“Forcefully Ejected from Our Amherst Cocoon”


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

“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.”