First-year arrival, Student Affairs resources, Convocation and other news from W&L.
Family Connection: August 2023
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
We’re counting down the days until the sidewalks are busy with students again!
Reminders for Parents and Students
You bought the twin XL sheets, your student and their roommate(s) have decided whether they want to bunk their beds, the dorm wall-friendly décor has been packed and it's time to head to Lexington! Is your student ready for another (or their first!) year at W&L?
First-year students will move in on Saturday, Aug. 26. You will receive your specific move-in timeslot via WLU email, and it is imperative that you arrive during your scheduled time. First-year students live in two residence halls with co-ed floors and on-site laundry, and the First-Year Orientation Committee, Residential Life staff and student volunteers all come out to help with first-year move-in.
Feel like you're forgetting something? Check out W&L's "What to Bring" page to help you pack! You can find answers to more frequently asked questions here, and learn more about supporting your student's transition to college on the First-Year Experience website. Additional resources for parents and families can be found on the W&L Families Dashboard.
All upper-division students, including transfer students, will move in on Sunday, Sept. 3. We look forward to welcoming you back to campus for another exciting year at W&L! Our Student Life webpage is a great resource for parents of new and returning students, with information on campus organizations and activities, student services, career and professional development opportunities, university policies and much more.
Across the Pond
This summer, Washington and Lee students experienced life in London as part of an immersive program offered through the Williams School.
Mudd Center
W&L’s Mudd Center Announces 2023-24 Lecture Series
“Ethics of Design” kicks off Sept. 21 with a keynote address by MIT Professor Danielle Wood.
W&L Outcomes
Washington and Lee graduates are prepared for lifelong learning, personal achievement, responsible leadership, service to others and engaged citizenship in a diverse global society. Read more about what our most recent graduates are doing next.
Lenfest Center for the Arts Presents Live the Arts!
Tickets for the entire 2023-24 season will be available to purchase beginning Sept. 11.
Campus Events
Convocation to Kick Off New Academic Year
The W&L community is invited to the 2023 Convocation on the Front Lawn on Sept. 7 at 5:30 p.m. The event will be streamed online at
Staniar Gallery Presents ‘Mary Mattingly: Proposals’
The solo exhibition will run from Sept. 4 through Oct. 25 and kicks off the gallery’s fall season.
W&L’s Contact Committee Presents Award-Winning Star of Stage and Screen Brendan Hunt for Parents and Family Weekend
The Oct. 5 event is free and open to the W&L community.
Washington and Lee Athletics
W&L offers 24 varsity sports, 12 for men and 12 for women. All sports compete at the NCAA Division III level, and most participate in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). Earlier this month, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced the Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for the 2022-23 season, and Washington and Lee placed 13th in Division III. Plus, the W&L men's golf squad was honored as a Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Outstanding Academic Team after finishing the 2022-23 academic year with a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
Opening games for several fall sports teams take place Sept. 1. View the 2023-24 composite sports schedule.
Check out these stories about our student-athletes, coaches and team performances.
Lifelong Learning for W&L Parents
In every episode of Washington and Lee's Office of Lifelong Learning podcast, "W&L After Class," we invite parents and families to join conversations with our expert faculty about their teaching, research and passion projects. Recent episodes feature Rob Fure, recently retired director of Lifelong Learning, and Tom Camden '76, recently retired head of Special Collections and Archives. Fure discusses his work in bringing the W&L community together in the spirit of lifelong learning and reflects on his 46 years of service to the university. Camden details how W&L ignited his career as a historian and takes the audience on a tour of "the vault" to showcase some of the university's extensive archival collections.
Save the Date
W&L Entrepreneurship Summit 2023
The 2023 Entrepreneurship Summit, which will be hosted on campus Sept. 29-30, is designed to equip participants with invaluable insights from W&L alumni across diverse industries. Don’t miss this chance to inspire your entrepreneurial mindset and build your professional network.
More information
Parents and Family Weekend
The university will host the 69th annual celebration of Parents and Family Weekend Oct. 6-8, 2023, honoring the families of W&L students. The weekend will combine informational and recreational activities, giving parents the opportunity to meet faculty members, review campus life and participate in social events.
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W&L Real Estate Forum 2023
The 2023 Real Estate Forum will be held Oct. 12-13 in the heart of Washington, D.C. Don’t miss this unique chance to network with W&L alumni, expand your professional connections and explore the latest trends in commercial real estate.
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