Commencement Housing for Families

When will the families receive information about housing on campus during the Commencement Weekend? The information will be mailed before spring break in March. We can make reservations after the mailing.  

Can I make reservations by telephone and use my credit card? Reservations for lodging can be made by returning the housing form together with payment by check, cash or credit card.

The Graduated Class of 2009!
Congratulations Class of 2009!

Commencement 2009

May 24, 2009

Calling the members of the Class of 2009 “the real return on our endowment,” Amherst College Presid

Frequently Asked Questions

These pages answer the questions we receive most often. If you don’t find the answer to your question here, please e-mail Patricia Allen, Commencement director, at pmallen@amherst.edu, call her at 413/542-8094 or call the Office of Communications at 413/542-2321.

Celebrating Commencement with On-Campus Parties

Graduating seniors, their families and friends, are welcome to host Commencement celebrations utilizing our outdoor campus space during Commencement Weekend. Request for space opens on Oct. 1 and is overseen by George Shaheen, supervisor of the facilities special services department. We will not entertain any requests received prior to October 1. Commencement celebrations can be scheduled starting at 6 p.m. on Friday (and ending at 2 a.m.) and 6 p.m. on Saturday (ending at 1 a.m.).

To hold on-campus parties at Amherst College, the following procedure should be followed:

Tickets, Location & Weather

When Commencement is outdoors on the Main Quadrangle, seating is unlimited and no tickets are required. If severe weather forces Commencement indoors, the event will be held in LeFrak Gymnasium, where seating is limited to ticket holders.

Each graduating senior may pick up three tickets for family or other guests, beginning Friday at 1:00 at Commencement Headquarters in Alumni House.

Guests without tickets may watch a video simulcast of the event in Coolidge Cage, next to LeFrak.

Information for Graduating Students

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