Reunion Schedule

Pick up a hardcopy program at the Alumni Center upon checking in.

Individual class schedules are also available online. 

  • 1:00 - 2:15PM
    50th Reunion Seminar: Paul Tucker – Unleashed!
    A zany tour of Monet’s Garden and other trampled pathways of art history by the class of 1972's beloved Wizard of Art.
    MAINSTAGE, '62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

    2:30 - 3:45PM
    50th Reunion Seminar: “The Doctors Will See You Now” with ’72 Docs
    A conversation by our career physicians about the progress of medicine since graduation and a look forward to healthy lives of our 70s.
    MAINSTAGE, ’62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

    8:00PM
    Trivia Night
    Come on down to The Log and show your smarts! Enjoy six competitive Rounds of trivia for you and your friends. Trivia is always FREE and open to ALL!
    THE LOG, 78 SPRING ST.

  • 6:00AM
    Sunrise Hike Up Pine Cobble with Scott Lewis
    Hike with the Director of the Williams Outing Club! Dress for the weather, bring a water bottle and a cup for hot drinks. Return to campus by 8:30AM
    PARESKY STEPS

    8:00 - 9:30AM
    Ephraim Williams Society Breakfast
    Join us as we honor alumni, parents, and friends who have established legacy gifts for Williams.
    RSVP: bit.ly/TheEWSBreakfast2022
    THE WILLIAMS INN, 101 SPRING ST.

    10:00 - 11:00AM
    50th Reunion Seminar: The Class of ’72 On The Log
    In the tradition of Mark Hopkins and the Williams heritage of great teaching, six classmates look back and reflect on the professors who helped shape their lives.
    MAINSTAGE, '62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

    11:30AM - 1:30PM
    FestEPHal
    Join the LGBTQ+ Alumni Network (BiGLATA), the Williams Asian & Asian American Alumni Network (WAAAAN), the Williams Black Alumni Network (WBAN), the Williams Firsts Alumni Network (WFAN), and the Williams Latinx Alumni Network (WLAN) in a reunion celebration for the 2s, 7s, and the Cluster 5th for 2015, 2016 & 2017! Bring your family and friends, enjoy delicious food and great music, and get the chance to connect with Davis Center staff. No RSVP required for this casual, outdoors event.
    PARESKY LAWN

    1:30 - 2:30PM
    The Davis Center (DC): Past, Present, Future
    Hear about the work of the DC and the upcoming building project, and pay tribute to the memories of Hardy, Rice, and Jenness.
    MEET OUTSIDE HARDY HOUSE

    11:30AM - 2:30PM
    Free Ice Cream courtesy of The Ephraim Williams Society
    PARESKY STEPS

    1:30 - 2:30PM 
    25th Alumni Seminar: Creating Connections in Times of Disconnection
    The panel will feature '97 classmates Walter Cheng, Sumi Loundon Kim, Bahia Ramos and Sam Sommers.

    Walter Cheng '97 is a hospitalist at Stanford for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and also serves as the Medical Director for Skyline College, a community college in San Mateo County, CA.

    Sumi Loundon Kim '97 is the Buddhist Chaplain at Yale University and author of Blue Jean Buddha, The Buddha's Apprentices, and Sitting Together, a mindfulness curriculum for families.

    Bahia Ramos '97 has been director of arts at The Wallace Foundation since 2018. She leads the team responsible for the strategy and implementation of the foundation’s work in areas including investments in arts institutions and promoting arts education for young people.

    Sam Sommers '97, a professor at Tufts University, is an experimental social psychologist who studies racism, racial equity, and group diversity. His research explores racial inequities (and efforts to ameliorate them) in real-world domains including higher education, the criminal justice system, and popular media coverage.

    MAINSTAGE, '62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

    2:45-3:45PM
    Dwelling of the Gallant: Women of Williams
    Fifty-one years ago, seven women walked across the Williams commencement stage for the first time. A few months later, the first four-year coed class arrived on campus. Join us for an inspiring program as we celebrate the profound impact more than 13,000 alumnae have had on Williams and the world ever since - as represented by the stories of four Women of Williams from across the decades.
    MAINSTAGE, '62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

    4:00 - 5:00PM
    A Conversation with Williams President Maud S. Mandel
    Society of Alumni President will engage in conversation with President Mandel.
    MAINSTAGE, '62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

    5:15 PM
    Shabbat Services
    JEWISH RELIGIOUS CENTER

    6:00PM
    Class Dinners and Festivities
    Refer to class specific schedules for locations and details.

