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.


2018E Information

E Dinner

Students graduating in the fall of the 2017-18 school year, the 2018Es, will have a celebratory dinner at Lewis Sebring Dining Commons on Dec. 8, 2017. 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.

Commencement/Reunion Housing Application

On-Campus Housing for Commencement/Reunion Weeks

The Residence Halls close for the Spring Semester on May 15th at 5 p.m.  Graduating seniors are the only ones permitted to stay in their Spring Assighments.  All non-graduating students will need to vacate by that time. We recognize the need for some non-graduating students do remain to work for Commencement or Reunion week events.  These students will be assigned temporary Commencement/Reunion Week HOusing Assignments.  Unless otherwise notified, non-graduating seniors ARE NOT allowed to stay in their Spring Housing Assignments during these two weeks.

The majority of our housing is reserved for visiting guests to our campus. Available housing is limited and overstocked.  Please note that there is very little housing available for non-graduating students during the weeks of Commencement and Reunion (May 15 – May 29).  Coolidge, Crossett, Stone and Pond Halls will be unavailable as they are being prepared for demolition, so this year requests such as these will be even more difficult.  If you are granted permission to stay you should plan on sharing a room as there are few single rooms available.

Housing is primarily limited to students who have been hired to work for the college to help facilitate with commencement week and Reunion week. If you have been hired to work for Commencement and Reunion you do not need to submit this form. We recognize that there are other students who are not employed specifically for Commencement/Reunion work who would like to stay on campus for various reasons. There is no guarantee that we can meet your request, but to help facilitate our collection of requests, we ask that you fill out the form below.

Note: Those not working for Commencement/Reunion will receive notice of their permission to stay at the earliest convenience. Students should start to consider alternative housing options for this time period if we are unable to provide the desired accommodation.

Basic Information
ex. 413-555-1212
Housing Information
Week(s) Needed: *
Reason for Needing to Stay: *
Please be very specific and explain why you need this option. Financial Need will be confirmed with the office of Financial Aid. Note: If you are staying to study, recognize that the housing situation described above is not necessarily conducive to study and is meant to strictly serve the purpose of housing individuals who are here to work for these two weeks.

Special Notifications:

  • Students will not be guaranteed access to a kitchen during this period and should make arrangements for meals. 
  • Students who are working during Commencement Reunion and who must be on campus for the start of summer housing, will remain in their C/R housing until 5:00 p.m.Wednesday June 1, when they rollover into summer housing.
  • Finally, this is an application and permission to stay in Student Housing during this time may be denied based upon the availability of space and other factors including this application.

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Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Award Nominations

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 nominate them.

Each recipient is brought to Amherst as our guest and is honored at Commencement with an honorarium, 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 26. 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 contact Austin Huot, Director of Conferences and Special Events, at ahuot@amherst.edu

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.

School type (check all that apply): *
Is the nominee an alum of Amherst College? *
Is this person still teaching? *
In one page or so, explain why the teacher or counselor you are nominating was important in your life – and, if relevant, in the lives of other students. Try to give the Teaching Awards Committee a full sense of your teacher. Brief anecdotes—especially about classroom experiences or teaching style—may be helpful. It would also be helpful to have a sense of the broad impact that the teacher has had on your life, and in other areas (scholarship, leadership, service to the community, etc.). Please note that the committee can only evaluate based on what you write - if there is very little information given, there is very little to evaluate. The Teaching Awards Committee may request additional information about top nominees.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for family housing during the weekend of Commencement? We are able to house the families of graduating students. We are unable to house underclass students during this weekend.

When will the families receive information about housing on campus during the Commencement Weekend? The information will be mailed in late June and again in October. We can take electronic reservations on or after Dec. 1 along with the credit card payment for the rooms.