October news and events for W&L alumni: Meet the Class of 2025, the Class of 2020's in-person Commencement and more
Fall leaves frame Old George on Washington Hall.
October 2021
W&L is in full swing: The leaves are turning, and fine weather finds the Colonnade buzzing with students as reading days and midterms approach.
In this issue:
  • Meet the Class of 2025
  • Trustee nominations due Oct. 15
  • Class of 2020 in-person Commencement
and other stories of note from W&L.
Meet the Class of 2025!
President Dudley introduces Executive Committee President James Torbert '23 during Honor System Orientation in the University Chapel, fall 2021. President Dudley introduces Executive Committee President James Torbert '23 to the Class of 2025 during Honor System Orientation.
This year Washington and Lee welcomed 485 students from 37 states as well as Puerto Rico and 19 foreign countries, including 50 first-generation students, 47 children of alumni, 30 QuestBridge finalists, 41 Johnson Scholars and 158 recruited athletes. They came for the Speaking Tradition, the Honor System, the top-notch academics and because, they said over and over, "it just felt like home."
Click through to meet them and hear what impressed them about W&L, in their own words.
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Participate in W&L’s Trustee Election Process
Reminder – Submit a Board of Trustees Nomination by Oct. 15
The Alumni Association, acting through the Alumni Board of Directors and the Alumni Engagement Office, is soliciting nominees from all alumni for consideration to be one of three candidates on an alumni ballot for election to the Washington and Lee University Board of Trustees. The nomination period ends Oct. 15, 2021.
Colonnade Connections
To submit a Trustee nomination this month and cast your vote on the final candidates in early 2022, you must log in through Colonnade Connections, W&L’s online alumni community. You can create or update your Colonnade Connections profile here.
Support W&L
The Class of 2026 poses for its official photo.
The Annual Fund
Fall Term: when everything feels possible. The season of giving is upon us, and a gift to the Annual Fund brings the W&L experience to life. Direct your gift to an area that is meaningful to you today!
Give here
Old George atop Washington Hall in the fall.
Donor Impact
More than 9,000 undergraduate alumni, law alumni, parents and friends supported the university last year. View our multimedia donor impact report to see just how far your donations went.

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Alumni in Action
Mai Spurlock Sykes '94 and sister Kim Spurlock.
Behind the Lens
Mai Spurlock Sykes ’94 and sister Kim Spurlock make a fierce team when it comes to independent filmmaking.
Exploring Appalachia through Data Science
A year after graduating, Tim Pierce ’20 uses data science to map job skills in Appalachian labor markets.
Oren Griffin '96L
Oren Griffin ’96L Named Dean of Tulsa College of Law
Griffin currently serves as the Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and a professor of law at Mercer University, where he has taught since 2006.
Paul Fletcher '87L
Paul Fletcher ’85L Named Executive Director of Virginia Bar Association
Fletcher, who was publisher and editor-in-chief of Virginia Lawyers Weekly for more than 30 years, will lead a volunteer professional association with over 4,000 members.
Alumni Events
Russell Banks's novel
Lifelong Learning
Join us Nov. 5-6 for Law & Literature Weekend as we explore the legal, ethical and literary implications of a tragic accident and its aftermath in Russell Banks's gripping 1991 novel "The Sweet Hereafter."

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W&L Traveller
Morocco: Medinas and Minarets: March 14-24, 2022

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People gather in front of Huntley Hall during the W&L ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11
W&L Gathers to Honor Fallen in 9/11 Attacks
The Washington and Lee University community remembered the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, with a memorial ceremony and placing of 2,977 American flags on Stemmons Plaza.
A grid of photos taken at the in-person Commencement for the Class of 2020
Washington and Lee Honors Class of 2020 at Belated 233rd Commencement
The undergraduate and law classes of 2020 got a chance to return to campus, experience a traditional in-person ceremony, and celebrate their graduation with friends and family at an event that had been postponed for more than a year amid a pandemic.
The Class of 2024 Begins a More Typical Year
The Class of 2024 enjoyed a class photo, class picture and other events they missed last year due to COVID-19 restrictions, as campus life returned to a more normal rhythm.
Annual Report Cover
Shepherd Consortium Returns to W&L
Timothy M. Diette, professor of economics and senior advisor to the president for strategic analysis at W&L, will become the consortium's new executive director.
Members of the Native American and Indigenous Cohort in 2021.
W&L’s Native American and Indigenous Cohort Focuses on Sustainability
This year’s series revolves around revitalization of Indigenous lifeways and is titled "Indigenous in Rockbridge and the Interior: First Peoples, Land and Sustainability."
W&L men's soccer goalkeeper Rye McMillen '23 holding a soccer ball.
Men's Soccer Ranks #1 for First Time in Program History
The United Soccer Coaches and D3soccer.com ranked W&L's undefeated men's soccer team #1 for the first time in program history midway through a thrilling season, capping a seven-game winning streak.
Save the Date
W&L Book Club
The W&L Book Club's October – December selection is "Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland" by Patrick Radden Keefe.
Join here
Young Alumni Weekend
Graduates of 2010-2021, rejoin your classmates, meet new friends and enjoy the fall splendor of our beautiful campus during a special weekend planned just for you.
Register here
Law & Literature Weekend
Join W&L Law professors Brian Murchison and Dave Eggert, author Kerry Egan '95 and W&L history professor Mikki Brock as we explore the legal, ethical and literary implications of a tragic accident and its aftermath in Russell Banks's gripping 1991 novel "The Sweet Hereafter."
Read more
Entrepreneurship Summit
The two-day event brings together students and alumni interested in launching their own business ventures.
More info
W&L on Social Media
A puppy licking an ice cream cone in front of Lee House, 2021
W&L's official, student-run Instagram feed lets you into campus life: students studying and enjoying the campus and community, with lots and lots of beautiful photos.
Goalkeeper Sara Amil ’22 in W&L’s 4-2 win over Catholic University in 2021.
W&L Athletics
The @WLUGenerals Twitter account feeds you highlights, interviews and student-athlete accolades from W&L's 24 thriving varsity sports teams.
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