Student Life at Williamson

The Academic Year

The academic year consists of fall and spring semesters. Classes regularly begin on the Wednesday preceding Labor Day and run until just before Christmas. Classes resume in mid-January and conclude with two weeks of campus clean-up and maintenance until Commencement and Alumni Day, the Friday and Saturday following Memorial Day. No classes are held on Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, and designated faculty in-service days.

The Daily Routine

To prepare students for full-time employment, Williamson requires its students to follow a structured daily schedule that begins early in the morning and extends to dinner (and often beyond). The typical daily schedule is as follows:

Morning

Line-up & Breakfast
6:45-7:30 am

Chapel
7:35 am

Periods 1-4
8:00 am – 11:50 am

Afternoon

Lunch
12:00 pm

Periods 5-8
1:00 pm – 4:50 pm

Dinner
5:00 pm

Evening

Extra Curricular / Flex Time
5:45 pm – 10:00 pm

Study Hall
8:30 pm

Lights Out
10:30 pm

Note: Friday’s schedule is the same as other days, except Period 8 is cancelled for student dismissal at 4:15 p.m.

Morning Lineup
The day at Williamson begins with lineup at 6:45 a.m., Monday through Friday. Students stand in front of the Main Building for roll call and are inspected to ensure that they comply with the college’s dress code and grooming regulations. Lineup is held indoors in the event of inclement weather or darkness.

Chapel
As part of Williamson’s commitment to providing moral and religious training, a nondenominational religious service is held each weekday at 7:30 a.m. in the Chapel in the Main Building. Because Chapel is a vital part of the college’s program, all students must attend. Chapel services emphasize moral and spiritual values presented from a Judeo-Christian perspective, and include speakers from the staff, alumni, student body, and community.

Freshman Orientation

A four-day freshman orientation is held prior to fall classes to acquaint new students with the college and its procedures and rules. Participation is mandatory for all freshmen.