1968’s 50th Reunion
June 7 – 10, 2018
Mark Robertson, Director, 50th Reunion Program
(413) 597-4284 or [email protected]
Chris Robare, Associate Director, 50th Reunion Program
(413) 597-4992 or [email protected]
Darlene Alderman, 50th Reunion Program Assistant
(413) 597-4284 or [email protected]
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 cookout and is followed by a spectacular calendar of activities including class receptions and dinners, entertainment, academic and alumni seminars, outdoor leisurely pursuits, the alumni meeting and parade of classes, campus and museum tours, and even 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.
Annual 50th Program Events
The following is a sample of events to look forward to as you approach your 50th Reunion.
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. Now hosted by the College President, this tradition continues and is held every fall during peak foliage season, a football tailgate joined by other 50th cycle classes, academic seminars, class dinners, and a farewell brunch on Sunday.
Since 1985 Williams has operated a junior year abroad program at Exeter College and Oxford University in England. For almost as long, the incoming 50th Reunion Class has had the opportunity to gather on this incredible Campus for a week of exploring, camaraderie and fun. This trip 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.
Classmates are encouraged to host “Mini-reunions” either on or off-campus. Off-campus gatherings are held in an area that offers cultural attractions and a variety of activities whether it be a major metropolitan area or a seasonal destination. Members of the faculty are invited to give academic presentations and offer a glimpse of what life at Williams is like today.
Reunion Class Book
A favorite memento from Reunion, the Class Book gaps the fifty years since graduation. Organized by volunteer class editor(s), the pages come to life with personal essays and recent photographs. For details on your class book project, we encourage you to visit your class website, or contact Darlene Alderman at [email protected].
50th Reunion Giving
In addition to celebrating alumni accomplishments, friendships and the milestone of the 50th Reunion, Williams proudly honors the giving tradition of 50th Reunion Classes and the meaningful legacy it has had for many generations. If you are interested in making a gift to Williams and your 50th Reunion or have questions about 50th giving, please contact Mark Robertson ’02, Director, 50th Reunion Program at (413) 597-4284, or
The 50th Gift
In simple terms, the 50th Reunion Gift presented by a Class to Williams is actually the collection of all gifts and pledges made by members of that Class over the previous ten years. These may include gifts to the Alumni Fund, individual gifts establishing endowed funds for various purposes and the special designated Class Gift Purpose as illustrated below.
The Class Gift Purpose
The unique personality of every 50th Reunion Class is reflected in the special designated Class Gift Purpose they create in consultation with College leadership. In addition to Scholarship Funds, recent examples of designated gifts include The Class of 1961 Center for Development Economics Endowment, The Class of 1954 Tutorial Fund and The Class of 1958 Lounge in the Paresky Student Center. Every member of the Class has the opportunity to donate to the Class Gift Purpose and while all gifts count toward the 50th Gift Total, only gifts to the designated Class Gift Purpose support this special initiative.
In addition to outright gifts of cash or stock, Williams offers creative planned giving strategies that allow prospective donors to leverage their philanthropy while possibly providing income for life, maximizing charitable income tax deductions or taking advantage of unique assets. To make a gift, please contact Margaret McComish and the Gift Planning office at (413) 597-3538 or (877) 374-7526 or [email protected] for more information. You can also visit giftplanning.williams.edu/50th-reunion-gift-planning-materials.