Reunion FAQ

For a full schedule of events visit the Reunion Schedule.

Covid-19 & Reunion Weekend

  • After a three year hiatus, we are excited to welcome Ephs home to Williamstown for reunion this June 9-12! 

    This year’s reunion will also be taking a layered approach to mitigate risk of community spread of COVID-19 once you are on campus, taking into account vaccination, venue and ventilation, and masking and hygiene. While all reunion attendees are expected to comply with 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 reunion registration as a result, please let us know.

    Venue/ventilation

    The vast majority of reunion activities are outside, and specific planning efforts were made this year to maximize use of outdoor venues for risk mitigation purposes. 

    Vaccination

    Reunion attendees who are eligible to be vaccinated are expected to be fully vaccinated (boosters optional).

    Williams continues to welcome those younger than 5 (who are not yet able to be vaccinated) to attend reunion with their family, with the expectation that they mask anytime indoors.

    Masking and Hygiene

    For those events that take place inside, masking is required of all participants aged 2 and up unless actively eating/drinking or in a private room in a residence hall with the door closed.

    Surgical masks will be on hand for all indoor events across reunion weekend. 

    Hand sanitizer will be available at all indoor events across reunion weekend, and also available at each class’s reunion tent.

    Mask wearing remains optional for all outdoor events and activities.

    Testing

    Antigen testing is another layer that you may wish to employ at your own expense. Rapid antigen tests are readily available at pharmacies nationwide, including in Williamstown.

    Illness and Isolation

    Should you or a member of your party fall ill while on campus for reunion, a list of health care options can be found on the health center website

    Reunion attendees who become sick while on campus (whether with COVID or another transmissible illness) should depart immediately. Isolation rooms will not be available on campus for reunion attendees.

Registration Info

  • Online registration for reunion opens on Wednesday, March 23, 2022. Registration for reunion closes on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. Please register before the 25th of May.

  • We want to help every member of the Williams family participate in Reunion. If you have a financial hardship, please email [email protected] to request financial assistance. This is a fully confidential ask, and we will make every effort to help offset the expense of your registration fee. We are not able to provide financial support for travel, housing or other non-registration fee related expenses.

  • Stop at the Faculty House/Alumni Center (corner of Route 2 and Park Street) to pick up a schedule, class mementos, and dorm room keys. If you are in a post-50th class, check-in is located at Dodd House (the former Williams Inn). The 25th Reunion should check in at Mission Park. The 50th Reunion should check in at Horn Hall.

  • Wednesday: 5-9 p.m. (50th and post-50th only)
    Thursday: 8 a.m.-midnight (50th and post-50th only) noon-midnight (all classes)
    Friday: 8 a.m.-midnight
    Saturday: 7 a.m.-midnight
    If you registered for College housing but arrive after check-in closes for the night, visit Security (Hopkins Hall, lower level) for access to your dorm room.

  • If you need to cancel your registration and would like to receive a refund, email [email protected] with your information. 

Logistics

  • Park in campus lots during the weekend. Larger lots are near the Hockey Rink, the Chapel, Greylock parking garage, behind Brooks House, and off Stetson Court. If parking in town lots or on town streets, please abide by posted rules as the local police will issue parking tickets.

  • If you’re looking for a ride to town, or willing to offer one, please make use of Williams Switchboard.

  • Relaxed! Unless your class leaders have urged you to bring formal attire, pack your bag with comfortable summer clothes. Be sure to check the weather in the days prior to the weekend to adequately pack for rain, heat, cold, etc.

College Housing

  • The cost is $80 per BED for the entire weekend (whether you stay three nights, or one). When we say per BED, remember that the dorm beds are x-long twins. If you are bringing young children, feel free to bring sleeping bags or pack ’n play, and the kids may sleep in your room without incurring a fee as they will not be using a campus bed. Also, we do not split up families, but as many of our dorm rooms are singles, families may be housed in rooms next to one another to meet the bed needs requested.

  • Housing is done on a first-come, first-served basis and we cannot accommodate requests for housing with friends. We do house families together. We make every effort to house class members in their class headquarters, but once the dorms are at capacity, we house you in buildings as nearby as possible. Remember, we are not a hotel and that the time spent in your on campus room is limited, as you’ll be out enjoying the campus activities!

  • Yes. No need to bring your own linens if you are staying in college housing. You will be provided basic sheets, 1 blanket, 1 pillow and 1 towel per bed registration.

  • Unfortunately, no, we cannot let people know in advance of Reunion weekend where they are housed. We house over 1200 people for those three days and hire a temporary employee to manage that aspect of the weekend, so the information is off-site until Reunion Weekend. Thank you for understanding.

  • No, pets are not allowed in college housing. Pets are allowed on the campus grounds, but not in campus buildings unless you have a medical need. Please look for local kennels, or speak to local hotels/rentals about pet accommodations.

  • The rooms are not air conditioned. The majority of the dorm rooms do NOT have private bathrooms. They are the same dormitories that you remember from your years as students, communal bathrooms and all!

Amenities

  • Williams does not provide babysitters during reunion. We do, however, have an extensive family activities program on Saturday. Details here. Young children must be supervised by a parent or babysitter at all events, but we provide a dorm bed, free of charge, for sitters coming with families (Let us know that your sitter is coming when you register). You can also post a request for a babysitter on Switchboard, a Craigslist style platform for the Williams community.

  • Yes.

  • We’ll provide you with directions on how to connect to our network upon arrival to campus.

  • Indoor athletic facilities (fitness center, pool, gyms, and squash courts) unfortunately will not be available for use during Reunion per current college pandemic protocols. Please do enjoy any and all outdoor facilities at your leisure.

    Williams’ outdoor athletic facilities — Cole Fields, the tennis courts, the track, and both turf fields at the Weston Athletic Complex — are open to everyone — students, faculty, staff, members of the Williamstown community, and guests and visitors. The College asks anyone using outside facilities or visiting the campus who is not vaccinated to please wear a mask when outdoors. Campus Safety will continue to unlock the paddle tennis courts daily at 8am and lock at 9pm, which is when the lights that illuminate the court shut off. Everyone will be expected to follow all public health protocols. To stay up to date, please continue to check the Massachusetts State and Williams College guidelines, including those pertaining to visitors and guests.


Still have questions?
Email: [email protected]
tel: 413-597-4151