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.

2015E Information

The Wide Open

Commencement/Reunion Housing Application

On-Campus Housing for Commencement/Reunion Weeks

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 graduating member of the senior class 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, cash or credit card.

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.”