Senior Assembly 2012

“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:

"May Happiness Catch You Often"

By Emily Gold Boutilier


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.

After Amherst, at Amherst: The Post-Baccalaureate Fellows

Submitted on Tuesday, 7/3/2012, at 11:55 AM

They have the parchments and the canes, and they are now officially alumni—but these Amherst graduates just will not leave.

Meet The 2012 Fulbrights

Submitted on Tuesday, 6/5/2012, at 12:53 PM

By William Sweet

Nine recent Amherst graduates have won J. William Fulbright Fellowships to study and teach abroad.

The latest Fulbright Scholars from the Class of 2012 include…

Finishing Strong

Photographs by Rob Mattson

Text by Emily Gold Boutilier, with reporting by Rob Mattson, Adam Gerchick ’13, William Sweet and Katherine Duke ’05

For his 2012 senior thesis, Richard Galluzzi wrote a novella, while Dana Kaufman composed an opera and Brian Kim figured out exactly how to throw a  curveball. Portraits of 10 of this year’s thesis writers.


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.

2012 Senior Assembly Prizes and Awards

The following awards were presented to members of the Class of 2012 at Senior Assembly.

Scholarship and Citizenship

The Addison Brown Scholarship
From a fund established by Addison Brown of the Class of 1852, the scholarship is awarded to that senior who, being already on the scholarship list, shall have attained the highest standing in the studies of the first-year, sophomore and junior years.

Jiaqi Ji ’12

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.

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