  • 6:45AM
    Road Ride
    Experienced bicyclists of all classes are welcome on a fun, fast-paced ride 25-35 miles around Williamstown led by Jeff Kniseley '77 (email: [email protected]). Join the GroupMe discussion ahead of time to see any possible changes or pick-up rides. For those unable to bring a bike, rentals may be available with advance arrangements through berkshirebikeandboard.com. Find more bike routes and outdoor activities here.
    CHAPIN STEPS

    7:00AM
    Bird Walk with Hopkins Forest Manager Drew Jones
    Some binoculars provided. Coffee available!
    HOPKINS FOREST

    7:00AM
    Hike Through Hopkins Forest
    Join other reunion attendees for an early morning hike through Hopkins Forest. This 4.5 mile hike, traversing a large stretch of the Forest, begins with some stunning views from atop the crest, then descends the Birch Brook trail to the Loop trails, before finishing at the Rosenburg Center. Sturdy shoes recommended for the rolling terrain. For a ride to the trailhead, meet behind Chapin Hall in the parking lot for a van ride to Petersburg Pass on Route 2 at 7am. Vans will shuttle hikers back to campus from the Rosenburg Center at about 10AM.
    HOPKINS FOREST

    8:00AM
    Fun Run
    Join other reunion attendees for an early morning run in the Purple Valley (Gale Road loop).
    CHAPIN STEPS

    9:00AM - 1:00PM
    Williamstown Farmer's Market
    Stroll. Snack. Shop local.
    SPRING STREET PARKING LOT

    9:30AM*
    Create a Spectacle
    Dress up for the parade by making your own festive sunglasses, hats, and signs to carry and wear! Rain or shine.
    PARESKY STEPS

    10:00AM*
    Parade of Classes
    The 50th Reunion class will lead the way to the Society's Annual Meeting. Pre-parade music provided by the Eagles Band of Pittsfield. Find your classmates near class signs on Paresky Lawn. The Greylocks (post-50th Reunion classes) should gather outside of Dodd House for the parade.
    PARESKY LAWN

    10:30AM - 11:30AM
    Annual Meeting, Society of Alumni
    The annual meeting, led by Society of Alumni President: trophies, cups, and medals recognizing alumni volunteers; election results; major gift announcements; and traditional Williams songs.
    STETSON-SAWYER QUAD

    10:30AM - 2:00PM*
    Toddler and Preschool Playdate (Ages 2-4)
    Toddlers/preschoolers and their parents/caregivers are welcome at the Williams Children's Center to play with purple Play-Doh, run around the outdoor play spaces, and enjoy other activities.
    WILLIAMS CHILDREN'S CENTER PLAYGROUND, WHITMAN STREET

    10:30AM - NOON*
    Wheels! (Ages 2-4)
    After the parade, join other young families to explore a fire engine, police cruiser, ambulance, backhoe, front loader, mowers, and street sweeper! Rain or shine.
    WESTON GATE, WESTON ATHLETIC COMPLEX

    10:30AM - NOON*
    Soccer Clinic (Ages 5-12)
    Join a soccer session for all levels. We'll work on development and refinement, and end with small-sided games. Rain or shine.
    FARLEY-LAMB FIELD, WESTON ATHLETIC COMPLEX

    10:30AM - NOON*
    Ultimate Frisbee Clinic (Ages 10+)
    Come and learn this team sport, led by members of the Williams Ultimate Frisbee Organization. Rain or shine.
    WILLIAMSON FIELD, WESTON ATHLETIC COMPLEX

    NOON*
    All Campus Lunch!
    Rain or shine! Enjoy a meal sourced locally and sustainably, highlighting the great food and farms within the Berkshire community.
    CHAPIN LAWN

    1:00 - 5:00PM*
    Visit the Treetops of the Canopy Walkway (Ages 12+)
    The walkway is a pair of tree platforms set 70 ft. above the ground and originally used for research. Participants are harnessed to safety cables, and aided by guides. No children under 12. (Shuttles leave from Chapin Steps at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00. Shuttles return from the Forest at 2:15, 3:15, 4:15, and 5:15.)
    HOPKINS FOREST

