AMHERST — Amherst College presented degrees to 484 graduates Sunday during its 198th commencement.
Portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz received a Doctor of Arts degree. She began her career as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone in 1970. By the time she left the magazine, she had shot 142 covers. Later at Vanity Fair and later still at Vogue, she shot scores of portrait photographs of actors, directors, writers, athletes, musicians and political and business figures.
Other honorees included David Corey, professor in the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School; Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa; science journalist Charles Mann, a correspondent for The Atlantic, Science and Wired; Nergis Mavalvaia, professor of astrophysics and associate head of the Physics Department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; writer and editor Cullen Murphy, author of many books and for 25 years author of the comic strip Prince Valiant, and Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation.
Paula Rauch received the college’s Medal for Eminent Service. College President Biddy Martin delivered the commencement address.
This years’s graduates represented 34 countries and 39 states and territories.
College officials estimate the cumulative amount of time spent in classrooms was more than 63 years.