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Join your classmates May 1-3, 2015

Please click on each photo to learn more information about your reunion.

Directions

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Driving Directions to Campus

From the Richmond Airport and points west:

  • Interstate 64 East
  • Exit 234 to the right (199 East)
  • Travel 8 miles, then turn left down Jamestown Road

From the Norfolk Airport and points east:

  • Interstate 64 West
  • Exit 242-A (199 West)
  • Travel 5.2 miles, then turn right down Jamestown Road

For more information and additional maps, visit the Directions to Campus page at the William & Mary website.

 

Re-Echo

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As part of your 50th Reunion celebration, the William & Mary Alumni Association will publish an online edition of the Colonial Re-Echo, a yearbook that answers the age-old question, “Where are they now?”

Your classmates will want to know what you’ve been up to, so please take a few minutes to submit your re-echo form online and upload a current photograph if you have one.

If you would like a printed version of the Re-Echo, it may be ordered using the registration form on the 50th Reunion invitation, which will be sent to you in February 2015.

 

Accommodations

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Hotel accommodations are available at the Williamsburg Lodge. Special rates are available at this location as well as other Colonial Williamsburg properties.

To make reservations please call 800.261.9530 and use booking code 32128

 

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Class of ’65 working to super-size our reunion gift!

The extraordinary Class of ’65 is stepping up to set a new 50th-reunion record gift for our Alma Mater. Our overall goal of $13.5 million and our project goal of $1 million for the Alumni House Expansion will establish an all-time reunion record when attained. The previous record of $13.05 million was set by the Class of 1962. The median total gift for the 50th reunion over the past 10 years is $6.2 million. We need your help.

LET’S DO THIS!


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Class of 1965 Project: Alumni House Expansion

Artist rendering of the Alumni House expansion

As the sixth oldest alumni association in the nation, the William & Mary Alumni Association is focused on fostering the lifelong relationships and culture of engagement alumni have with their alma mater. By expanding the Alumni House, the Alumni Association will gain the much needed capacity to ensure that members of the class of 1965 and all alumni will have a warm and welcoming environment in which to renew friendships and forge new bonds when they return to their lifelong campus home.

In 1995 there were 53,000 alumni and that number has grown to over 92,500 today. It is estimated that by 2020 there will be 108,500 W&M alumni. Plans call for the addition of new meeting spaces, the largest with a capacity for up to 300 people; a business center; gathering spaces for visiting alumni; a catering area; and a new entrance with an expanded reception area to better accommodate our growing alumni body. A dedicated room will feature William & Mary’s history and a display of memorabilia. The Alumni House also will support expanded programing for alumni, students and the William & Mary community. With new and larger spaces, the Alumni House will be a key location for starting the lifelong engagement with students while they are still on campus. The Alumni House will serve as the western gateway to campus and as a visible statement of the importance of alumni to the College.

Current plans estimate the cost of the project to be $8 million. In addition, the Alumni Association is seeking to establish a $2 million building maintenance endowment that will ensure the new facility stands in excellent condition to serve the William & Mary’s growing alumni community for the long term.

The Class of 1965 is taking a leadership role in helping to raise funds for the expansion of the Alumni House by designating it as the class’s 50th reunion project. In recognition of our class gift project, a prominent space in the expanded facility will carry the Class of 1965’s name. Please show your support for the expansion of the Alumni House in ways that others will hear the thunder of our chorus – alma mater hail!

 

Giving Honor Roll

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50th Reunion Gifts & Pledges

  • FCS - Fourth Century Society (annual $2k+)
  • PS - President's Society (annual $5K+)
  • GG - Green & Gold Society (annual $10K+)
  • CS - Chancellor's Society (annual $25K+)
  • WRN - Wren Society (annual $100K+)
  • RBS - Honorable Robert Boyle Legacy Society (estate plan)
  • 30+ More than 30 years of giving to College


Donor Giving Society Giving 30+ Years
Mrs. Paulette Odom Blankinship GG
Mr. Scott F. Blankinship GG
Mrs. Barbara D. Bowers WRN
Ms. Patricia Canady Buchanan 30+
Mrs. Lyons Hardy Burke FCS 30+
Mr. Howard J. Busbee CS 30+
Mrs. Elizabeth G. Cottingham 30+
Mr. Thomas L. Demakes CS 30+
Mr. Thomas A. Ewig FCS 30+
Mrs. Virginia Blount Fluet 30+
The Honorable Robert Michael Gates CS,RBS
Mr. Henry H. George CS 30+
Ms. Sharon S. Gray GG, RBS 30+
Mrs. Frances Drewry Green 30+
Ms. Bridget Sullivan Hampson FCS,RBS 30+
Mrs. Glenmore Hines Harding CS,RBS 30+
Ms. Susan B. Hardy FCS,RBS
Mr. Thomas P. Hollowell CS,RBS 30+
Mr. J. Clifford Johnson, Jr. WRN 30+
Mr. Richard C. Kraemer WRN 30+
Mr. H. Raymond Lankford, Jr. 30+
Mrs. Diane Owens Lehner FCS
Mrs. Mary Frances LeMat FCS
Mrs. Dabney D. Leonard 30+
Ms. Kathleen Wiese Little-Astor 30+
Ms. Elise Medinger
Ms. Lynn Meushaw Parent 30+
Mrs. Pam Brown Michael FCS, RBS
Mrs. Janet N. Morrison FCS 30+
Mr. Joseph H. Nash 30+
Mr. Peter G. Olson 30+
Donald Gary Owens, Esq. FCS 30+
Ms. Anne K. Robichaux 30+
Leslie P. Smith, Esq. 30+
Mrs. Jean E. Steele
Ms. Martha Leef Stout FCS, RBS 30+
Mr. John L. Trevey, Jr. PS 30+
Mrs. Joan Solinger Walker
Mr. William E. Wehner, Jr. CS
Dr. Jay-Louise Weldon 30+

Note: Gift Society memberships will be effective for the 2015-2016 fiscal year and based on cash gifts or pledge payments given this fiscal year.

