Whether you have attended every reunion over the past five decades or haven’t been in touch since you graduated, you are a vital part of your Williams 50th Reunion celebration.
You will find many ways to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime moment (which, in fact, extends over several years). You can attend pre-50th class events in Williamstown or in cities across the country, contribute to the class book and website, volunteer for your class and the college, and give back to Williams through your 50th Reunion class gift.
By partnering on 50th Reunion planning to create unique, class-specific events, alumni and college staff create experiences that generations of Ephs have found fun, meaningful, and personal. We hope you will join us in Williamstown!
Each June, the 50th Reunion Class gathers in the Purple Valley to celebrate, renew acquaintances, and make new friends. This traditional event begins on Wednesday with a casual reception and is followed by a spectacular calendar of activities including class events and dinners, entertainment, academic and alumni seminars, outdoor leisurely pursuits, the alumni meeting and parade of classes, campus and museum tours, and time on your own to relax and enjoy the beauty of early summer in Williamstown. For details on your class reunion, we encourage you to visit your class website.
Even before your 50th Reunion weekend celebration, you will have many chances to gather with your classmates and their spouses and partners:
Fall Multi-Class Mini Reunions
Each year, in September or October, all classes celebrating their 50th in the next five years are invited to begin reconnecting at a weekend of faculty and alumni conversations, faculty seminars, class dinners, athletic events, art museum tours, and more, including the Pass-the-Baton dinner for their 50th Reunion class and the immediate post-50th class. (This traditional event began when the Class of 1917 sought to inspire the Class of 1918 to follow their example and support Williams in honor of their 50th Reunion. Creating a beautifully engraved baton, the Class of 1917 passed this symbol to 1918 at a jovial dinner following their 50th Reunion.)
The Williams president invites Ephs two years in advance of their 50th to Williamstown for an insider’s look at the college today over a long weekend in either the late Spring or early Fall. You’ll spend time in conversation with the president, senior staff, faculty, and students to discuss Williams past, present, and future and consider together the college’s opportunities and challenges.
Summer Oxford Trip
Since 1985, Williams has operated the Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford (WEPO), a yearlong program of study at Oxford University in collaboration with Exeter College. For almost as long, the incoming 50th class has had the opportunity to gather in Oxford for a week of exploring and camaraderie the year before its Reunion.
The trip includes time with Williams faculty and students living there, Oxford lecturers, and expert guides. It continues to be popular for its unique insider’s access to Oxford and the area, and more importantly, for the bonds formed with friends, old and new. Registration for the following summer’s trip is usually mailed to class members in early fall.
Throughout the Year
While plans vary from year to year, many classes organize mini-reunions and dinner in major metropolitan areas and seasonal destinations. Frequently, members of the faculty are invited to give academic presentations and offer a glimpse of what life at Williams is like today.