Each October, thousands of alumni, parents and friends make their way back home to campus to reminisce and reconnect. This year, a record 4,350 attendees made the trek for Homecoming & Reunion Weekend. As part of our effort to ensure that the weekend has broad appeal to our entire community, we have introduced several new events. Along with inaugural affinity group gatherings for LatinX and the Association of 1775 (veterans and military alumni), we held our first Handshakes & Pancakes networking event for students and alumni. The weekend, which includes nearly 175 events, has something for everyone, so please plan to join us Oct. 18-21, 2018, for next year’s celebration.
In December, more than 30 Yule Log ceremonies were held worldwide, including the traditional campus celebration in the Wren Courtyard. Many alumni participated virtually to see President Reveley take the stage one last time to read a rousing rendition of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” dressed as Santa Claus.
We continue to look for additional ways to provide world-class engagement opportunities that reflect the wide-ranging needs and interests of our entire W&M family. From the introduction of Switchboard, a new online platform where our community can connect with one another easily and directly, to our new Volunteer Portal (wmalumni.com/volunteer) and our growing W&M Admission Volunteer Network, which helps prospective legacy students and their parents navigate the college admissions process, there are many new offerings designed to better serve all of our constituents.
Our third W&M Weekend will be held in Chicago on June 1-3, 2018! We will bring the best of W&M to connect, celebrate and discover the best of the Windy City. Join us as we showcase our green and gold pride through a full slate of exceptional cultural, professional, intellectual and social engagement events.
In the year ahead, we will continue to expand our programming and enhance the quality of our communications based on your responses to last year’s alumni survey. You can learn more about the alumni engagement team leading that effort on page 60. The Alumni Leadership Fund plays a critical role in our ability to deliver new and innovative initiatives. We appreciate your ongoing partnership and support as we work together to strengthen our lifelong ties with alma mater.