Image of a graduating student at 2015 Commencement


Accomplishment, intellectual curiosity, excellence, and connectivity are the attributes of a UMass Amherst honors education, and the university now boasts more than 15,000 honors alumni.

The Commonwealth Honors College community of scholars includes alumni who took part in honors-level studies at UMass Amherst, whether through the Commonwealth Honors College, its predecessor, the Honors Program, or through writing an honors thesis.

Some alumni have found that their honors experience motivated and prepared them for academic and career challenges. For Melicia Morris ’11, “Commonwealth Honors College deepened my commitment to my education and strengthened my self-confidence. I have been well prepared for the rigor and challenges of law school and beyond.”

Other alumni discovered their untapped talent, like Timothy Alden ’10, who feels that “Commonwealth Honors College is a place where you can learn how to become a leader. It’s given me the confidence to know that I have the power to make a difference.”

Honors alumni are encouraged to reconnect with each other and to get involved and support current honors students.