Senior Assembly 2017

Held on an evening after classes have ended, Senior Assembly is a traditional ceremony in which the Amherst College faculty honors the graduating students. After a procession into Johnson Chapel, the Dean of the Faculty opens the ceremony, and the President awards prizes and honorary class memberships. Two students and a faculty member address the graduating class, and the ceremony ends with a recessional.


Information for Seniors

Graduating seniors should gather—in caps and gowns—no later than 4:35 p.m. on the Quad side of Johnson Chapel. If it’s raining, the line will form indoors—but bring an umbrella just in case; remember, gowns sometimes bleed when they get wet.

Senior Assembly will feature the awarding of prizes and honorary class memberships; a speech by a faculty member; and talks by two students elected by the senior class.

After the assembly there will be a reception on Valentine Quadrangle for graduating seniors, faculty and staff with dinner to follow. Remember to bring your student I.D. 


Multimedia Archive

Hear speeches, see photos, and read about the awards given at past senior assemblies in our Commencement Archive.