The Honored

At Commencement 2012, Amherst awarded seven honorary doctorates and a Medal for Eminent Service. The college also honored high school teachers nominated by graduating seniors.


Honorary doctorates

Christiane Amanpour, global affairs anchor at ABC News and host of Amanpour on CNN International, where she is chief international correspondent

“Forcefully Ejected from Our Amherst Cocoon”

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Three great moments from the student commencement address by Elias Johansson-Miller ’12, who graduated summa cum laude and with distinction:

"May Happiness Catch You Often"

By Emily Gold Boutilier

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At 11 p.m. on commencement eve, the town common was hosting a traveling carnival. There was a ferris wheel. There was cotton candy. There were teenagers.

“Embrace Reality in All of its Wonder and Horror,” Amherst College President Biddy Martin Tells Class of 2012

Submitted on Monday, 5/21/2012, at 1:38 PM

May 20, 2011

AMHERST, Mass. — In her first graduation address as Amherst College’s new leader, President Biddy Martin this morning exhorted the members of the Class of 2012 to “embrace reality in all of its wonder and its horror, without giving in to cynicism or despair on the one hand or sheer fantasy on the other.”

Amherst College’s Class of 2012 and Commencement, By the Numbers

Submitted on Tuesday, 5/22/2012, at 5:23 PM

May 18, 2012

AMHERST, Mass. — On Sunday, May 20, Amherst College will celebrate its 191st Commencement at 10 a.m. on the school’s Main Quadrangle.

Seven Things to Look Forward to During Commencement 2012

May 18, 2012

On Sunday, May 20, Amherst College will celebrate its 191st Commencement at 10 a.m. on the school’s Main Quadrangle. The day’s exercises will feature addresses from College President Biddy Martin and senior Elias Johansson-Miller, as well as the awarding of bachelor of arts degrees to 441 graduates and honorary doctorates to seven distinguished guests.

Amherst College to Honor Three Former Teachers of Graduating Seniors with Swift Moore Teaching Awards May 20

Submitted on Monday, 5/21/2012, at 1:08 PM

May 7, 2012

AMHERST, Mass. — Three secondary school instructors who challenged, inspired and moved members of Amherst College’s Class of 2012 will be honored with the Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Teaching Awards during the school’s 191st Commencement exercises at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 20.

CNN Host, Hit Songwriter and Narrative Nonfiction Author Among Eight to Be Honored at Amherst College Commencement May 20

** Editor's Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Christiane Amanpour will be unable to speak on Saturday and Jim Steinman has had to cancel his visit. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. **

April 10, 2012

AMHERST, Mass.—CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour, former UMass professor and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chair Sheila Bair, playwright and gay-rights activist Martin Duberman, Iran hostage crisis negotiator Ulric Haynes Jr. ’52, chemist David K. Lewis ’64, New York Public Library President and former Amherst College President Anthony W. Marx, acclaimed narrative nonfiction writer John McPhee and hit songwriter Jim Steinman ’69 will all receive honorary degrees from Amherst College during its 191st Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 20, at 10 a.m. on the school’s main quad.

Boston Businessman George W. Carmany III ’62 to Receive Amherst College’s Medal for Eminent Service at Commencement May 20

Submitted on Tuesday, 4/10/2012, at 3:40 PM

April 3, 2012

AMHERST, Mass.—Businessman George W. Carmany III, a member of Amherst College’s Class of 1962, will receive the school’s Medal for Eminent Service during its commencement exercises on Sunday, May 20. The award is presented to a member of the Amherst community who has demonstrated exceptional devotion to the college.