A group of students walking in the woods. Fall foliage lines the path, which is bordered by a stone wall and has an open green field on the other side.

It’s Mountain Day!

It’s Mountain Day!

Early Friday morning, President Maud S. Mandel announced that classes were canceled and declared Oct. 13, 2023, Mountain Day. The chapel bells sounded the tune of “The Mountains,” signifying the start of an activity-filled day.

Find the complete schedule of activities and information about accessibility on the Outing Club’s Mountain Day web page.

Mountain Day originated more than 200 years ago as Chip Day and Gravel Day, a springtime event to clean up campus, and has become an annual tradition of a spontaneous break from classes. The Williams community far and wide is invited to take advantage of the outdoors, creating “memories of beauty and grandeur that years will not efface,” per The Williams Record in 1909. Read more about the history of Mountain Day from Special Collections.

Happy Mountain Day, everyone!

Share your #mtnday experience!

Post photos and videos of your Mountain Day—wherever you are!—by tagging @williamscollege and using the hashtag #mtnday. Visit Williams’ social channels on Instagram, Facebook, Threads, and X (formerly Twitter) to see how the Eph community is celebrating on campus and around the world.

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