To the Class of 2017,

Did you have a teacher in high school who made a big difference in your life? Someone whose teaching inspired you and whose dedication helped you on your path? 

Now’s your chance to say thank you—with our help. Every year during Commencement Weekend, the college honors several teachers with the Olmsted Prize for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching. We bring the recipients to Williamstown and present them with the award and a $3,000 prize, and an additional $5,000 goes to each teacher’s school. They’re celebrated at a special dinner and during Ivy Exercises that weekend.

I can tell you that the teachers who receive these prizes are incredibly honored by the tributes from the students who’ve nominated them, and the weekend during which they’re celebrated stands out as one of the most memorable experiences of their lives. It’s also enormously meaningful for all of us on campus to meet and thank a few of the many devoted teachers whose work helped bring you to Williams. And as we do so, it’s a chance for Williams to honor teachers—and teaching—broadly and very publicly, on an occasion when the world is watching.

I write now to invite you to nominate a teacher who’s had a profound impact on your life. There’s more information—including guidelines and a nomination form—online. The deadline for submitting a nomination is Tuesday, January 3.

I hope you’ll take this opportunity to participate in one of Williams’ most wonderful traditions. 


Adam Falk

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