Fall 2018 Issue

A Welcoming Family

By Marilyn Ward Midyette ’75
, Executive Director, William & Mary Alumni Association

It’s an exciting time at William & Mary! President Katherine A. Rowe was sworn in on July 2 and has been enthusiastically welcomed by the university community. Rowe is making history as the university’s first woman president, beginning her term as William & Mary marks the 100th anniversary of coeducation.

Throughout the 2018-2019 year, we will be commemorating this milestone through a variety of programming and events on campus and beyond, including W&M Women’s Weekend this September. Our alumnae have shaped the university and impacted the entire Tribe community in so many remarkable ways. Visit wm.edu/100yearsofwomen for more information.

This anniversary year is particularly meaningful to me as an alumna and reminds me of my own introduction to the Tribe as a freshman in 1971. Walking across the Wren Yard during my first week, I ran into President Thomas Graves HON ’02, L.H.D. ’15, who was walking his dog. He took the time to ask me about myself and my experience at William & Mary so far. It was then I knew that the Tribe was truly a family and that I belonged.

I especially feel that sense of belonging each Homecoming & Reunion Weekend, when so many who love William & Mary return to campus. We are a beautifully diverse family of sisters and brothers connected by the pride we hold for alma mater. Throughout the weekend, there will be a wide variety of programming for every age and interest, including affinity groups like Olde and Young Guarde, the Hulon Willis Association, the Association of 1775 and more. See highlights on pages 24-25 and a full list at homecoming.wm.edu. I hope to see you on campus Oct. 18-21!

As we enter this new era in William & Mary’s history, we hope you will consider attending an event, taking advantage of our many resources and supporting the Alumni Leadership Fund, which underwrites the Alumni Association’s programs and services. Read more about some of the value-added opportunities we offer on page 60.

Here’s to a great 2018-2019! Go Tribe!