Five-Star Festival

We are excited to launch registration for the Five-Star Festival, created especially for you. The festival lasts from Thursday night Nov. 2 through midday Saturday, Nov. 4. The 55th and 60th reunion classes of '62 and '57 are the centerpieces, but all Five-Star Generals are cordially invited! The weekend features door-to-door transportation, President Will Dudley, students, tours of exciting new facilities, and time to relax and socialize.

Please register and pay now. You can get a full refund if you must cancel due to health or another emergency.

Registering for the Five-Star Festival is simple. Part one is the hotel, part two is the Festival:

  • If you want to attend the Festival, you must call the Hampton Inn (540) 463-2223 to claim your room; tell them you are with the Five- Star Festival. These rooms will be released to the public on October 15, so book your room now!
  • You also need to register and pay for the Festival. There is one flat fee of $130 per person for all events, food, and drink. You can register by mailing or faxing us the registration form that we sent to your address, or by registering online at the link below:

Five-Star Festival 2017 Online Registration

If you need help, please contact (540) 458-8464. We can also register you over the phone.

The festival ends offcially at lunch on Saturday. There is a Generals football game at 1 p.m. If enough people stay over Saturday night, Bill Russell '57 will host an a la carte reception and dinner at the Kendal community. The cost estimate is $25-30 per person. To RSVP contact Bill directly at (540) 463-3454 or

A few more tips:

  • Attire for the Weekend? Daytime attire is casual. Most people choose business attire for the evenings.
  • What happens if it rains? The University has a rain plan for all events.
  • What about transportation? The University will be running a courtesy shuttle to and from the Hampton Inn.
  • Is there transportation between any airports and Lexington? No.

Additional information or changes regarding the 2017 Five-Star Festival will be emailed to you, and posted online here. If you need immediate assistance, please contact the Alumni Office at (540) 458-8464.


Thursday, November 2

Time Event Location
1 - 5 p.m. Registration Hampton Inn
5:50 p.m. SHUTTLES depart Hampton Inn
6 - 7:15 p.m. Welcome Reception
Hosted by President William C. Dudley
Lee House
7:30 - 9 p.m. Five-Star Banquet
Distinguished Alumni Awards, Philanthropy Awards
Evans Hall
9 - 10:30 p.m. Hospitality Suite Lexington Room,
Hampton Inn

Friday, November 3

Time Event Location
7 - 9 a.m. Breakfast Hampton Inn
9 a.m. SHUTTLES depart Hampton Inn for campus
9:15 a.m. The philosophy and Economics of Higher Education
President William C. Dudley and Politics Professor Robert Strong
Stackhouse Theater
10 - 10:30 a.m. Q&A with President Dudley Stackhouse Theater
10:30 - 10:55 a.m. BREAK
10:55 - 11:20 a.m. "Oh, the Places We Go"
Rob Fure and Susie Thompson preview alumni college and international travel programs
Stackhouse Theater
11:20 - 11:50 a.m. "Go Generals": W&L Athletics
Featuring Athletic Director Jan Hathorn, student athletes and coaches
Stackhouse Theater
11:50 - 12:10 a.m. Showing of The Hon. John W. Warner '49's remarks from Lee Chapel on May 2, 2009 Stackhouse Theater
12:20 - 1:20 p.m. Lunch with students Evans Hall
1:30 p.m. SHUTTLES to Hampton Inn or tours
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Guided Tours: Washington Hall, remodeled Lee Chapel Museum and New Housing Village
3:30 p.m. SHUTTLES return to Hampton Inn
3:30 - 5p.m. Free Time
5:15 p.m. SHUTTLES depart for Lee Chapel Hampton Inn
5:30 p.m. sharp Five-Star Photos Lee Chapel Steps
5:45 p.m. Service of Remembrance Lee Chapel
6 p.m. SHUTTLE to Class of 1957 and non-reunion alumni reception and dinner Lexington Country Club
6:15 p.m. Class of 1962 reception and dinner
Guests: Faculty Fellows
Hotchkiss House
8:45 p.m. SHUTTLES return to Hampton Inn after dinners
9 - 10:30 p.m. Hospitality Suite Lexington Room,
Hampton Inn

Saturday, November 4

Time Event Location
7 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Hampton Inn
9:15 a.m. SHUTTLES depart for campus Hampton Inn
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. The goup divides in half and everyone
hears these presentations: "Amazing Artifacts"
Tom Camden '76, Director of University Special Collections
"International Education at W&L"
Dick Kuettner, Director of Global Discovery Labs
Rucsio Center for Global Learning
11:30 - 12:30 p.m. Concluding Lunch Hotchkiss House
12:30 p.m. SHUTTLES return to Hampton Inn
1 - 3:30 p.m. Football: Generals v. Bridgewater Wilson Field
4 - 5:30 p.m. "Cider and Champagne" Doremous Society Reception
By invitation only
6 p.m. Reception and dinner
RSVP to Bill Russell at (540) 463-3454 or