emergency care is Cooley Dickinson Hospital, located at 30 Locust Street in Northampton, Mass. Their telephone number is 413/582-2000.

Photographs and Video Recording

We understand that Commencement is an important experience for students and families. With this in mind, we are happy to offer the following help for those interested in photography during the ceremony.

Commencement Photos, Inc. (telephone 978/851-5924) will be taking pictures of each senior as they receive their diploma from the president. Photo packages will be available to all either through the Commencement Photos website, or as a result of mailings to the families of the graduates. As a gift to the class, CPI will also be taking a photo of each senior after they receive their cane. The 4x6 photo, free of charge, will be included in the sample photo mailing from CPI in the weeks following Commencement.

The Office of Communications will have several photographers at Commencement assigned to general coverage. These photos will be made available, in full resolution and free of charge, on the Amherst College Flickr site in the week following Commencement. You are welcome to download, share, print and send these photos. The link to these photos will be posted on the Commencement website as soon as it's available.

Photographs after the ceremony: Some wonderful locations to capture a photo of your happy graduate after the ceremony include:

  • The Stage Area: After the recessional has left the stage area, guests are invited to take photos on or near the stage.
  • War Memorial: Using the Holyoke range as the background, the War Memorial offers a stunning option for photos.
  • Stearns Steeple: Located just in front of the entrance to the Mead Museum, the steeple with its granite exterior provides an austere and elegant backdrop.

Video - We will be live-streaming the Commencement ceremony and the link will be found on our homepage on Commencement Day. The video will be posted to our Commencement website in the days that follow the event.

Parking permits are not required during Commencement Weekend, and you may park vehicles in regular campus parking spaces. Friday through Sunday, however, no parking is allowed along the War Memorial side of the Main Quadrangle, or near Johnson Chapel at the Quadrangle. Parking elsewhere around the Quadrangle will be restricted; observe all posted signs. Cars may be parked in Converse, Hills, O’Connell and Orr Rink parking lots. Oversized vehicles (RVs) should be parked in the Hills lot.

Social Media

We invite you to follow @AmherstCollege on Twitter and amherstcollege on Instagram, and to tag your Commencement Weekend tweets and photos with #Amherst2017.

     

On-Campus Parties

Please see Guidelines for On-Campus Parties.


The crowd at Commnencement

Accessibility

All of our Commencement event locations are accessible. Find information on van rides, wheelchair rentals and more.