First Days 2024 Schedule

This schedule is under development and additional content will be added so please check back regularly and get familiar with it. It is also mobile friendly!

Please note sessions with an R, E, or W next to the location indicates if it is required, encouraged, or has a focus on Health and Wellness.

R-Required

E-Encouraged

W-Focused on Health and Wellness

Information about Religious Observance during First Days

Thursday, August 29 - Move-In Day

Time Event Location
8:00am-12:00pmStudents Arrive at Pre-scheduled check in times (EphHelpers available to assist 8-11am)Paresky Center
8:00am-1:00pmZilkha Center Reusable Water Bottle Pick Up - Complete the sustainability course in your inbox to be eligible!

WOOLF students who have completed the module: your bottle will be waiting for you at WOOLF check-in on September 1st. Please do not pick up during this distribution time.
Class of 1966 Environmental Center
10:00am-1:00pmCommunity Resource FairParesky Center (E)
11:00am-1:00pmFirst-Year Family LunchParesky Tent (E)
11:00am-12:00pmCampus Tour:
Take a guided walk on the beautiful Williams campus,
explore the landscape, academic and residential
spaces, and learn more about the place our students call home.
Meet at Weston Hall (E)
12:00pm-1:00pmParents of Varsity Athletes MeetingBernhard Music Center/Brooks Rogers
1:00pm-1:30pmGOODBYE HUGS!
1:30pm-2:30pmWelcoming Families to Williams:
Maud Mandel, President, Prof. of History
Gretchen Long, Dean of the College, Frederick Rudolph
Class of 1965 Prof. of American Culture
Leticia Smith-Evans Haynes, Vice President for
Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Chapin Hall
1:30pm-2:15pmFirst Entry MeetingsYour Assigned Entry Space (students only) (R)
2:30pm-3:45pmVOICES Group A Frosh Quad - Community on CampusChapin Hall (R)
2:30pm-4:00pmPARTY SAFER Group B Mission'62 Center (R)
2:30pm-4:00pmParent, Family & Friends Reception
Join President Mandel and Steve Simon
for a reception on the President's House lawn.
Light refreshments will be available.
President's House Lawn
4:00pm-4:30pmVOICES Group A Frosh Quad - DebriefSage 1 - Physics 205
Sage 2 - Wach 015
Sage 3 - Chem 202
Sage 4 - Wach 113
Willy 1 - Wach 114
Willy 2 - Griffin 6
Willy 3 - Griffin 7
Willy 4 - Griffin 5
4:45pm-6:00pmVOICES Group B Mission - Community on CampusChapin Hall (R)
4:45pm-6:15pmPARTY SAFER Group A Frosh Quad'62 Center (R)
6:15pm-6:45pmVOICES Group B Mission - DebriefAP1 - Griffin 5
AP2 - Physics 203
AP3 - Physics 205
AP4 - Wach 015
MD1 - Griffin 7
MD2 - Wach 114
MD3 - Chem 202
MD4 - Wach 113
6:00pm-8:00pmDining Hall Debut! Dinner with your entry mates in the dining hall.Various Dining Halls
8:00pm-11:00pmFirst Night Fest!
Featuring ice cream from Sisters of Anarchy
ice cream from Vermont, Doggies from the
local community, "Dunk the Dean" Dunk Tank,
Bouncy slide, Skee Ball, Soccer Darts,
Lawn Games, and meet Ephelia our mascot!
Paresky & Sawyer Quad (E) (W)

Friday, August 30

Time Event Location
7:30am-9:00amBreakfastDining Halls
9:30am-10:30amFirst Class Meeting
Dean Walsh, Dean for First Year Students
Maud Mandel, President, Prof. of History
Gretchen Long, Dean of the College, Frederick Rudolph
Class of 1965 Prof. of American Culture
Leticia Smith-Evans Haynes, Vice President for
Chapin Hall (R)
10:30am-11:00amHousing: The First Year Area Coordinators and Team Welcome You!Sawyer Lawn (R)
11:30am-1:00pmPicnic on the President's House Lawn
Grab a spot on a picnic blanket for lunch
on Maud's lawn! Music, selfie photo booth,
and presidential engagement!
President's House (E)
1:00pmEphVenture Program Check InsWOOLF: Lansing Chapman Hockey Rink
ETA, WAI?, Root, Leading Minds: Paresky Porch
5:00pm-8:00pmDinnerParesky Tent

Saturday, August 31--Monday, Sept 2 - EphVentures

Sunday, September 1

Time Event Location
7:30pmCatholic MassThompson Memorial Chapel

Monday, September 2

Time Event Location
7:30am-10:30amBreakfastDining Halls
10:00am-1:00pmFree time-relax, explore, chill post EphV.
Various EphVenture programs come to a close
through the morning.
All around
11:30am-2:00pmLunchDining Halls
1:00pm-2:00pmPost EphVenture JA/Entry ReunionYour Entry Space (E)
2:15pm-3:00pmFraming Community:
Presented by the Davis Center
Who are you? Where are you from? Have you examined
how your privileges can impact others? How can you
find a sense of inclusion and belonging at Williams?
Please join the Davis Center to think through these
questions together. Framing Community will discuss our
identities in relationship to race, gender, sexuality,
and other social group identities.
Chapin Hall (R)
3:30pm-4:30pmSpeak About It ATBD
5:00pm-6:00pmSpeak About It BTBD
5:30pm-8:00pmDinner - All Campus Picnic
Paresky Tent
7:00pm-9:00pmSustainable Sorbet Social
Class of 1966 Environmental Center (E)
Sign up here
8:00pm-10:00pmChaplains' Office Fun EventMore info to come!

