Williams Alumni Bicentennial

Watch 200 Years of the SOA

Happy 200th Birthday!

September 5, 1821: Nearly a quarter of alumni gathered in Williamstown to save the college and form the Society of Alumni.
Gather entrymates together for snacks on Zoom, relive glory days on a conference call with former teammates, sing some standards on a Google Meet with your a cappella group, or reach out to a fellow Eph you haven’t connected with for a while. Write a note or share a photo on our birthday wall.

There's a Place for You. Explore the Bicentennial's purpose and monthly themes.

Event Spotlight

President Maud Mandel smiling, wearing a black blazer and blue top

Presidential Zoomcast with Maud S. Mandel

9/27/2021 at 3:00pm ET

As the 2021-22 academic year begins in Williamstown, join President Maud S. Mandel in conversation with Kate Boyle Ramsdell ’97, President of the Society of Alumni. Maud will reflect on a broad range of campus updates, including the college’s strategic plans and continued pandemic response.

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Mid-Autumn Moon Festival with WAAAAN

9/21/2021 at 7:00pm ET

Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival on Sept. 21 with the Williams Asian & Asian American Alumni Network (WAAAAN), Williams Astronomy Lecturer and Observatory Supervisor Kevin Flaherty, and SpaceX Operations Engineer Muzhou Lu ’13.

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Epholution: 200 Years of History, Nostalgia & Memory

9/23/2021 at 8:00pm ET

Take a trip through time to explore the first 200 years of the Society of Alumni. We’ll wend our way through the years and stop for a visit at a few key eras: from our remarkable founding in 1821, to key moments of change, to where we are today, to where we hope to be tomorrow.

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BiGLATA Presents “LGBTQ+ Williams Bicentennial Storytime” featuring Alumni of the ’00s and ’10s

9/26/2021 at 4:00pm ET

As part of our programming and in line with the Bicentennial theme, “There’s a place for you,” we are exploring the experiences of LGBTQ+ alumni over the past 200 years at Williams.

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Every Person
Has a Story (EPHS!)

What does it mean to you to be a Williams alum?

Puzzles in Purple

The Williams College Society of Alumni
Bicentennial Celebration Puzzle Hunt

You and your team of crack puzzle hunters are tasked with combing through the past, present—and maybe future—of Williams College to unlock the secrets of the Society and reveal the answer to the question, “How should we celebrate the bicentennial of the Williams College Society of Alumni?

Ephs on the Mooove

Meeting alumni where they are,
sharing who they are.

During the month of July, Mike Rodriguez '17 and Juan Baena '06 traveled across the United States, sharing alumni voices from their local communities and celebrating the shared sense of connection beyond the Purple Valley.

graphic of an RV covered in bicentennial spots and logo, with one person staring out a window and another leaning against the hood