Amherst College President Biddy Martin to 2015 Graduates: “Restore Faith in Our Institutions By Remaking Them”

May 24, 2015

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The members of the class of 2015 process to their seats

AMHERST, Mass. — Under cloudless blue skies today, Amherst College President Biddy Martin urged the 470 members of the class of 2015 to follow the example of famous alumnus and legal activist Charles Hamilton Houston and restore faith in our society’s institutions by remaking them. “Take your talents, your energy and your humane hearts and do your best to combine right meaning with deeds,” she said. “And while you are at it, cherish your families, your friends and, most of all, yourselves.”

Commencement Address 2015

Renowned ’83 Filmmaker to Return to Campus for Screening, Q&A

Submitted on Thursday, 4/16/2015, at 9:58 PM

April 16, 2015

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Amy Ziering ’83

Commencement Address 2014

Amherst President Biddy Martin Receives Honorary Degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Submitted on Monday, 6/16/2014, at 1:30 PM

Four New Amherst College Programs to Boost Higher Ed Access and Success for Low-Income Students

January 16, 2014

 

The White House

 

** Editor’s note: The college’s following efforts were covered or mentioned by several media outlets, including Bloomberg News, CNN Money, The Boston Globe, Radio Boston and the Daily Hampshire Gazette, among others.

WASHINGTON, D.C. —At a White House summit devoted to improving access and success for low-income students nationally, Amherst College President Biddy Martin today announced four new initiatives aimed at providing low-income students access to college and fostering their success in higher education at Amherst and beyond.

The Best of 2013, Amherst Edition

January 2, 2014

Now that 2014 is upon us, the members of the college’s Public Affairs staff decided to take a page from many newspapers, magazines and websites and look back at the year that was at Amherst. Here are some of our favorite stories from 2013.

Rekindled Office Hours Connect Students with President Martin

Submitted on Friday, 12/6/2013, at 11:27 AM

By Daniel Diner '14

An athlete wanted help meeting new people. A sophomore wished that faculty and administrators at Amherst would “stop telling us that we’re special” and instead put the emphasis on working hard. A once-struggling student wanted to describe the support she’d found in a religious community on campus.

Free Speech and Institutional Responsibility

Submitted on Tuesday, 10/1/2013, at 7:02 PM

Last weekend I had the pleasure of hearing a “point-counterpoint discussion” between two Amherst alumni, both of whom have argued before the Supreme Court in landmark civil rights cases. Paul Smith ’76 and Bert Rein ’61 explained the differences in their theories of the Constitution, gave their interpretations of the Fourteenth Amendment, and respectfully but also firmly disagreed about the wisdom of affirmative action policies in college admissions.

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