 

About the Olde Guarde

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The Olde Guarde of Their Majesties' Royal Colledge in Virginia is compromised of all alumni whose identified class has celebrated its fiftieth reunion and is part of the Alumni Association of the College of William & Mary. They are dedicated to preserving the heritage of the College of advocating its advancement and reputation among the nation's institutions of higher learning.

Through social, service and educational programs they endeavor to promote among our membership the welfare and support of the W&M Alumni Association. They plan activities, events and projects as opportunities for members to assist in enhancing the life of our alma mater.

Each year the Olde Guarde hosts a variety of activities from the Olde Guarde Celebration (celebrating 55th, 60th, 65th, 70th and 75th reunions), Olde Guarde Day (an annual gathering for all members) as well as an Olde Guarde Luncheon during Homecoming and a float in the homecoming parade. If you have any questions or want to learn more, please visit the Olde Guarde facebook page here or email the Office of Alumni Events at alumni.events@wm.edu

 

Honorary Reunion Committee Chair

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  • Chancellor Robert M. Gates

Reunion Committee Chair

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Reunion Committee Co-Chairs

Reunion Committee Members

Registration

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[LINK TO REGISTRATION]

 

Reunion of a Lifetime Events

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Friday, May 1

alumni house

Reconnect with classmates

1 - 3 p.m.
Barbecue picnic
Alumni House Lawn
3 - 5:30 p.m.
Academic Symposium
Location TBA
6 - 8 p.m.
Welcome Reception
Wren Building

On Friday from 1-3 p.m. you will enjoy a barbecue picnic luncheon on the front lawn of the Alumni House. Following lunch, the afternoon gives way to Academic Symposiums which will allow attendees the opportunity to learn about new and innovative teaching at William & Mary. Friday evening we will gather for a Welcome Reception outside our beloved Wren Building to rekindle old friendships. We will move into the Great Hall and enjoy the grandeur of this historical building that holds a special place in the hearts of all of those that have walked through this door.

Saturday, May 2

alumni house

Enjoy an event filled day

8 - 10:30 a.m.
Saturday Breakfast and Student Panel
Sadler Center
10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
Guided Bus Tour of the Campus
leaves from Sadler Center
12 - 2 p.m.
Gift Presentation Luncheon with President Reveley
Trinkle Hall
2 - 5 p.m.
Free Time
5 p.m.
50th Reunion Cocktail Reception
Mason School of Business
6:30 p.m.
50th Reunion Dinner and Dancing
Mason School of Business

Saturday will begin at 8 a.m. with a full breakfast in Sadler Center, followed by a student panel. The students will talk about life on campus today. After the student panel, buses will wind through the old and new campus giving participants a view of the transformation of the College while still feeling at home. The tour will end at Trinkle Hall where lunch will be served at noon. During lunch the class will unveil its gift to the College and present the check to President W. Taylor Reveley III.

Saturday evening will be filled with dinner, drinks and dancing. We will gather in the grand foyer of the spectacular Mason School of Business. Enjoy the beauty of the one of the newer buildings on campus while sipping on one of your favorite drinks and mingling with friends. After the reception we will dine in the lovely Brinkley Commons Room before celebrating the night while dancing to the sounds of the Mystic Soul Bubba's.

Sunday, May 3

alumni house

Caps and Gowns - Inductions and Remembrance

8 - 9 a.m.
Sunday Continental Breakfast
Alumni House
9:30 - 11 a.m.
Olde Guarde Induction and Service of Remembrance
Wren Yard
Noon
Luncheon
Babs Dunaway Bowers
5 p.m.
Closing Cocktail Party
Howard Busbee

As they say, you save the best for last and our last day will begin in the morning collecting caps and gowns at the Alumni House before boarding buses to the Wren Yard. There, you will process into the Yard as a class while remembering your graduation day. On the occasion of your 50th Reunion you will be inducted into The Olde Guarde of Their Majesties' Royall Colledge in Virginia and honor classmates in a service of remembrance. Beneath the trees and surrounded by the beauty of the Wren Building you will be transported back to the days you walked this campus every day. This special experience is sure to be the highlight of this weekend.

After a class photo in the courtyard, you are invited to travel to the home of Babs Dunaway Bowers for an afternoon luncheon. Sunday evening we will gather once again to raise a toast to one another and our beloved college at the home of Howard Busbee. This cocktail hour will be the end of our 50th Reunion and the beginning of the journey into The Olde Guarde.

Members of the Class of 1965 and guests are encouraged to join those who graduated 55, 60, 65 and 70 years ago at the Olde Guarde Celebration Dinner at the School of Education.

Monday, May 4

Olde Guarde Day

Monday will begin with a guest speaker from the College's administration. Learn more about the campus and the topics that are alive and innovative. From 11 – noon enjoy a Bloody Mary Reception and catch up with fellow alumni who graduated before you. Over lunch you will gather with more than 200 members of the Olde Guarde as President Reveley gives a state of the College to the audience.

Plan to come back home to spend time with old friends and rekindle your love for your alma mater. Do not miss this special opportunityu, one that is impossible to describe - a reunion of a lifetime!


All events, times and locations are subject to change

 

Who's Coming

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[LIST OF WHO'S COMING]

 

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Directions

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Hotel accommodations are available at the Williamsburg Lodge. Special rates are available at this location as well as other Colonial Williamsburg properties.

To make reservations please call 800.261.9530 and use booking code 32128