Commencement details, students prepare for Mock Convention, housing selection deadlines and other news from W&L.
Family Connection: January 2024
Mark Holden ’25 and Danae Manta ’24 catch up on the first day of class for Winter Term.
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: the first snow of the year, W&L men's and women's basketball teams won, W&L celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day and much more!
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Undergraduate Commencement – May 30, 2024
Graduation is on the horizon for the Class of 2024! The university's 237th undergraduate Commencement is scheduled for Thursday, May 30, 2024, at 10 a.m. on the Front Lawn of the main campus. The Baccalaureate Service is scheduled for Wednesday, May 29, 2024, at 10 a.m., also on the Front Lawn. Commencement ceremonies will be broadcast live on the web for those unable to attend.
Learn more about Commencement here.
Washington and Lee University Receives National Designation for Commitment to Community Engagement
W&L is one of 15 private colleges and universities to receive the 2024 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.
Student Organization Spotlight: Remote Area Medical
W&L’s chapter of Remote Area Medical takes students to remote rural areas to provide medical services and gain valuable practical experience along the way.
Special Collections Exhibit Showcases Mock Convention Memories
Washington and Lee University’s Special Collections and Archives has been working with the 2024 Mock Convention to debut an exhibit showcasing extraordinary items from past conventions.
MLK’s teachings are incorporated into the W&L classroom and community
In conjunction with a weeklong series of events, students at Washington and Lee are diving deeper into Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s commitment to social justice and equality through coursework and service opportunities.
Jaden Keuhner
Jaden Keuhner ’24 leaves a legacy honoring Gold Star families
Keuhner helped establish a memorial at Jordan’s Point dedicated to veterans killed in the line of duty and their families.
Campus Events
Museums at W&L: Winter 2024 Programs and Exhibitions
The Museums at W&L invite the public to explore its exhibitions and collections with select programming through May.
Campus Kitchen at W&L Hosts 12th Annual Souper Bowl
All proceeds from the Feb. 4 event will support the CKWL Backpack Program.
Staniar Gallery Presents Rare Salvador Dalí Collection
‘Salvador Dalí: Les Chants de Maldoror’ features original etchings from the surrealist and will run through Feb. 8.
Former Washington Post Editor to Deliver Lecture on Politics and Journalism
Martin Baron’s talk will be held on Feb. 13 and is open to the public. The event will also be streamed online at
Housing Selection Applications Open Feb. 1
Fall 2024 housing applications open for upper-division students Feb. 1 and are available online in eRezLife. All students planning to live in on-campus housing (including Greek and Theme Housing) must complete the application by April 8 to participate in the housing lottery and selection process. A reminder that all students in the class of 2026 and 2027 must select housing for the 2024-25 academic year through the housing lottery and selection process. Students in the Class of 2025 have the option to participate, with priority given to the classes of 2026 and 2027.
More information about the selection processes can be found here, and other important housing dates and deadlines can be found on the Office of Residence Life website.
Washington and Lee Athletics
The university's winter sports are back in full swing after the holiday break, with the men's basketball team winning the annual W&L Holiday Tournament and the 16th-ranked women's basketball team's 11-game winning streak spanning from November-January. Men's and women's swimming returned from their Florida training trip and upset Gettysburg in the first meet of 2024. Women's and men's indoor track and field restarted on Jan. 14 and 20, respectively. The wrestling team has headlined the month of January with a program-best third-place finish at the Budd Whitehill Duals and upset three nationally ranked opponents along the way.
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
Slovenia and Croatia
Wonders of Slovenia and Croatia
Coveted by the ancient Greeks and Roman emperors, the Adriatic coastline of Croatia and Slovenia continues to entice modern explorers with its many riches — stunning natural beauty, significant history and cultural jewels. This seven-night cruise with stops along the coastline promises magical moments with ample time in port to sample regional cuisine and mingle with the locals.
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
Registration for Spring Term 2024 (tentative)
Registration for Spring Term 2024 is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 5-13.
Mock Convention
The 28th Mock Convention is only weeks away! The Mock Con delegate parade and two sessions take place Friday, Feb. 9, followed by two more sessions Saturday, Feb. 10, culminating in the political nomination. For ticket information, speaker announcements, livestream details and other convention content, visit
Washington Break (no classes)
Washington Break is Feb. 26 through March 1. Classes will resume Monday, March 4.
Fall 2024 Study Abroad Applications Due
Applications to study abroad during Fall Term 2024 or for the full 2024-25 academic year are due March 1.
Learn more.
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.
Follow @mockconvention on Instagram
Follow the Mock Convention team as they get ready for convention weekend!
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