Commencement 2017

Williams College Celebrates 228th Commencement

On Sunday, June 4, 2017, Williams College President Adam F. Falk conferred bachelor’s degrees on 525 seniors. Master of Arts degrees were awarded to 13 students in the Program in the History of Art, and 30 fellows from the Center for Development Economics received M.A. degrees in Policy Economics.

View the complete video of the Commencement Ceremony here.

View Commencement photos here.


  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Doctor of Letters

  • Billy Collins, Doctor of Letters

  • William C. Dudley ’89, Doctor of Laws

  • Gina McCarthy, Doctor of Laws

  • Gavin A. Schmidt, Doctor of Science

Addresses by Members of the Senior Class

  • Jeffrey N. Rubel, Class Speaker, “From Sharp Shard to Beautiful Treasure”
  • Melanie S. Subbiah, Phi Beta Kappa Speaker, “What Sometimes Goes Unnoticed”
  • Caroline C. White-Nockleby, Valedictorian, “Inflection Points”Honorary Degree Citations

Emeriti Citations

  • Mario J. Molina, Doctor of Science
  • Deval L. Patrick, Doctor of Laws
  • Ilona D. Bell, English
  • Ed Epping, Art
  • Darra Goldstein, German and Russian
  • Meredith C. Hoppin, Classics
  • Eugene J. Johnson, Art
  • Christine Larson Mason, Athletics
  • Aida Laleian, Art
  • Steven P. Levin, Art
  • Jefferson Strait, Physics
  • Karen E. Swann, English
  • William G. Wagner, History
  • William K. Wootters, Physics