The university’s first Marshall Scholar, holiday spirit on campus, the year in review and other news from W&L.
Family Connection: December 2023
Emma Poole ’24 and Syd Peppe ’25 grab a treat at Winter Wonderland in Evans Dining Hall.
Scene on Campus
Every week during the academic year, university photographers Kevin Remington and Shelby Hamelman capture the scene on campus through their lenses. In this recent edition: Students get into the holiday spirit while preparing for exams, and much more!
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2023: A Year In Review
An update from President Dudley
Washington and Lee is a remarkable place, and 2023 gave us many reasons to celebrate. We continue to attract exceptionally talented students, our faculty provide them with an outstanding education, and they enjoy excellent post-graduate opportunities. Here are just a few highlights.
W&L’s Katie Yurechko Among 2024 Class of Marshall Scholars
Yurechko ’24 is the university’s first Marshall Scholar.
Greek Councils Connect Campus Through Fun and Philanthropy
Washington and Lee’s Interfraternity Council, National Panhellenic Conference and National Pan-Hellenic Council focus on community-building, education and fundraising throughout the year.
Six W&L Students Awarded Gilman Scholarships to Study Abroad
The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards of up to $5,000 to U.S. undergraduate students who are Pell Grant recipients.
Student Consulting Group Makes Connections on Campus and in the Community
Students in the Williams School consulted on a number of projects including marketing, research and social media strategy for businesses and organizations.
Will Joseph '26 Wins Elite 90™ Award for NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship
The sophomore goalkeeper boasts highest GPA of Final Four teams.
Growth Opportunities
The Department of Earth and Environmental Geoscience provides students with the chance to expand their learning beyond the classroom by attending top national conferences.
Campus Events
W&L Celebrates the 2023 Holiday Season
’Tis the season for holiday events on campus and in the local community! Check out what’s happening and make your plans to ring in the holiday season.
Keisha Lance Bottoms to Keynote W&L’s 2024 MLK Celebration
Bottoms, the former mayor of Atlanta, will headline the weeklong programming on campus.
Reminder - Greek Life Recruitment Begins Jan. 8
The Panhellenic Formal Recruitment process will occur Jan. 8-10 and Jan. 13-14, and the Interfraternity Council (IFC) Formal Recruitment Process will take place Jan. 8-11. All students may move back to campus beginning Jan. 6. More details can be found on W&L's Greek Life page.
The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) organizations hold Member Intake Processes at different times depending on interest and approval from their national headquarters. Students interested in joining an NPHC organization can contact Heidi Bustos, assistant director of inclusion and engagement, at
Washington and Lee Athletics
Washington and Lee University is a proud member of NCAA Division III and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. With more than 500 student-athletes in 24 varsity sports, the Generals have celebrated over 265 conference championships in school history. The fall season concluded Dec. 1 and was punctuated with a national semifinalist appearance by the men's soccer team. Across all sports this fall, the Generals finished with a 69-29-10 overall record and won 36 conference contests. The women's basketball team is off to the best start in program history at 8-1 and is nationally ranked. The winter sports have paused for finals and the holidays, and will return to Lexington on Dec. 29. Stay connected with the Blue and White by visiting, signing up for Generals Sports emails, and following social media channels at @WLUGenerals.
Lifelong Learning for W&L Parents
Western Europe’s Historic Coastal Cities and Art Centers
Join Elliott King, associate professor of art history, on a 12-day trip to explore western Europe’s historic coastal cities and art centers. This summer voyage from Amsterdam to Lisbon will follow the route of explorers, conquerors, merchants, pilgrims and artists.
2024 Institute for Honor Symposium
The 2024 IFH symposium will explore a range of ethical considerations, from pharmaceutical company culpability to physician prescribing practices. The symposium will feature expert panel discussions and a keynote address from journalist Beth Macy.
Save the Date
First Day of Winter Term
Winter Term classes begin Jan. 11. Add/drop ends at midnight on Jan. 17.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no classes)
Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be observed Monday, Jan. 15. Monday classes will meet on Friday, Jan. 19.
Washington Break (no classes)
Washington Break is Feb. 26 through March 1. Classes will resume Monday, March 4.
Final Examinations
Final examinations begin April 13 and end April 19. The last day of Winter Term classes is April 12.
First Day of Spring Term
Spring Term classes begin April 29. Add/drop ends at midnight on April 30.
The 237th undergraduate commencement is scheduled for May 30 on the Front Lawn of the main campus. The Baccalaureate Service is scheduled for May 29.
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