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Washington and Lee University Office of Alumni Affairs

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There are many ways for Alumni to assist Washington and Lee. Alumni across the country and in the United Kingdom volunteer through their chapter or class, through contacts with corporations or foundations, and assisting with admissions interviews and event hosting.

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Our alumni cover the globe, but there's never been a better time to stay connected. Join the conversation and stay informed.

Alumni Chapters

There are 77 alumni chapters in the U.S. and one in London. They are a great way to build personal and professional networks by discovering the paths of your fellow alumni. Active participation in your local chapter will result in new relationships and opportunities. And of course, W&L people know how to have fun! Our Alumni Chapters are organized by zip codes. Most alumni are automatically assigned to a chapter based on their home address. If you are not already receiving communications about chapter events, please access Colonnade Connections and update your contact information. 

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Chapters are named after metro and geographic areas, entire states, and larger regions that combine multiple states. After you’ve located the chapter nearest you, contact the Chapter President or Alumni Affairs Office to see how you can get involved.

Upcoming Events

Campus Events

Alumni Affairs creates memorable reunions and destination events here on campus. Thousands of alumni return to Lexington each year for Alumni Weekend, Young Alumni Weekend, Five Star Festival, Hall of Fame, and the class reunions within each gathering.

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Alumni Affairs occasionally offers on-campus Affinity reunions as well. Examples include Greek reunions and Black Alumni reunions. 

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Alumni Weekend 2016

Alumni Weekend 2016 is over but we've photos and memories to remind us of the good times.

Over 700 alumni and 400+ guests from the classes of 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, and 2001. 

Career Resources

Get career-related advice, connect with other alumni in your field, recruit students and find career events in your area.

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Alumni @ Work

W&L Alumni are doing amazing things! Check out some of their stories.


The Rev. John Cleghorn, Caldwell Presbyterian Church, stands in front of a line of police officers in Charlotte, N.C. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. blocking the access road to I-277 on the third night of protests following Tuesday's fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) Chuck Burton AP

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Putting Words into Action: The Rev. John Cleghorn '84

In his 2014 Baccalaureate address at Washington and Lee University, "Community and the Common Good," the Rev. John M. Cleghorn told the graduates: "This place and the people who give it life have prepared you for life beyond the comforting lap of Lexington. More than that, they have given you a rare advantage and a set of privileges that call on you to live and lead extraordinary lives, lives that reach beyond yourselves."

The Rockwell brothers: Paul (left) and Kiffin (right) in Paris in 1916, on the occasion of Paul’s wedding. Photo from the Paul Ayres Rockwell Collection, Special Collections & Archives, Washington and Lee University

Monday, September 26, 2016

Over There: Kiffin Rockwell, W&L's French Fighter Pilot

One hundred years ago this month, Sept. 23, 1916, a young man named Kiffin Rockwell became the first alumnus of Washington and Lee University to give his life during World War I — not as an American doughboy, as you might expect, but as a founding member of the French air squadron known as the Escadrille Americaine, or the Lafayette Escadrille.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Museum of the American Revolution Honors Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest

On Sept. 15, Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest joined hundreds of friends and neighbors at a ceremony for the official opening of the Museum of the American Revolution's outdoor plaza and the unveiling of the plaque naming the recently completed museum building in the Lenfest's honor. The museum officially opens to the public on April 19, 2017.

Paten Hughes

Friday, September 16, 2016

Paten Hughes: Lights, Camera, Action!

Actress and producer Paten Hughes' dream role would be to play Hillary Clinton. "I find her incredibly interesting," she said in an interview with The Tulcan Times. In the meantime, the recent W&L French and theater graduate has another project that launched Sept. 9 — "Heirloom," the debut of a nine-part rom-com web series on Vimeo.

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Alumni Affairs Services

Check out some of the services the University and Alumni Affairs offers.

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Leadership Groups

The Alumni Association could not succeed without Alumni and student volunteer leaders. Learn more about these amazing groups.

Campus Address

Office of Alumni Affairs
Washington and Lee University
Hotchkiss House
Lexington, VA 24450
Ph: (540) 458-8468
Fax: (540) 458-8428