Commencement 2017

Sunday, June 4 at 10:00am

Sawyer Library, Quad 40 Chapin Hall Dr, Williams College, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA

Commencement begins with a formal academic procession at 9:30 am. The ceremony begins at 10 am.

Three members of the Senior Class give brief speeches and honorary degrees are awarded. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will deliver the Commencement Address.

Finally the College President awards a diploma to each senior. No tickets are necessary for outdoor Commencement on the Library Quad. Because the outdoor seating faces east, guests will find hats, sunglasses, and a water bottle useful on a sunny morning.  Every effort will be made to hold the ceremony outdoors, even with a possibility of light rain. Guests should bring rain gear if the weather forecast includes rain.

For those who prefer to sit indoors, the ceremonies will be streamed live into Brooks-Rogers Auditorium. No tickets required. This livestream will be made available on the College website as well. 

President Falk will honor degree recipients at a lunch reception on Sunday, immediately following Commencement. Graduates and their guests are cordially invited to attend. 

Should Commencement be held indoors, the public is welcome to view the simulcast in Chandler Gymnasium or via livestream.

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