Celebrating Commencement with On-Campus Parties

Graduating seniors, their families and friends, are welcome to host Commencement celebrations utilizing our outdoor campus space during Commencement Weekend. Confirmation of sites is overseen by George Shaheen, supervisor of the facilities special services department. 

To hold on-campus parties at Amherst College, the following procedure should be followed:

Tickets, Location & Weather

When Commencement is outdoors on the Main Quadrangle, seating is unlimited and no tickets are required. If severe weather forces Commencement indoors, the event will be held in LeFrak Gymnasium, where seating is limited to ticket holders.

Each graduating senior may pick up three tickets for family or other guests, beginning Friday at 1:00 at Commencement Headquarters in Alumni House.

Guests without tickets may watch a video simulcast of the event in Coolidge Cage, next to LeFrak.

Information for Graduating Students

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Harold F. Still ’44 Receives Eminent Service Medal from Amherst College

May 23, 2002 Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass.—Harold F. Still ’44, a resident of Philadelphia, will receive Amherst College’s Medal for Eminent Service at the college’s commencement exercises on Sunday, May 26. The Medal for Eminent Service is presented to an Amherst alumnus who has demonstrated extraordinary devotion to his alma mater.

Amherst College Will Honor High-School Teachers on Commencement Weekend

May 26, 2002 Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass.-- Four secondary-school teachers who challenged, inspired and moved members of the Class of 2002 will receive the Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Teaching Awards at Senior Class Exercises at 2p.m. on Saturday, May 25, during Commencement Weekend. The Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Teaching Award recognizes teachers and counselors who have been important in the lives of Amherst students. The awards this year will go to :

Amherst Professor Is Truly a Self-Made Academic

May 26, 2002 Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass.—With prices for academic gowns ranging from $300 to almost $800, Catherine McGeoch, a professor of computer at Amherst College, decided last August to flex her creative muscle and cut expenses: she sewed her own robe. Her final cost? About $50 and five evenings of her time. She proudly donned her creation at Amherst College Commencement Exercises of May 26.

Amherst College Holds 180th Commencement May 27

May 24, 2001Director of Media Relations

Amherst College Sets 179th Commencement for May 21

May 8, 2000Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417AMHERST, Mass.-Four hundred and twenty-seven men and women are scheduled to receive Bachelor of Arts degrees at the 179th Commencement Exercises at Amherst College, to be held Sunday, May 21, at 10 a.m. in the Main Quadrangle. Speakers at the ceremonies will be President Tom Gerety and a member of the Class of 2000, Johnnie L. Odom II, an English and history major from Gulf Breeze, Fla.

Amherst College To Hold 184th Commencement May 21 and 22

May 19, 2005Director of Media Relations