Upcoming Reunion Dates
June 6 – 10, 2018
June 5-10, 2019
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.
Even before your 50th Reunion weekend celebration, you will have many chances to gather with your classmates and their spouses and partners:
In 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.)
In April, the Williams president invites Ephs two years in advance of their 50th to Williamstown for an insider’s look at the college today. You’ll meet senior staff, faculty, and students and discuss tomorrow’s opportunities and challenges.
Summer Oxford Trip
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.
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.