2017 Commencement Schedule of Events

Questions? Call Patricia Allen, Commencement director, at 413/542-8094.

Friday, May 19, 2017

1 to 9 p.m.
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 20, 2017

8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Check-in for Seniors and Families. Alumni House (see parking map).
9 a.m.
Phi Beta Kappa Meeting. Students elected to membership in this honor society are those of the highest standing. Remarks by a speaker to be determined. Stirn Auditorium.
10 a.m.
Baccalaureate Celebration. This multifaith gathering includes music, readings, dance and an address by a speaker to be determined. Johnson Chapel.
11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Conversations with Honored Guests. 

1 p.m.
Sigma Xi Meeting. Induction ceremony for new members. Remarks by Mark D. Marshall, the Class of 1959 Professor of Chemistry. Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons.
2 to 3 p.m.
Conversations with Honored Guests.

3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
Conversations with Honored Guests.

4:30 to 6 p.m.
President’s Reception.
President Biddy Martin 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 21, 2017

8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Reception Center Open. Alumni House (see parking map).
10 a.m.
The 196th Commencement. Addresses by President Biddy Martin and a student to be named. Marshal: Peter R. Pouncey Professor of Mathematics Gregory Call. Honorary Marshal: to be named. Medal for Eminent Service: to be named. Student Marshals: to be named. Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Teaching Awards: to be named. 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. Main Quadrangle.

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.)