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Calendar 2016-2017

Sept. TBA   First Days
Sept. 6 Tuesday First-year Student Advising
Sept. 8 Thursday First day of classes Fall Semester
Sept. 17* Saturday Convocation
Oct. TBA One of first three Fridays Mountain Day
Oct. 10-11 Monday & Tuesday Fall Reading Period
Oct. 28-30 Friday through Sunday Family Days
Nov. 5 Saturday Homecoming
Nov. 23-27 Wednesday through Sunday Thanksgiving Recess
Dec. 9 Friday Last day of classes Fall Semester
Dec. 10-13 Saturday through Tuesday Reading Period
Dec. 14-19 Wednesday through Monday Final Examinations
Dec. 20 Tuesday Vacation begins
Jan. 3 Tuesday First day of Winter Study Period
Jan. 26 Thursday Last day of Winter Study Period
Feb. 1 Wednesday First day of classes Spring Semester (classes to follow a Thursday schedule)
Organizational Meetings for classes that don't meet the first two days of classes 7-9 p.m.
Feb. 2 Thursday Claiming Williams Day, no classes
Feb. 3 Friday Classes resume their assigned schedule
Feb. 17-18 Friday & Saturday College Holidays (Winter Carnival)
Mar. 18-April 2 Saturday through Sunday Spring Recess
May 12 Friday Last day of classes Spring Semester
May 13-16 Saturday through Tuesday Reading Period
May 17-22 Wednesday through Monday Final Examinations
June 3 Saturday Class Day
June 3 Saturday Baccalaureate Service
June 4 Sunday, 10:00 a.m. Commencement
June 8-11 Thursday through Sunday Alumni Reunions







M,W,F     T,Th

M,Th   W    T,F


Fall Semester

36       25

25    12    24


Spring Semester

36       25

25    12    24


The Winter Study Period covers 24 calendar days.
Approved March 12, 2014. *(Updated 1/22/2015--Convocation date change.)

NOTE: Because no Williams student should ever have to choose between important religious, academic and athletic commitments, College policy provides for students who wish to participate in religious observances that conflict with other obligations to make arrangements with their instructors to do so.

The policy, approved in 1984 by the faculty and trustees in compliance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, states that "Any student who is unable, because of his or her religious beliefs, to attend classes or to participate in any examination, study, or work requirement on a particular day shall be excused from any such requirement, and shall be provided an opportunity to make up such requirement which s/he may have missed because of such absence now-provided, however, that such makeup examination or work shall not create an unreasonable burden upon the College. No adverse or prejudicial effects shall result to any student" who makes use of this provision of college policy.

The faculty (including coaches) receive annual reminders of this policy, and are encouraged to work carefully with students in anticipating and resolving conflicts to their mutual satisfaction.

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