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The Academic Year

The academic year consists of fall and spring semesters. Classes regularly begin on the week preceding Labor Day and run until just before Christmas. Classes resume in mid-January and conclude with final exams, then spring clean-up until Commencement, the Friday and Saturday following Memorial Day. No classes are held on Labor Day, the Monday following Homecoming, Thanksgiving, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, 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

Breakfast

6:30 am

Lineup

7:15 am

Chapel

7:30 am

Periods 1-4

8:00 - 11:35 am

Afternoon

Lunch

11:45 am

Periods 5-8

12:45 - 4:20 pm

Lineup

4:30 pm

Dinner

M-W: 6:15 pm | Th: 5:00 pm

Evening

Extra Curricular/Flex Time

5:45 - 10:00 pm

Study Hall

4:45 - 6:30 pm & 7:00 - 10:00 pm

Lights Out

10:30 pm

Morning Lineup

The day at Williamson begins with lineup at 7:15 a.m., Monday through Friday. Students stand in front of Rowan Hall for accountability 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.

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 Rowan Hall. 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 Christian perspective, and include speakers from the staff, alumni, student body, and the community.