Five-Star Festival

The Five-Star 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.

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The festival ends officially at lunch on Saturday. There is a Generals football game at 1 p.m. The a la carte dinner hosted by Bill Russell '57 on Saturday night is sold out. 

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.

If you need assistance, please contact Kelly Martone in the Alumni Office at (540) 458-8464.


Thursday, November 2

Time Event Location
1 - 5 p.m. Registration Hampton Inn
3:45 p.m. SHUTTLE depart Hampton Inn
4 p.m. "Race, Civil Rights, and W&L in the 1960s"
Blaine Brownell '65 talk and book signing
Northen Auditorium
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 p.m. SHUTTLES depart Evans for Hampton Inn
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:
1) Washington Hall and remodeled Lee Chapel Museum 
2) New Upper Class 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 1945 - 1957 reception and dinner Lexington Country Club
6:15 p.m. 1958 - 1965 reception and dinner
Guests: Class of 1962 Faculty Fellows
Hotchkiss House
8:30 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 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast Hampton Inn
9:15 a.m. SHUTTLES depart for campus Hampton Inn
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. The group 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
Leyburn Library &
Ruscio 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
Shuttle will be provided for those who wish to stay for game
Wilson Field
4 - 6 p.m. "Flavors of Rockbridge" Doremus Society Reception
By invitation only