Programming and Events

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15)
W&L celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a host of educational and social events that highlight the cultures and achievements of Hispanic peoples across the globe. From movies in the Stackhouse Theater to dance performances and other events, Washington and Lee provides students with the opportunity to celebrate the Hispanic culture.

LGBT History Month (October)
GLBT History Month celebrates the achievements of 31 gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender Icons.

Parents and Family Weekend (October)
Washington and Lee University hosts its annual Parents & Family Weekend each fall, honoring the families of W&L students. The weekend combines informational and recreational activities, giving parents the opportunity to meet with members of the faculty, review campus life, and participate in social events.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration (January)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated on the campus of Washington and Lee with a birthday party for the children of the community, a lecture delivered by a distinguished guest who embodies the spirit of Dr. King, and a time of remembrance.

African American History Month (February)
As a part of W&L's celebration of African American History Month, the university invites a prominent African American to campus to lecture.

Women's History Month (March)
During Women's History Month, Washington and Lee seeks not only to recognize the history and achievements of women, it also seeks to honor the women on the campus at all levels. In addition to lectures and panel discussions, Knowledge Empowering Women Leaders (KEWL) implemented Love Your Body Week and a Female is Beautiful campaign as well as posted celebration women bios of the women of KEWL online.

Donning of Kente Ceremony (May)
Washington and Lee University began participating in the Donning of the Kente Ceremony in 2006, inspired by Kristen Evans of the class of 2006.

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May)
May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month and at Washington and Lee, the Pan Asian Association for Cultural Exchange sponsors a host of events that are entertaining as well as educational as a means of showcasing the history, culture, and achievements of Asians and Pacific Islanders. Events include lectures, karaoke, displays and Asian heritage dinners in the Marketplace.