Senior Prizes and Awards 2016

Held the evening of the last day of classes, Senior Assembly is a traditional ceremony in which the Amherst College faculty honors the graduating students, celebrating their accomplishments and their bright future.

The following prizes were awarded by President Biddy Martin to members of the Class of 2016.

(An awards ceremony for undergraduate students, known as Class Meeting, was held on May 5 in the Cole Assembly Room.)

Katherine C. Ponds ’15

May 24, 2015

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The Class of 2015 and Commencement, by the Numbers

May 22, 2015


AMHERST, Mass. — Amherst will celebrate its 194th Commencement on Sunday, May 24, at 10 a.m. on the school’s Main Quadrangle. The day’s exercises will feature addresses from College President Biddy Martin and senior Katherine C. Ponds, as well as the awarding of bachelor of arts degrees to 470 graduates and honorary doctorates to six distinguished guests. (The event will also be webcast for friends and family members unable to make it to campus.)


Senior Prizes and Awards 2015


The Doshisha American Studies Prize, a gift from Amherst House, Doshisha University, is awarded for the American studies honors thesis judged by the Department of American Studies as most likely to stimulate interest in and understanding of America overseas, with a view toward possible publication in Japan.

Divided between Stephanie Ellen Nussbaum ’15 and Francheska Marin Santos ’15.

Member of Class of 1981 to Receive Amherst College’s Medal for Eminent Service at Commencement May 24

Submitted on Friday, 4/24/2015, at 10:51 AM

April 23, 2015


Leo Arnaboldi ’81

AMHERST, Mass.—The trustees of Amherst College have voted to award Leo Arnaboldi, a member of the College’s class of 1981, the Medal for Eminent Service during the school’s commencement exercises on Sunday, May 24. The medal is presented to members of the Amherst community who have demonstrated exceptional devotion to the College.


Renowned Children’s Book Author, Entrepreneur and Economist Among Six to Be Honored at Amherst College’s Commencement on May 24

Submitted on Monday, 4/20/2015, at 2:47 PM

April 7, 2015

AMHERST, Mass.—Entrepreneur and philanthropist Jim Ansara ’82, renowned children’s book author and illustrator Eric Carle, contemporary artist and educator Sonya Clark ’89, economist Alice Rivlin, computational geneticist Pardis Sabeti and attorney and activist Paul Smith ’76 will all receive honorary degrees from Amherst College during its 194th Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 24, at 10 a.m. on the school’s main quad.