11 Things We Loved About Commencement 2010

1. The finally-well-rested thesis-writers. Was it our imagination, or did these 189 graduating seniors, pale from so many sleepless nights in the lab or at the library, seem especially exuberant in their caps and gowns? Which brings us to...

2. Invisibility cloaks and revising the U.S. Constitution. A new Law & Order/ Harry Potter crossover? Nope, just a couple of thesis topics from the Class of 2010.


Big names at the podium: Boston Globe

Amherst President Anthony W. Marx was quoted about his own duty to speak at commencement in this story about colleges and universities clamoring for marquee speakers during graduation ceremonies.


2017E Information

E Dinner

Students graduating in the fall of the 2016-17 school year, the 2017Es, will have a celebratory dinner at Lewis Sebring Dining Commons on Dec. 9, 2016. For some, the dinner is a precursor to the Commencement events, for others, the dinner is the culmination of their years at Amherst College. All Es are urged to attend. The invitations with more information, details and procedures are sent in November.

Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Award Nominations

Thank you for your interest, submissions for 2017 are now closed.

In 1997, Amherst College inaugurated the Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Awards to honor some of this country's outstanding high school teachers. The president's December letter is an invitation to each graduating member of the senior class to nominate a teacher who made an impact on the student's life.

If you remember a secondary school teacher who stands out as deserving of this award, please submit his or her name, using the nomination form. As a separate element of this program, we also hope to honor outstanding teachers who are Amherst graduates.

Each recipient is brought to Amherst as our guest and at the Commencement Exercises is presented with a cash prize, along with a certificate paying tribute to his or her particular teaching strength.

To nominate a teacher please complete and submit the form below no later than Friday, January 20. Nominations are authored by one student. If there is a desire by several students to nominate the same teacher, nominations should be separately submitted.

A committee consisting of two faculty members, two administrators and two students from the senior class will make the selections. If you have any questions please call Patricia Allen at 413/542-8094.

Thank you, graduating seniors for taking the time during a busy semester to help us identify and pay tribute to some of your best teachers.