Biology Graduation Reception 2014

New York Times Commentator, Olympic Gold Medal-Winning Swimmer and Renowned Statistician Among Seven to Be Honored at Amherst College Commencement May 25

Submitted on Sunday, 5/25/2014, at 9:05 AM

April 15, 2014

AMHERST, Mass.—Political and cultural commentator David Brooks, Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Cullen Jones, tech entrepreneur Thai-Hi Lee ’80, statistician and writer Nate Silver, contemporary artist Sarah Sze, the late American studies scholar and transportation expert Yasuo Sakakibara and former Amherst College Board of Trustees chair and businessman Jide Zeitlin ’85 will all receive honorary degrees from Amherst College during its 193rd Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 25, at 10 a.m. on the school’s main quad.

The Record-Breaking Class of 2014

Applications received: 8,088*

Applications accepted: 1,240, or 15.3%

Members of the class: 490*

Self-identified students of color: 42%*

First-generation college students: 18%

Non-U.S. citizens: 9%

Languages spoken: 23

Receiving Amherst financial aid: 59%*

Most common names: Alexandra and Daniel

*A record high

Source: Amherst Office of Admission

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They are only children, twins, triplets, adoptees and immigrants.

“Question Norms,” and Other Sage Advice For New Students

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Now that 2010 Orientation has officially begun, the Office of Public Affairs asked AmherstCollege’s Facebook fans and people on campus what pieces of advice they would offer new students. Here is a sampling.