The Class of 2024 graduates, W&L celebrates an extraordinary year in athletics and more.
 
Family Connection: June 2024
 
Oliver Pink '24 celebrates graduating from Washington and Lee University.
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, they captured the excitement of Commencement.
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Newsworthy
W&L Celebrates 448 Graduates at 237th Commencement
In his remarks, President Will Dudley told the Class of 2024 that their liberal arts education — which develops intellect and character and encourages leadership and service — has prepared them to make significant contributions wherever they go.
Taking Account of Sustainability Efforts
W&L’s Spring Term Sustainability Accounting class takes a deeper look at the practice of corporations factoring in societal and environmental impacts alongside their financial bottom lines.
Getting to the Root of the Issue
The women’s soccer team worked with the greater Lexington community to help eliminate invasive species plaguing the health of Woods Creek.
Making Space
Cole Gershkovich ’24 found his purpose studying spaces that foster belonging and empowerment among individuals with mental health challenges.
‘W&L After Class’ Podcast Releases New Episode Featuring Mark Drumbl
In this month’s episode, Professor Drumbl examines the function and limitations of law through his experiences, research and teachings in mass violence and human rights.
Early Summer Update on Campus Construction Projects
The Lindley Center for Student Wellness has broken ground while the new Williams School and Marketplace expansions remain on schedule.
Washington and Lee University students continue to earn scholarship and fellowship accolades, and recent graduates Pari Ahmadi '24, Michael Ott '24, Kathleen Roberts '24 and Caroline Christianson '24 share their next steps. Be sure to keep up with all our features, news and accolades on the Columns.
 
Spring Term Spotlights
Exchange of Ideas
A Spring Term Abroad course on social entrepreneurship and sustainability took students to Cuba for an eye-opening cultural exchange centered on experiential learning opportunities.
 
Running Up the Hill
Students in Washington and Lee's six-week Washington Term program learn the pace of Washington, D.C., during their Spring Term.
 
The Parents Fund
Many thanks to our generous families who have made a charitable contribution to Washington and Lee this academic year. Your gifts immediately support all W&L students. If you have not yet made a gift, please consider contributing to the Parents Fund by June 30. You can make an online gift here or send a check, payable to Washington and Lee University, to: Washington and Lee University, Office of Development, 204 W. Washington St., Lexington, VA 24450. June 30 is on a Sunday this year, so all checks must be postmarked by June 29. Thank you for your generous support of exceptional student opportunities and the full W&L experience.
 
Get Your Student Ready for Move-In
Though move-in day for your student isn't until the end of August, now is a good time to start thinking about the process. W&L has partnered with several companies to make the whole process smoother and easier, but you need to move quickly before their Aug. 1 deadline. Check out these three services/products, and reserve your spot today.
- This year, W&L has partnered with Dormify, the one-stop shop for college, to help you easily find everything you'll need for your student's room. From bedding and dorm bundles to storage essentials and trending décor, we've curated all the school-approved items you'll need to make the transition to college easy. Start shopping, and get ready for move-in day.
- Move-in day is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that should be memorable and stress-free. Save yourself time and headaches by shipping items to our Storage Scholars partners over the summer. They will receive your packages, notify you and deliver everything to your student's room before they arrive on campus, so you don't have to lift a finger!
- As you and your student prepare for the upcoming move-in process, consider removing one burden from your checklist. Washington and Lee has partnered with The Melvin Corporation to provide MicroFridge rentals for students living in university-owned housing. The MicroFridge unit consists of a two-door refrigerator and zero-degree freezer along with a microwave oven, all in one integrated unit. Learn more about product features and ordering information.
*Note: Microwaves are prohibited in residence hall rooms unless part of a MicroFridge unit. Students may bring their own small refrigerator as long as it follows the same specifications (or smaller) as the MicroFridge rentals.
 
Washington and Lee Athletics
Over the 2023-24 academic year, the Generals achieved a 227-88-10 record, translating to a 71.38% winning percentage. W&L secured ODAC trophies in volleyball, women's basketball, men's and women's swimming, women's golf, women's lacrosse and men's and women's tennis, while 23 Generals won individual championships during postseason meets. Seventy-one Generals received first-team all-ODAC honors, eight were players of the year, five were rookies of the year, and W&L collected four coach of the year awards. In total, the programs combined for 59 team and individual W&L records broken this year.
Washington and Lee University earned all three ODAC Commissioner's Cups, marking their 22nd straight Dan Wooldridge Overall Champions Cup and 21st consecutive ODAC Women's Commissioner's Cup. The Generals have won the overall championship 28 times, the men's cup 23 times and the women's title 24 times.
On the national stage, 24 student-athletes were named All-Americans. First-year Jonathan McEwen was named the national rookie of the year for men's golf, and Mary Schleusner (pictured, left) was voted the regional player of the year for women's basketball. Additionally, 11 teams qualified for the NCAA postseason, and 18 Generals earned national championship invitations individually. The Blue and White made history with four NCAA quarterfinal appearances in the same year, and two teams — men's soccer and men's lacrosse — advanced to the Final Four. Driven by 15 teams competing in the NCAA postseason, the Blue and White finished 16th in the Learfield Directors' Cup standings.
Academically, the Generals earned 13 ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors, and sophomore goalkeeper Will Joseph was named the NCAA Men's Soccer DIII Elite 90 award winner. In the classroom during the Winter Term, 425 Generals were named W&L scholar-athletes, and 87 achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA for the semester.
For more details on the Generals' accomplishments and the 2024-25 schedules, rosters and news, visit Generalssports.com.
 
Lifelong Learning for W&L Parents
Virtual Book Club: 'Prophet Song' by Paul Lynch
The W&L Book Club relaunched in February 2024, and our second book is Paul Lynch’s "Prophet Song," winner of the 2023 Booker Prize. Everyone who loves W&L is invited to join by registering. If you were a member of the previous book club, please reregister so that you will be enrolled in the new platform.
 
Alumni College Ai
The Imitation Game: Artificial Intelligence and the Human Position
Register now for the upcoming Alumni College July 7-12. This year’s Alumni College will explore the current state of artificial intelligence and consider the likely futures for this technology and its possible impact on humanity.
 
Save the Date
07-07
Alumni College: The Imitation Game: Artificial Intelligence and the Human Position
We'll explore the current state of artificial intelligence and consider the likely futures for this technology and its possible impact on humanity.
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08-18
International Orientation
International student orientation will be held Aug. 18-24.
08-24
New Student Move-In Day
New students will be able to move in on Aug. 24. Students will be assigned a 30-minute arrival time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
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08-24
New Student Orientation
New student orientation will begin Aug. 24 and run through Sept. 4. Leading Edge trips will begin Aug. 25.
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08-30
Upper-Division Student Move-In
Housing reopens for all upper-division students on Aug. 30 (beginning as early as midnight). There will be a check-in table at the Office of Public Safety on Aug. 30 and 31. Students will receive an email in August with more information about check-in. All undergraduate students are required to check in and receive a room key. Students arriving after the check-in station is closed or after Aug. 31 must check in with and retrieve their key from Public Safety dispatch.
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09-04
Convocation
The W&L community is invited to the 2024 Convocation on the Front Lawn at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 4.
09-05
Fall Term Begins
Fall term classes begin Sept. 5. Add/drop ends at midnight on Sept. 11.
09-17
Study Abroad Fair
Stop by Cannan Green from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 17 to learn more about studying abroad.
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Follow @wluoutingclub on Instagram
Students are offered a variety of outdoor activities and classes through the club, including backpacking, back-campus trail exploring, fly fishing, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, caving, skiing and outdoor cooking.
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