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


When to Arrive

The only event open to families this year is the commencement ceremony on Monday, May 31. Tickets are limited to 2 per senior.

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

Commencement Tickets

All attendees, including seniors, guests and faculty and staff, will be required to register and obtain tickets in advance. By

law, people will only be admitted to the site with a ticket. We’ll use a contactless ticketing system, with details to follow.

Photography and Video


Graduation Announcements and Class Rings