Travel, Lodging, Dining

Commencement Central

Maps and additional instructions will be available at Commencement Central in Paresky Student Center on the Friday and Saturday of Commencement Weekend, 10 am – 4 pm.

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

Peter Pan/Bonanza Bus


When to Arrive

If you can get to Williamstown Friday night, you’ll be able to attend the full range of Commencement Weekend Events. Learn more about Saturday morning’s Phi Beta Kappa InductionSigma Xi Induction, and Ivy Exercises. (Students are notified of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi selections in late May. The Commencement Office does not receive advance notice of these selections.)

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.  And on Saturday morning, check out the Williamstown Farmer’s Market!