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Though the Class of 2020 still has not had an official in-person commencement, the Class of 2021 had its commencement — technically a “senior celebration” — on May 31 of this year. (Photo courtesy of Allison Downing.)

Class of 2020 will finally get its commencement — in 2022

Megan Lin July 23, 2021
The Class of 2020 is set to have an in-person commencement in July 2022, with families and guests invited to attend.
The vaccine clinic entrance was located at the east door of the Towne Field House, which also serves as the site for the College’s COVID testing program. (Fiona Seibert/The Williams Record)

College to require COVID-19 vaccines for faculty, staff, but with broad exceptions

Saud Afzal Shafi June 10, 2021
The College will require faculty and staff to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, President Maud S. Mandel announced in a June 1 email to faculty and staff. But College employees can request exemptions on medical or religious grounds or due to “strongly-held beliefs on the subject,” according to Mandel’s email.
Students will no longer be required to wear masks while outdoors, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated. (Annie Lu/The Williams Record)

College to loosen COVID restrictions, graduation ceremony guest limits

Annie Lu, Megan Lin, and Ella Marx May 19, 2021
The College will loosen its COVID-19 restrictions in accordance with state rules, as well as broaden participation in the Class of 2021’s graduation ceremony, President Maud S. Mandel announced in an email to the College community on Tuesday. 
Since Friday, a wildfire has burned through over 900 acres of forest in Williamstown and Clarksburg. (Photo courtesy of Will Titus.)

Williamstown sees largest Massachusetts forest fire in over 20 years

Joey Fox May 19, 2021
A wildfire burned nearly 1,000 acres over the weekend, tearing across East Mountain, Pine Cobble, and Clarksburg State Forest to become the largest fire in Massachusetts since 1999.
Graduating seniors will be allowed to bring six guests each to the senior celebration ceremony. (Angela Gui/The Williams Record)

Seniors reflect on ending their time at the College

Sonia Prasad May 19, 2021
With the Senior Celebration approaching and guest limits loosened, seniors are excited to graduate. They are also distinctly aware, however, of what the pandemic has taken away.
(Devika Goel/The Williams Record)

College releases data from survey gauging prevalence of and attitudes on sexual violence

Annie Lu May 19, 2021
Responses from the the College’s 2021 EPH Community Attitudes on Sexual Assault (EPHCASA) campus climate survey, sent to all students in February, indicate a decrease in the prevalence of most types of unwanted sexual contact compared to previous years. Director of Sexual Assault Response and Health Education Meg Bossong '05 provided the Record with preliminary data from the survey.
Record survey reveals decreased approval of College policies, institutions

Record survey reveals decreased approval of College policies, institutions

Megan Lin and Kiara Royer May 19, 2021
The Record sent out its biannual approval ratings survey this past week to 500 randomly selected students, who were given the option to indicate whether they approve of, disapprove of, or feel neutral about various campus figures, institutions, and policies.
The College has offered international students, including seniors, the option of staying on campus over the summer. (Hannah Stillman/The Williams Record)

International students weigh choice between going home, staying on campus

Annie Lu May 19, 2021
With COVID-19 rates rising in many countries and travel restrictions still in place, international students at the College face a decision as the end of the spring semester looms: to return home — for the first time in over a year, for some — or to stay on campus through the summer.
The vaccine clinic entrance was located at the east door of the Towne Field House, which also serves as the site for the College’s COVID testing program. (Fiona Seibert/The Williams Record)

College holds COVID-19 vaccination clinic

Fiona Seibert May 19, 2021
The College partnered with Northern Berkshire Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Berkshire Health Systems, and the Berkshire Vaccine Collaborative to run an on-campus vaccination clinic on May 12, which came after the College was unable to offer vaccines on campus for the first few weeks after eligibility had opened to all adults in Massachusetts.
(Photo courtesy of Chris Sewell ’05.)

Associate Dean Chris Sewell ’05 to leave College in June for New York startup

Cameron Pugh May 19, 2021
Associate Dean of Students Chris Sewell ’05 will leave the College to take a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) position with the New York City startup Praxis Labs at the end of this semester, Senior Associate Dean of Students Rachel Bukanc announced in an email on May 14. Through research, data, and “immersive learning experiences, Praxis helps companies diversify their workforces and become more inclusive, according to their website.
WOOLF leaders who are currently on campus have met in person several times in small groups to learn the skills necessary for the trips. (Photo courtesy of Vince McNelis.)

WOOLF to proceed as normal in fall 2021

Fiona Seibert May 19, 2021
In fall 2021, all EphVentures orientation trips for first-years were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Orientation was held entirely remotely instead. In light of the College’s plans to relax COVID restrictions for the fall, Williams Outdoor Orientation for Living as First-Years (WOOLF), the most popular EphVenture program, is slated to occur as normal for the Class of 2025.
(Devika Goel/The Williams Record)

96% of on-campus students have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, Record survey estimates

Vast majority of students are not yet fully vaccinated
Annie Lu, Grady Short, and Kevin Yang May 5, 2021
Ninety-six percent of students living on campus have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, a Record survey sent to the entire student body on Saturday estimates. Only 9.6 percent of the 751 on-campus students who responded, however, are fully vaccinated, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines as occurring two weeks after the final required dose.
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