The Wide Open

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 a warm invitation to each member of the Class of 2014 to nominate a teacher who made an impact on the student's life.

Commencement Housing for Families

When will the families receive information about housing on campus during the Commencement Weekend? The information will be mailed before spring break in March. We can make reservations after the mailing.  

Can I make reservations by telephone and use my credit card? Reservations for lodging can be made by returning the housing form together with payment by check or cash. We cannot take reservations by telephone or accept credit cards.

Commencement Weekend Information

Commencement Morning

Graduating seniors gather for Commencement with their caps and gowns in the Alumni Gymnasium at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday. Breakfast will be available in the gym starting at 8 a.m. Commencement staff and the student marshals will be lining up the procession as planned during the Commencement rehearsal. Students process up Memorial Hill and around the Main Quadrangle at 10 a.m. and are seated accordingly. 


Henry A. Freedman ’62

Executive Director of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice

“Reflections on a Lifetime of Lawyering for Economic Justice.”

Robert H. Brown Jr. ’69

Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Day Neuromuscular Research Laboratory and Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital

“Searching the Globe for Disease Genes.”

Sir Brian Urquhart

Former undersecretary-general of the United Nations

“Whose Century Is It?”