Scene on Campus, Commencement, Fall Term vaccination information, student fellowships and other news from W&L.
Family Connection: June 2021
This publication is designed to communicate the latest news for Washington and Lee University parents and families. The W&L Family Connection is distributed each month and complements other university channels to help keep parents and families informed about life on campus. Please send your suggestions for future issues to
Scene on Campus: 05.27.21
Every week during the academic year, university photographers Kevin Remington and Shelby Mack capture the scene on campus through their lenses. In this recent edition: All things graduation!
View Photo Slideshow
W&L To Continue Under Current Name, Expand DEI Initiatives, Change Buildings and Symbols
On June 4, the Board of Trustees announced that W&L will continue under its current name, expand diversity and inclusion initiatives and make changes to campus buildings, practices and governance. Shortly thereafter, President Dudley shared his thoughts on the board's decisions and W&L's path forward. W&L also created a frequently asked questions webpage with more detailed information on how the board made its decisions, as well as an online form through which community members can provide them with direct feedback. Families can find all this information at the following links:
Reminder: Fall Term COVID-19 Vaccination Guidance
To help protect the health of the campus community and provide a robust experience on campus this fall, the university will require all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated by Aug. 8, 2021. The expectation is that requiring vaccinations will allow everyone to return to campus without distancing and masking, with all in-person instruction in classrooms at normal occupancy, and with other activities such as dining, performing arts, clubs and organizations returning to more normal in-person operations.
Returning students have been asked to email a photo or scan of their completed vaccination card to by July 31. To be fully vaccinated by Aug. 8, individuals need to receive the first dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) around June 27 and the second dose by July 25, or receive a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen) by July 25. Additional vaccination information is available on the university's COVID-19 Resources website.
Feature Stories
Washington and Lee Graduates 444 Students at 234th Commencement
The ceremony celebrated the conclusion of an unusual academic year.
Class of 2021: A Look Back
As we bid farewell (for now) to the Class of 2021, we look back at their very first days on the W&L campus.
On the Job with W&L’s Compost Crew
The dedicated students on the crew are making W&L a more sustainable place.
Juneteenth Celebration Springs from Community-wide Collaboration
Organizations across the Lexington and Rockbridge County areas planned a Juneteenth event that included an art show, live music, a free raffle and more.
Erin Hughes ’21 Named ODK National Leader of the Year in Athletics
Hughes’ award is part of ODK’s 2021 General Russell E. Dougherty National Leader of the Year competition.
W&L’s Christopher Watt ’21 Awarded Fulbright Grant
Watt has received a Fulbright grant to support his research on the importance of small-scale fishing for livelihoods, culture and well-being in Vanuatu, an island nation in the South Pacific.
W&L’s Gavron Campbell ’22 Awarded Gilman Scholarship
Campbell has won a Gilman Scholarship to do an internship in Barcelona, Spain.
W&L’s Julia Foxen ’21 Awarded U.S. Teaching Assistantship in Austria
Foxen’s USTA position with Fulbright Austria starts in October 2021.
W&L’s Alexxis Hatfield ’22 Awarded a Gilman Scholarship
Hatfield will travel to Denmark for the fall semester and take multiple psychology classes.
W&L’s DJ Johnston ’22 Awarded Gilman Scholarship
Johnston has won a Gilman Scholarship to study abroad with Middlebury Abroad at Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco.
W&L’s Cecily Stern ’23 Receives Gilman Scholarship
Stern will travel to South Korea this summer to study in Seoul, South Korea.
‘A Serendipitous Experience’
Everything has fallen into place at W&L for Alankrit Shatadal '21, who complemented her academic experience with research, peer counseling and membership in University Singers.
Alumni Engagement
Thank you to everyone who attended one or many of Alumni Engagement's virtual events this past school year. Although we missed seeing you in person, gathering via Zoom was a pretty great substitute. We will take a hiatus this summer, but can't wait to see you all in-person or virtually soon.
Alumni Engagement Virtual Events Archive
Featured W&L Social Media Platform
Follow @wlustore on Instagram
The Official Store of Washington and Lee University
Additional Social Media Accounts to Follow
Follow along with all of campus' social media channels with the W&L social media directory! Click here for a full list.
Be sure to add to your address book or safe senders list so our emails get to your inbox. 
News & EventsFamilies DashboardCOVID Resources
Washington and Lee University
204 W. Washington St.
Lexington, Virginia 24450
Email Preferences   |   Privacy Policy
Open in Browser