Campus holiday events, an innovative theater performance, Mock Convention buzz and other news from W&L.
Family Connection: November 2023
Thomas Pangburn ’25 and Thomas Kallen ’25 head to class on a warm fall afternoon. Thomas Pangburn ’25 and Thomas Kallen ’25 head to class on a warm fall afternoon.
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 on the stage, Generals compete in postseason play, fall colors on display around campus, Young Alumni Weekend festivities and much more!
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Mock Con’s Presidential Gala Creates Convention Buzz
The 28th Mock Convention’s Presidential Gala on Nov. 12 offered the campus a glimpse of the upcoming excitement for the 2024 mock presidential convention.
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.
Stella Adamopoulis ’27 performs in Speech & Debate in the Johnson Theater
The Space to Be Brave
W&L’s recent staging of ‘Speech & Debate’ brought its cast, crew and audience an opportunity to engage with an innovative, collaborative approach to theater.
Cole Gershkovich ’24 Earns David G. Elmes Pathfinder Prize in Psychology
The Elmes Pathfinder Prize recognizes a student who has shown extraordinary promise in psychological science through outstanding scholarship in basic or applied psychology.
W&L’s Brindle and Pfaff Receive Harris Family Awards from the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges
Ryan Brindle was presented the Rising Star Award, and Dave Pfaff received the Excellence in Instructional Technology Award.
Campus Events
Washington and Lee Presents ‘W&L Dancers Create…’
The W&L Repertory Dance Company’s performances will run Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.
W&L Presents Holiday Pops Concert 2023
Tickets to the Dec. 4-5 performances can be obtained with a non-perishable food donation to benefit Campus Kitchen at W&L. The event will also be available to watch online at
W&L Hosts Annual Holiday Candlelight Service
The Dec. 7 lessons and carols program in the University Chapel is free and open to the public. The event will also be available to watch online at
Campus Extended Stay Requests Due Dec. 4
Winter break extended stays may be approved case-by-case for extenuating circumstances. Students must complete an extended stay request via eRezLife. The extended stay request is due by Dec. 4, and submissions received after the deadline will not be considered. Approved requests will have their student accounts charged a $50/night fee.
Please note that university services are extremely limited during winter break. Contact departments/offices directly for hours and services offered during the winter break period. Please visit the Office of Residence Life webpage for more details.
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. This fall, W&L earned its 19th ODAC volleyball championship title, and five programs competed in NCAA postseason events: men's cross country, women's cross country, men's soccer, women's soccer and volleyball. The football team hosts Lycoming College in the inaugural Cape Charles Bowl on Saturday, Nov. 18, and the winter sports are off to a strong start. 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
New Zealand’s Great Outdoors
New Zealand’s Great Outdoors
Join Athletic Director Jan Hathorn on a 15-day trip in February 2024 to enjoy New Zealand’s stunning beauty while sampling its very best trails, including the world-renowned Milford, Routeburn, Kepler and Hooker Valley tracks. If there was ever a heart-healthy adventure, this is it!
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
Thanksgiving Holiday (no classes)
The Thanksgiving Holiday will be observed Nov. 20-24. Classes will resume Monday, Nov. 27.
Final Examinations
Final examinations begin Dec. 9 and end Dec. 15. The last day of Fall Term classes is Dec. 8.
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.
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