To the Great Class of 2017 –

CONGRATULATIONS! You are so close to graduation!! On June 4th you will transition from being an undergrad to being an alum. And while you have been a student for 4 (sometimes long) years, you will be an alum for the rest of your life. I currently have the huge honor of serving as the President of the Society of Alumni, and I look forward to officially welcoming you at Commencement.

I know that each of you has experienced Williams in you own unique way, and that for most of you, the past few years have surely had their ups and downs. That will likely continue once you leave the Purple Valley. But you will come to learn that there is an entire community of Ephs out there ready and thrilled to welcome you into the fold. Your Williams connections will continue to grow and evolve. And there are lots of ways to feed those connections – attend reunion every five years; participate in regional events; travel to a NESCAC school to watch your favorite team compete; come back to campus to speak to students about your career; or be a volunteer… You can be a class agent, or a head agent or a Vice Chair for the alumni fund; you can work to organize events in your region; you can be a class officer or help to organize your reunion – or motivate classmates to return to campus too; you can connect with other alums in your affinity group and organize those events. If you want to get involved, contact the alumni office (alumni.relations@williams.edu or 413-597-4151) where they will be more than happy to find a niche for you!

I can tell you that personally, my relationship with Williams has only deepened over time. When I was graduating, I had a lot of mixed emotions about leaving campus. But what I didn’t expect was that my classmates and other alums would support me through good times and bad, would help me along my career path, and that Williams as a place would continue to feel like home. Through my own volunteer work, I have met so many wonderful Ephs from classes ranging from the ’40s to now ’17. And while the world has changed in many ways, what has not changed is the fundamental belief we all share in the value of receiving an excellent education, in a small place, where people care about one another and develop a strange fondness for cows and the color purple. We are all connected to each other – and we all care about you. Do not hesitate to reach out to any of us to ask for help, to request information, or just to say hi.

I will see you at graduation. In the meantime, enjoy your last few days as an undergrad, and here’s to a wonderful future as an alum.

All my best,

Jordan Hampton ’87
President, Williams College Society of Alumni

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