Commencement Morning

Graduating seniors gather for Commencement with their caps and gowns in the Alumni Gymnasium at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday. Breakfast will be available in the gym starting at 8 a.m. Commencement staff and the student marshals will be lining up the procession as planned during the Commencement rehearsal. Students process up Memorial Hill and around the Main Quadrangle at 10 a.m. and are seated accordingly. 


At Commencement, students are given individual diplomas. The diplomas measure 10" by 13" and are handed to students inside an inscribed tube.

The diplomas are issued in Latin. The English transcription follows:

The Trustees of Amherst College give greetings in The Lord to all readers of this letter. Let it be known that it is our decision to give (name), in accordance with his deserts, the title and rank of Bachelor of Arts (appropriate level) and we have granted him all the honors, dignities, insignia, rights and privileges pertaining to the rank in these United States.

Witness to this:

The Public seal of the college and the signature of the President appended to this letter. 

AMHERST, MASSACHUSETTS, on the (day, month) in the year of Human Salvation (current year) of the American Republic (year)

President’s Signature

Medical Services During Commencement Weekend

The Keefe Health Center is open for part of Commencement Weekend. The Keefe Health Center at 95 College Street will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, closed on Saturday and open from 9 a.m. to 2 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 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 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.

On-Campus Parties

Information for on-campus parties can be found at guidelines for parties.