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Class of '75 Reunion:
All the details are right here

Registration opens in April 2025, but here are things we can tell you now! We'll be posting more details as they become available. You can find more information about ALL reunions here: https://alumni.williams.edu/reunion/ .

Meanwhile if you have questions, please contact the 50th​.Reunion​@williams.edu or call (413) 597-4284.

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Where to stay

Details regarding hotel room blocks, dorm accommodations, and a list of alternative lodging will be shared with the class via email in October 2024. This tradition of waiting until the October preceding the upcoming Reunion has been developed to prevent too much advance booking years ahead of time. Area inns and hotels have practiced these timetables for years.
 
Hotels: The 50th Reunion Program Office arranges room blocks at the Williams Inn and one or two other local hotels. The blocks are on a first-come, first-served basis with a reservation deadline typically four to six weeks prior to Reunion.
 
Dorms: A dorm "reservation list" will be available in October 2024 as well. Classmates will be able to sign up via email for dorm beds (first come, first served.) If you sign up, you will need to register and pay for the space(s) once Reunion registration opens in April 2025 to guarantee the beds.

Other accommodations: A list of alternative lodging is at Destination Williamstown, or try AirB&B or VRBO.

How much will it cost?

For past 50th reunions, the four-day gathering (five or six planned meals, Reunion swag, the class book and more) typically has cost between $450 and $490 per person to attend. The Class of ‘75 is especially fortunate that an anonymous classmate has offered to provide whatever funds necessary to bring that cost down to $400. Fees are set by February 2025.

 

In addition, an anonymous donor has offered to provide financial assistance as needed so that cost is not a disincentive to attending. More news on all of this will follow as we get closer to Reunion

Want to help a classmate get to Reunion yourself? There will be a "Support an Eph" option on the registration form where you can offer an entirely optional gift of any amount to help fellow classmates be there.

Why return for Williams Reunions, especially the 50th

Rich Pickard gives his reasons:

 

When I was a Williams student, I was not very mature. I had a group of friends, and it was no risk to hang around with them. So I did!

 

After I left Williams, I began to realize what an extraordinary group of students I went to school with. I also realized that there were many of my fellow students who I did not know and who I wish that I did know. I went to a reunion or some alumni activities near where I lived, and I began to meet interesting, talented, friendly people who went to Williams. I found lots of other people, who, like me, may not have been the most open and engaging people when we were students, but after we left, we began to appreciate what we had in common by going to school in the Purple Valley. We benefited from others’ willingness to open their circle of friends. You can too!

 

If you’ve gone to a Williams reunion, you know. But if you’ve written off Williams because of experiences you had when you were a student there, it might be time to give us another try. You too will likely find that folks who return now are much friendlier. We have matured a bit. We are past the stage of trying to one-up our classmates with our accomplishments. Life has set in. Many of us are dealing with serious illnesses, death, divorce or other issues in our lives or those of family members.

 

We now realize you don’t have to be perfect to have attended Williams. We can be there for each other with the frequency that makes sense given our circumstances. Real friendships can be made for the first time or you can reconnect after a hiatus.

Give our 50th Reunion a try. You stand an excellent chance of having a wonderful time!

And so does Nancy Reece Jones:

I’m an unabashed fan of our class reunions. From them, I’ve derived a confidence, a sense of belonging, that eluded me during my four years at Williams. 

 

My first reunion, our 10th, was a watershed moment—literally. I enjoyed the meet-and-greet gathering the first evening, yet returning to the little single dorm room that night triggered an unexpected catharsis. All my demons from those years of feeling like an outsider, yearning to connect with others but not knowing how, hit me like a tsunami. I sobbed and sobbed. It was my own mini-exorcism, freeing me from that buried past and enabling me, emotionally, to take my rightful place in our class. 

 

Since then, I’ve become a regular at our reunions. They’re fun, stimulating, and rejuvenating, both socially and intellectually. It’s been as satisfying to spend moments with classmates I barely knew as those with whom I shared classes and dorms. I follow my natural curiosity into conversations with those I once felt to be way out of my league or with whom I never crossed paths, and invariably feel enriched. 

 

Many presume that reunions are rife with reminiscences about old times. Maybe for some, but that’s not my shtick. I find learning about classmates’ life journeys far more compelling than trading stories from decades past. 

 

What brings me back to the Purple Valley every five years is the knowledge that I’m going to have a terrific time. By virtue of being a Williams alum, I’m part of a remarkable community of people whose lives are rich with experiences, accomplishments, passions, and challenges—both personally and professionally. I just need to show up and be open, to laugh and learn and leave full-hearted. What a treat!

Want to know more?

Contact the 50th Reunion Program Office by email at 50th​.Reunion​@williams.edu, or call (413) 597-4284. Or see https://alumni.williams.edu/reunion/ .

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