Convocation

Biddy Martin opens the convocation ceremony

Convocation 2020

Convocation is the first formal gathering of the first-year students. The president and the faculty welcome the students to the college and recently promoted professors are awarded honorary degrees. Watch 2020’s virtual event.

About Convocation

Opening Convocation is the first formal gathering of the first-year students, at which the president and the faculty, all in full regalia, welcome the students to the college. It is also the time when newly promoted professors are awarded honorary degrees from Amherst College. The traditional ceremony involves a formal procession, musicians and the college Choral Society and is typically held on the first evening of the fall semester, usually Labor Day.