The procession at Commencement 2015

Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2016 will be held on Sunday, May 22.


housingRegistration for family housing for Commencement Weekend is now open.

2015 Commencement Schedule of Events

The 2016 Commencement schedule will be similar. details will be posted in April, 2016.
Questions? Call Patricia Allen, commencement director, at 413/542-8094.

Friday, May 22, 2015

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.

Senior Assembly

Senior Assembly 2015

Members of the Class of 2015 at Senior Assembly

Commencement Speeches & Multimedia

We post photos, audio and video of Commencement events—sometimes within hours after the event, sometimes the following day—beginning with Senior Assembly.

Commencement Archive

Find photos, multimedia, honorary degree citations and Presidential Addresses of past Commencement weekends:

Conferences and Special Events

Conversations with Honored Guests

On Saturday, May 19, 2012, five honorary degree recipients spoke at Amherst. Listen to audio below.

2012 Commencement Address by President Biddy Martin

On Sunday, May 20, 2012, President Biddy Martin delivered the 191st Commencement Address at Amherst College. Play video and read the transcript below.


Submitted by Alice M. Herrmann on Tuesday, 5/1/2012, at 12:14 PM

A Field Guide to Commencement