“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.”

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.