2018 Commencement Weekend Schedule

Questions? Call Austin Huot, 2018 Commencement director, at 413/542-7666.


Friday, May 18, 2018

1 to 9 p.m.
Welcome Center and Housing Check-in for seniors and families. Alumni House (see parking map).
5 p.m. 
Commencement Rehearsal. Mandatory for seniors; families need not attend. Main Quadrangle (Johnson Chapel in case of rain).

Saturday, May 19, 2018

8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Welcome Center and Housing Check-in for seniors and families. Alumni House (see parking map).
9 a.m.
Phi Beta Kappa Meeting. Induction ceremony for new members of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest honor society of arts and sciences. Remarks by Kannan Jagannathan, Bruce B. Benson ’43 and Lucy Wilson Benson Professor of Physics. Stirn Auditorium.
10 a.m.
Baccalaureate Celebration. Seniors play a significant role in this multifaith gathering that includes music, readings, dance and an address on “Hope in a Time of Polarization” by Rabbi Joshua Stanton ’08, Rabbi of East End Temple in Manhattan and a Senior Fellow at CLAL - The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. Johnson Chapel.
11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Conversations with Honored Guests
Kellie Jones 81 “Women and the Dreamwork.” Talk by art historian and curator Kellie Elisabeth Jones ’81, associate professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology and the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University. 
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall.

Philip J Landrigan Human Health in a Changing Global Environment.” Talk by Philip J. Landrigan, professor of environmental medicine and pediatrics and dean for global health in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. 
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall.
12 to 1 p.m.
Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Commissioning Ceremony. Commissioning of Rebecca Segal ’18 as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. Commissioning speaker: U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton. (All welcome). Johnson Chapel.
12:30 to 2 p.m.
Luncheon for seniors, families, faculty and staff. In the event of inclement weather, lunch will be served under the large tent on Valentine Quad. Additional seating will be available in Valentine Dining Hall. 
Valentine Quadrangle
1 p.m.
Sigma Xi Meeting. Induction ceremony for new members of The Scientific Research Society. Professor Stephen A. George, The Manwell Family Professor of Life Sciences, Emeritus Professor of Biology and Neuroscience will be giving the remarks. 
Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons, Valentine Hall.
2 to 3 p.m.
Conversations with Honored Guests
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie “Writing Fiction and Performing Citizenship.” Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, acclaimed author and speaker on issues of race and gender, and leader of Nigeria’s Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop. 
Stirn Auditorium.
Sherri Goodman '81 “Environmental and Climate Security for the 21st Century.” Talk by environmental security advocate Sherri Wasserman Goodman ’81, senior fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program and Polar Initiative and former U.S. deputy undersecretary of defense. 
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall.
3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
Conversations with Honored Guests
Danielle Allen “Cuz: On Writing Memoir and Trying to Change the World.” Talk by classicist and political theorist Danielle S. Allen, the James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University and director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. 
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall.
Morris Dees “One Nation with Liberty and Justice for All.” Talk by civil rights activist Morris Dees, co-founder and chief trial counsel of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Stirn Auditorium.

4:30 to 6 p.m.
President Biddy Martin President’s Reception. President Biddy Martin hosts a gathering for seniors, families and members of the faculty and staff.
Garden of the President’s House.

9:15 p.m.
Choral Society Concert. Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Welcome Center Open. Alumni House (see parking map).
10 a.m.
The 197th Commencement. Addresses by President Biddy Martin and Noor Meloy Qasim ’18. Marshal: Peter R. Pouncey Professor of Mathematics Gregory Call. Honorary Marshal: Emily Stern ’83 P’18. Medal for Eminent Service: Peter A. Nadosy. Student Marshals: Kennedy Countess ’18, Fernando Liu Lopez ’18 and Olivia Mastrangelo ’18.

Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Teaching Awards: Jeffrey D. Cramer, a physics teacher from Henry W. Grady High School in Atlanta, Georgia, nominated by Elias Mansbach ’18; Charles H. Frankenbach III, an English teacher from The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT, nominated by Irisdelia Garcia ’18; and Barbara A. Gribbins-Krollage, an English teacher from West Islip High School in West Islip, NY, nominated by Scott Nelson ’18.

The Conway Canes for each graduating senior are a gift from the Fund for Conway Canes, endowed by Brian J. Conway ’80 and Kevin J. Conway ’80. The canes are being distributed by Brian J. Conway ’80.
Main Quadrangle. 
12:30 to 2 p.m.
Luncheon for seniors, families, faculty and staff. In the event of inclement weather, lunch will be served under the large tent on Valentine Quad. Additional seating will be available in Valentine Dining Hall. Valentine Quadrangle.

Note: When Commencement is outdoors, seating is unlimited, and no tickets are required. If severe weather forces Commencement indoors, the event will be held in LeFrak Gymnasium, where seating is limited to ticket holders. Each graduating senior may pick up three tickets for family or other guests on Friday or Saturday at Commencement Headquarters in Alumni House. Guests without tickets may watch a video simulcast of the event in Coolidge Cage, next to LeFrak. To learn the location of Sunday’s Commencement ceremony, call 413/542-INFO (4636) or go to amherst.edu/commencement after 8 a.m. on Sunday.

Some audience members may have particular health or safety concerns that necessitate their sitting indoors rather than outdoors to watch the Commencement ceremony. For such cases, there is limited seating available in Stirn Auditorium, where live video of the ceremony will be projected onto a large screen. (Seating will be available in Stirn only if the ceremony is taking place outdoors. If the ceremony has been moved to LeFrak Gymnasium because of inclement weather, all audience members will watch from within the gymnasium or Coolidge Cage.)