Spring 2024 Issue

Stronger Together

By Matt Brandon '92
CEO, W&M Alumni Association

William & Mary boasts a most outstanding alumni body; one which is successful and good beyond that of many universities nationwide. With such distinction comes a significant responsibility for each of us to do our part in advancing its strengths.

Every graduate of William & Mary has the chance to enhance the university for the next generation of students — those who aspire to meaningful lives, however they define success. You can be a pivotal factor in their journey.

Now, you might ask, how can someone like me, situated miles away, contribute to the growth of a student in Williamsburg or an alumnus across the globe? The answer lies in what I label “Full Engagement.”

Full Engagement is about dedicating yourself to our alma mater in ways that enrich the student experience for years to come. It’s a straightforward measure to gauge the impact of alumni actively participating in initiatives that enhance the student and alumni experiences, consequently elevating the value of a William & Mary degree.

This entails giving of your time and resources, whether that’s by attending events or sharing your insights as a volunteer leader through the Alumni Association; serving as a mentor and leveraging your professional network for the benefit of students and fellow alumni (for example, by joining One Network at onenetwork.wm.edu); sharing your story about William & Mary to inspire others; and providing financial support to propel the university’s crucial endeavors toward a bright future. You can create the conditions for our community to reach its fullest potential. William & Mary will live into its greatness because we are Fully Engaged.

I invite you to join me in Fully Engaging with William & Mary, its students, its alumni and its future. The Alumni Association is committed to ensuring every former student has the opportunity to be Fully Engaged. Rest assured, our Alumni Association team will be by your side every step of the way, making the journey both fulfilling and fun.

Together, let’s embrace our Tribe pride, boldly champion our excellence and revel in the knowledge that our contributions extend far beyond ourselves, shaping a better world. I eagerly anticipate seeing you on the path to Full Engagement.