May 25, 2012

Dear Faculty colleagues,

Commencement weekend, June 2 – 3, rapidly approaches.  I encourage you to march in the Commencement procession on Sunday, June 3.  If you have not already done so, please inform Gail Burda (extension 4351, [email protected]) that you plan to march.  Our graduating seniors will appreciate your support.

Faculty are invited to several other events during the weekend.  These are great opportunities to meet the seniors and their families to congratulate them.  A calendar of events is available on the following web page.



Please assemble in your cap and gown on the walk on the west side Chapin Hall at 9:00 a.m.  Faculty Marshals Ollie Beaver and Peter Murphy will line up everyone.  The Commencement procession steps off promptly at 9:30 a.m.

Emeritus Faculty are invited to join the procession at the driveway to the President’s House.  Please arrive by 9:15 a.m.

Faculty sit on the Commencement stage.  In the procession, on reaching the stage the Faculty columns split left and right, climb the stairs to the stage, and fill the reserved seats from front to rear.

At the close of the ceremony the Faculty follow the Marshals off the stage and through the arena.  Just before reaching Hopkins Gate, the Faculty splits, as the Dean directs, to allow the graduates to pass through their ranks and receive our applause.

The President’s Reception immediately follows Commencement on Chapin Hall lawn.  Everybody is invited to this luncheon for the graduates, their guests, and the Faculty.

If you ordered a rental academic gown, please remember to return it immediately after Commencement to Gail Burda in Hopkins Hall.

Every effort will be made to hold Commencement outdoors.  In case of heavy rain, the ceremony will be held in Lansing-Chapman Ice Rink.  The signal for indoor Commencement will be the prolonged tolling of the Chapel bell, beginning at 9:00 a.m.  The Faculty line up at 9:00 a.m. in the center of the Herbert Towne Field House under the direction of the Faculty Marshals.  The procession proceeds through the covered walkway to the ice rink.

Finally, my thanks to all of you who will participate in Commencement this year.  The presence of so many faculty in the procession and on the stage is one of the distinctive features of a Williams Commencement, and it will be a pleasure to see you there.


Jeff Strait

Jefferson Strait
Professor of Physics & College Marshal
Williams College
Department of Physics
Williamstown, MA 01267
Direct phone:  (413) 597-2008
Office of the College Marshal phone:  (413) 597-2347
e-mail:  [email protected]
Physics web:  http://physics.williams.edu/
Commencement web:  http://commencement.williams.edu/