    1:00 - 5:00PM*
    Busload of Books Tour Open House (All Ages)
    Children's book author/illustrator duo Matthew Swanson '97 and Robbi Behr '97 will be spending the 2022-2023 school year traveling the country in a tiny home school bus, visiting Title I schools in all fifty states, doing presentations on creativity and storytelling, and giving away 25,000 free books to students and teachers from underserved communities. Come tour the bus and learn more about their project and coming adventure. Brief presentations and Q&A at 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, and 4:30; otherwise, just stop by!
    CHAPIN STEPS

    1:00 - 5:00PM*
    Plenty of Purple Projects (All Ages)
    Get your creative juices flowing and make decoupage frames, boxes, jewelry, stationery, painted cow bells, and more. Materials in Williams' colors, of course!
    FALK SCIENCE QUAD

    1:00 - 4:30PM
    Library Special Collections Open House
    Staff of the Chapin Library and the College Archives will be on hand to introduce exhibits and collections featuring rare books, manuscripts, yearbooks and other artifacts of college history.
    CHAPIN LIBRARY,
    LEVEL 4 OF  SAWYER LIBRARY

    1:00 - 2:00PM
    The Presidency of Phinney Baxter

    Dustin Griffin '65 is a retired English professor turned local historian. Since he retired from 40 years of teaching, he has published two volumes of essays on the local history of Williams College and Williamstown. Many of the essays have been the basis of public lectures he has given in Williamstown over the last ten years about notable people, places, and events. Having written about Williams presidents Tyler Dennett (1934-37) and John Sawyer (1961-73), he now turns his attention to the president who came between them, James Phinney Baxter, III (1937-61) -- what he was able, and unable, to accomplish. Dusty is president of the Class of 1965 and a former trustee of the college. His lecture will be illustrated.
    BROOKS ROGERS

    1:00 - 2:00PM
    Student-Led Admission Tour

    Families with children beginning to think about college are encouraged to participate.
    PARESKY STEPS

    1:00 - 2:00PM*
    Forest Critter Exploration (Ages 5-12)
    Come out and search for some of the small creatures, including centipedes, slugs and salamanders, that dwell on the forest floor.
    HOPKINS FOREST

    1:30PM
    Hike Up to Stoney Ledge
    Meet at the Haley Farm Trailhead/parking lot around 1:30, returning around 4:30pm. Led by Hagen Yang '97.
    HALEY FARM TRAILHEAD,
    1033 HOPPER RD.

    2:15 - 3:15PM
    "Creatives Speak Freely: Class of 2007 Alumni Reflect on Artistic Living after Williams"
    Hear from a panel of 2007 creatives - Pamela Council '07, Brandi Brown '07, Jonaya Kemper '07 - on developing and curating their artistic lives post Williams.
    MAINSTAGE, '62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

    2:15 - 3:15PM
    Campus Tour
    If you haven't been to campus in a while, this tour is for you. A reunion ranger will show you the Sawyer Library, Hollander and Schapiro Halls, Weston Athletic Complex, The Class of 1966 Environmental Center, Horn Hall and the South Science Building.
    PARESKY STEPS

    2:15 - 3:15PM
    Tour of WCMA Strict Beauty Exhibition
    Join Lisa Dorin, WCMA's Deputy Director for Curatorial Engagement, for a tour of "Strict Beauty: Sol LeWitt Prints" before it closes on June 12!
    WILLIAMS COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART

    2:15 - 3:15PM*
    The Williams Admission Picture

    Families with children beginning to think about college are encouraged to attend this informal, interactive session with Williams admission officers.
    MEET OUTSIDE WESTON HALL

    2:15 - 3:15PM* 
    Community Drum Circle (All Ages)

    In this musical environment, learn rhythms, playful games, and songs from Africa, South America, and Asia. All instruments provided!
    PARESKY STEPS

    2:15 - 3:15PM*
    Lee F. Jackson '79 Memorial Track Meet and Family Games (Ages 5-12)

    Participate in races, water games, and more. Ribbons for all participants.
    LEE TRACK,
    WESTON ATHLETIC COMPLEX
    (Rain Location: Towne Field House)

