Commencement at Williams is a moving and joyous occasion for families and friends as well as for graduating seniors. Here are resources and suggestions to help ensure the experience is comfortable and relaxing, as well as exciting, for all. If you are or your guests have accessibility needs, please visit our Accessibility for Guests page or reach out to us with any questions or concerns.
We ask that all our guests be fully vaccinated (boosters optional, but preferred) before arriving on campus and that guests wear masks indoors at all times.
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Getting to Williamstown
Various approaches–by trains, planes, automobiles, and buses–follow. If you’re flying into Albany or Hartford, keep in mind that ground transportation from those airports to Williamstown means renting a car or hiring a driver.
- Car: Driving directions (Google)
- Plane: Albany International Airport or Bradley International Airport
- Bus: Peter Pan/Bonanza Bus
- Train: Amtrak or MetroNorth
Where to Stay
While Williamstown and nearby communities offer a wide range of lodging, venues closest to campus get booked early, so make your reservations as early as possible. It’s very difficult to cancel hotel/motel rooms and receive a refund for this weekend, so if for some reason you don’t need a reserved room, you can try offering it on Williams Switchboard.
- Area hotels, motels, inns
- Visitor’s Guide: Where to Stay in the Berkshires
- Airbnb resource
- Destination Williamstown
Graduating seniors receiving financial aid from Williams are welcome to reserve on-campus housing for their guests over Commencement Weekend. These rooms are in vacated student residence halls with shared bathrooms and no air-conditioning. Each senior may reserve up to four rooms, with one bed per room, for a maximum of four guests. Williams will charge your student account $20 for each room, in advance and non-refundable, for the entire weekend (both Friday and Saturday nights). Williams will reach out to all eligible seniors in February with instructions on how to reserve campus guest rooms.
Nearby Dining Options
Suggestions from Berkshire Menus
Tickets are only needed for the Baccalaureate Service and indoor Commencement. Holding Commencement inside only happens in the case of extreme weather. Each senior will automatically get 4 tickets for indoor Commencement. Baccalaureate tickets are by request only. Read more about tickets here.
We make every effort to anticipate the needs of the many guests who will gather at Williams for Commencement Weekend. We do have accessible seating available for guests who need it. We ask that you arrive early to the events below–and by 8:30 for Commencement–so that we can help you from where you’ll park to where you’ll be seated. If you do not find the information you need below, we encourage you to contact us. Printed maps and additional information will be available at Commencement Central in Paresky Student Center from 10 am – 6 pm on the Friday and Saturday of Commencement Weekend. We cannot provide wheelchairs. Please contact Surgimed (413) 663-8655 if you need such services. More detailed information can be found here.