Tuesday, September 3

Time Event Location
7:30am-10:30amBreakfastDining Halls
10:00am-10:30amGetting to know CSSChapin (R)
10:30am-11:30amMind, Body, and Spirit
Wellness & Self Care
Integrative Wellbeing Services & Chaplains' Office
Chapin (R)(W)
12:00pm-4:00pmPlacement ExamsPlacement Information
11:30am-1:00pmLunchDining Halls
12:30pm-2:00pmIWS Open House
Come visit the Integrative Wellness Services location.
We welcome all students to come over, meet some
team members, learn about our resources and services,
and pick up some sweet swag!
Thompson Health Center -
105 The Knolls (E)(W)
12:30pm-2:00pmChaplains' Office Open HouseParesky 205 and Henze Lounge(E)(W)
3:00pm-3:45pmSpeak About it Group A - Frosh Quad DEBRIEFSage 1 - Schow 030B
Sage 2 - Wachenheim 015
Sage 3 - Wachenheim 017
Sage 4 - Schapiro 129
Willy 1 - Wachenheim 113
Willy 2 - Chem 202
Willy 3 - Wachenheim 114
Willy 4 - Goodrich 207
4:00pm-4:45pmSpeak About it Group B - Mission DEBRIEFAP1/MD1 - Wachenheim 113
AP2 - Wachenheim 017
AP3 - Wachenheim 015
AP4 - Schapiro 129
MD2 - Wachenheim 114
MD3 - Goodrich 207
MD4 - Chem 202
5:00pm-8:00pmDinnerDining Halls
6:00pm-8:00pmMusical Bingo with Sundae Bar and
Prizes! Admissions & SFS Event
Join the Office of Admission and Student
Financial Services for an evening of Musical Bingo,
ice cream sundaes, and PRIZES!
The ice cream sundae bar will include plenty
of toppings and flavors to be scooped by
the Admission and SFS team who are excited
to meet all of the incredible First-Years!
Musical Bingo, hosted by local mainstay DJ Bizz,
begins at 6:15 pm. Be sure to come early
for the best chance to win prizes, including
Williams blankets, hoodies, and other swag!
Door prizes will be given to the first 100 people
who show up to the event.
Other prizes and raffle tickets will be up for grabs for
everyone throughout the night!
Weston Hall
7:00pm-8:30pmSexpo - Whether you had great sex ed in high
school or no sex ed in high school, there's
always more to discuss and think about.
Join the Sexpo peer educators for conversations about
healthy relationships, identity, pleasure, sexual health,
and more! Snacks, fun, and prizes!
TBD

Wednesday, September 4

Time Event Location
7:30am-10:30amBreakfastDining Halls
10:00am-11:00amLooking Ahead to the Academic Life:
Gretchen Long, Dean of the College
Frederick Rudolph Class of 1965 Prof. of American Culture
Katy Evans, Office of Accessible Education
Hale Polebaum-Freeman, Reference and First-Year Outreach Librarian
Julia Munemo, Director of the Writing Center
Nick Hanford, Director of the Quantitative Skills Program
- Peer Academic Support
Chapin (R)
11:00am-12:30pmAcademic Expo!Sawyer and Schow Libraries (R)
11:30am-2:00pmLunchDining Halls
12:00pm-3:00pmZilkha Center Reusable Water Bottle Pick Up -
Complete the sustainability course in your inbox to be eligible!

WOOLF students who have completed the module: your bottle will be waiting for you at WOOLF check-in on September 1st. Please do not pick up during this distribution time.
Class of 1966 Environmental Center
1:00pm-2:00pmTransfer and Non-traditional Student Sessions
(refer to Pre-O Schedule)
1:30pm-4:00pmAcademic AdvisingVarious locations
2:00pm-3:15pmAcademic Support Fair -
Peer Tutoring, First Year Outreach Librarian, Office of Accessible
Education, OIT, Writing Center, Quantitative Skills Program,
Center for Career Exploration, Deans' Office and more!
Paresky Tent (Required) Note: If you are planning to meet with your academic advisor during this time window, plan to visit this event before or after your advising appointment).
3:30pm-4:00pmPractice and P. Sets: Preparing for Your First College Exams'62 Center (Required UNLESS you have an appointment scheduled between 3:30-4pm with your academic advisor)
4:00pm-5:00pmWriting Your First College Paper'62 Center (R)
5:00pm-8:00pmDinnerDining Halls
6:00pm-9:00pmClark Museum Event (More Info Forthcoming)At The Clark Art Institute

Thursday, September 5 -Classes Begin!