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 a time for some of the recently promoted professors to be awarded honorary Amherst College degrees. The traditional ceremony involves a formal procession, musicians and the college Choral Society and is held on the first evening of the fall semester, usually Labor Day.

Convocation ceremony in Johnson Chapel

Convocation 2017

Read the news story and watch a video of President Biddy Martin’s Convocation address.