Dear Members of the Class of 2020,
Our collective return to Williamstown is almost upon us with approximately 430 members of the class gathering together accompanied by over 1,200 friends and family. With the big weekend just two weeks away, we wanted to share some important pieces of information which are outlined below.
We also want to the thank the entire class leadership team for their contributions to the celebration along with the many people at Williams working hard to facilitate our return to campus. We can’t wait to see you!
Dorm Housing: Housing will be in Mission, Williams and Poker Flats. You will get your room assignment and pick up your room key (or key code) when you check in. Assignments are not available ahead of time.
Parking: For those staying in the dorms, you can park in the Thompson Lot, Chapin Lot, in the lot behind Hollander or the Parking Garage. Even though some of those spaces may say for Faculty/Staff only, Campus Safety and Security has allowed us to park there. For guests coming for meals at the Upper Cole Field tent, there will be some parking along the road all the way down to lower Cole Field. We suggest carpooling as much as possible. There will also be parking by Dodd, the Parking Garage, the Hockey Rink lot, and the Facilities lot. The upper and lower Hopkins (Chapel) lots will be reserved for handicap parking.
About Guests: There will be additional weekend activities for family and friends! A reminder that each 2020 graduate is allowed four guests for all the meals. You may invite additional guests to the Saturday celebration ceremony. There are no assigned seats for this event – seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are not required for any of the weekend events.
Remember that July is usually hot and sunny in Williamstown, so please remind your guests to bring sunscreen, a water bottle, and maybe a hat for the ceremony. There will be live streaming of the ceremony in Chapin Hall and Brooks-Rogers Auditorium if your guests would prefer to be indoors. The live stream will also be available to those watching from home.
Rain Plan: The celebration ceremony is an outdoor event unless day-of predictions for electrical storms or torrential downpours would endanger attendees. A forecast of light, even moderate, rain won’t move the ceremony indoors, so please pay close attention to the weather forecast.
In the case of extreme weather we will send a text message to the class of 2020 attendees and the ceremony will move into Chapin Hall. The ceremony will be for the class of 2020 only, with no guests allowed into the venue due to limited seating capacity. Guests will be able to watch from various live-streaming venues on campus or watch the live stream on a personal device.
Connecting with Faculty: If there is a professor that you were especially close to during your time at Williams, we encourage you to connect with them individually while you are on campus. Several departments have scheduled get togethers as well. You may also reach out to one faculty member and invite them to the reception at Mt. Hope from 6:00PM – 7:00 PM on Saturday, July 23rd. You will need to make that outreach yourself and make it clear that the invitation is for the reception only, not for dinner.
Health and Safety: This weekend’s celebration will also be taking a layered approach to mitigate risk of community spread of COVID-19 once you are on campus, taking into account venue and ventilation, and masking and hygiene. While all attendees are expected to comply with the current public health directives including those outlined below, please note that Williams College cannot confirm the vaccination status of attendees or otherwise guarantee safety. We encourage you to make choices that are right for you. If you need to cancel or change your plans, please let us know.
Celebration attendees who are eligible to be vaccinated are expected to be fully vaccinated (boosters optional). We encourage you to bring your own masks, a limited supply will be available along with hand sanitizer.
Transportation: While the College isn’t providing shuttle service from any of the local airports, you’re welcome to coordinate rideshares via Williams Switchboard.
We hope you’ll share this information with your guests. Everyone at Williams looks forward to seeing you for a festive, fun weekend! Until then, we wish you smooth and safe travels!
Your Class Presidents,
Drew Cohen ’20, Co-President
Breelyn Karno ’20, Co-President
Theophyl Kwapong ’20, Co-President