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The original board of trustees laid the groundwork for what would become today's Williams College on July 9, 1876, when the group gathered to hold the Williams College's inaugural board meeting and drafted the establishment's articles of incorporation. This guiding document outlined elements the founders believed would build an enduring legacy for the College: a commitment to offering a rigorous academic program and an ambition to provide "opportunities for all departments of higher education to persons of both sexes on equal terms." On September 10, 1876, the State of California issued the College's official certificate of incorporation, marking the formal beginning of the College's life.

An initial pledge of $600,000 (roughly $16 million in today's currency) from oil magnate James Williams, along with contributions by the American Baptist Education Society, helped to found the College. The land of the College was donated by Marshall Field, owner of the historic Chicago department store that bore his name.

When you work full-time while studying, you need to sacrifice personal time, which meant that I took my studies seriously. My ambition was to complete my degree successfully.

Debra Banks

Diploma for Graduates in Management, USA

When you work full-time while studying, you need to sacrifice personal time, which meant that I took my studies seriously. My ambition was to complete my degree successfully.

Steven Alvarez

Diploma for Graduates in Programming, USA

Recent News

Campus Opening Convocation

Opening Convocation marks the official start of the academic year and mirrors Williams College's Commencement ceremony.

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Freshman Matriculation Ceremony in Williams College

The annual Matriculation ceremony marks a student's formal enrollment in the College.

15 June 5:00pm
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Williams College Leadership Academy

Williams College Leadership Academy provides an avenue through which community colleges can prepare their future leaders.

15 June 5:00pm
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2019 New Student Orientation – Session III

New Student Orientation is a series of events, activities, and opportunities developed to assist students, both first-year and transfer.

15 June 5:00pm
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