The William & Mary Alumni Association has hosted Homecoming since 1926. As always, this year’s Homecoming was one of the highlights of the year, welcoming more than 3,700 alumni, students, parents and friends to the brick walkways of campus. Eighty-five percent of this year’s attendees were not celebrating a reunion, a testament to alumni coming back year after year. The feedback has been tremendous and be assured that the Alumni Association is committed to making Homecoming the best experience possible for all involved.
More than 100 campus events were offered during this signature Alumni Association program. With the guidance of Bill Schermerhorn ’82, former creative director of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the 2016 Homecoming Parade was bigger and better than ever. The grand marshals were the Honorable Michael K. Powell ’85, D.P.S. ’02 and Jane Powell ’85. On Friday evening, after the parade, more than 1,200 people attended the Virginia Uncorked event, which featured tastings from 15 local breweries, wineries, meaderies and distilleries, most of which are owned or operated by alumni. The dedication of the Lemon and Hardy residence halls highlighted the Saturday morning events. The weekend was only intensified by the football game, which we won, 24-17, after a late rally in the fourth quarter. We look forward to seeing you next year, so please save Oct. 19-22 for Homecoming 2017.
Homecoming is but one example of our focus on world-class alumni engagement. Our goal is to provide exceptional benefits to all alumni in five key areas: signature programs such as Homecoming and W&M Weekend (in New York, May 18-21), chapter and regional alumni engagement, alumni career services, outreach to students and young alumni, and exceptional alumni communications.
Nearly 3,000 of you participated in our recent alumni survey. The results show a strong loyalty and affection for W&M, however, based on your feedback, the Alumni Association is committed to improving in several areas. We have hired Michael Steelman as director of alumni career management and professional networks. Valerie Brown Wilkins M.Ed. ’08 has joined our team to create an alumni admissions network and provide guidance for legacy admissions. Val Cushman has also been brought on as director of alumnae initiatives. In these important areas, we hope to provide the benefits you’re looking for and improve your opportunities to connect with students, faculty and your fellow alumni.