Commencement

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Amherst College 185th Commencement
Sunday, May 28, 2006

Under sparkling blue skies, Amherst College celebrated its 185th Commencement Exercises, granting bachelor of arts degrees to 430 members of the Class of 2006. Amherst President Anthony W. Marx in his traditional address told the class, “when private pursuits become detached from public needs, everyone suffers,” and called on them to pursue “endless questioning,” despite “the immense suffering, of terrorism, tsunami and flood” they had known in their college years. Graduating senior Kit Wallach of Providence, R.I., chosen by her classmates to speak, expressed her belief, that education, “in the Quaker tradition, is a part of holding us in the light,” and called on her class to “assure access to that kind of education for everyone.” Read more in Amherst's news release...