The Amherst Story

The Writing College

Amherst faculty and alumni have included many influential authors, including Robert Frost, David Foster Wallace 鈥85, Min Jin Lee, and more. We also host the annual LitFest celebration, inviting distinguished authors to campus.

Commencement canes

Conway Canes

Every Amherst graduate receives a cane at Commencement. According to Amherst lore, the canes are a visual metaphor for a college education: They support graduates throughout their lives.