    2:15 - 3:15PM*
    Williams Christian Fellowship Alumni Gathering

    Enjoy fellowship and connection with members of the Williams Alumni Christian Fellowship.
    GRIFFIN 3

    3:30PM
    Eph Meet-Up @ Reunion
    This casual networking reception features industry-specific chat areas where you can meet other Ephs who do what you do - or would like to do someday! Career shifters and other Ephs in professional transition are welcome, as are non-Eph spouses and guests. Come as you are, business cards optional!
    NEW LOCATION FOR 2022: FACULTY CLUB PORCH

    3:30PM
    Williams Rocks... What the Campus is Built In, On and Of 
    A walking tour of campus, from bedrock to building stones, and the stories they tell with Bud Wobus, Edna McConnell Clark Professor of Geology Emeritus.
    MEET IN THE FALK SCIENCE QUAD,
    BEHIND CLARK HALL

    3:30PM*
    Take Me to the River  (Ages 10+)
    A guided hike on Hopkins Forest's Hoosic River Trail with Hank Art.
    HOPKINS FOREST

    3:30PM*
    Family Yoga
    Infants, toddlers, kids of all ages are welcome to practice yoga with Amy Sosne '05! Games, silliness, zen, and movement with your loved ones.
    STETSON-SAWYER QUAD

    3:30PM*
    Outdoor Drawing Class (Ages 5-12)
    Enjoy an outdoor drawing session. No experience necessary; come to learn or practice what you already know. Supplies provided.
    ALUMNI CENTER,
    PARK ST. ENTRANCE

    3:30PM*
    Ultimate Frisbee Games (Ages 10+)
    Practice the skills you learned in the morning clinic! Led by WUFO members. Rain or shine.
    FARLEY-LAMB FIELD,
    WESTON ATHLETIC COMPLEX

    3:30PM
    College Chaplain’s Program

    Chaplain to the College Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer, Catholic Chaplain Bridget Power, Jewish Chaplain Rabbi Seth Wax, and Yale Buddhist Chaplain Sumi Loundon Kim ’97 will create and hold space for intergenerational alum dialogue as we collectively process the events of the last few years and their societal and individual impacts.
    GRIFFIN 3

    3:30PM
    “BUILDING 6 PORTRAIT INTERIOR” with artist Barbara Ernst Prey ’79
    MASS MoCA commissioned celebrated artist Barbara Ernst Prey ’79 to paint the largest watercolor in the world for the opening of their new building. Come see the painting and hear from Barbara.
    BUILDING 6, MASS MOCA

    4:00 - 6:00PM
    EPH Pride Reunion with BiGLATA
    Meet, share, and celebrate Pride with Williams LGBTQ+ alums and members of the Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Alumni Network (BiGLATA) attending Reunion. Light appetizers will be provided with a cash bar. No RSVP required for this casual event.
    THE LOG, 78 SPRING ST.

    6:00PM
    Class Dinners and Festivities
    Refer to class specific schedules for locations and details.

    7:00PM*
    ENCANTO (Rated: PG)
    Disney’s animated musical fantasy follows the story of an enchanted multi-generational Colombian family.
    IMAGES CINEMA, 50 SPRING ST.

    7:30PM*
    Capture the Flag (Ages 10+)
    You're never too old for this one. Join Reunion Rangers for this classic summer game.
    WILLIAMSON FIELD,
    WESTON ATHLETIC COMPLEX

    7:30PM*
    Drawing Class (Ages 10+)
    Explore your creative side with pastels and paper. No experience necessary; supplies provided.
    ALUMNI CENTER,
    PARK ST. ENTRANCE

    9:00PM*
    Movie at Images
    GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE (Rated: PG)
    When a single mother and her two kids move to a new town, they discover they have a connection to the original Ghostbusters.
    IMAGES CINEMA, 50 SPRING ST.

  • 9:30AM
    Reunion Service of Gratitude and Remembrance
    A multi-faith service to honor the passing of beloved classmates and celebrate the blessings of relationship to the Williams community. Led by Williams chaplains and alumni clergy.
    THOMPSON MEMORIAL CHAPEL

    NOON
    Dorm Checkout Deadline
    Leave your dorm key and name tag on the dresser in your room.

*Family Activities Programming

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