For Families

Commencement at Williams is a moving and joyous occasion for families 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.

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Getting to Williamstown

Various approaches–by trains, plains, automobiles, and buses–follow. Families flying into Albany or Hartford should keep in mind that ground transportation from those airports to Williamstown means renting a car or hiring a driver.

Driving directions (Google)

Albany International Airport
Bradley International Airport (Hartford, Ct.)

Peter Pan/Bonanza Bus


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.

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.

General Information 

Photography and Video


Graduation Announcements and Class Rings