Five-Star Festival

Mark Your Calendars for September 12 - 14, 2019! The 55th, 60th and 65th reunion classes of '64, '59 and '54 are the centerpieces, but all Five-Star Generals (anyone class of 1968 and earlier) are cordially invited! The weekend features door-to-door transportation, President Will Dudley, the new Director of Institutional History, Lynn Rainville, students, interesting presentations, and time to relax and socialize.

Register Online

$130 per person fee includes all programs, food, beverages and event transportation. Hotel charges are NOT inlcuded.

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

See who is coming!

Hotel Information

There is a block of rooms reserved at the Hampton Inn Col Alto. You must call the Hampton Inn at (540) 463-2223 to claim your room; tell them you are with the Five-Star Festival.


Thursday, September 12

Time Event Location
1 - 5pm Registration Hampton Inn
5:50pm SHUTTLES depart Hampton Inn for campus
6 - 7pm Welcome Reception
Hosted by President William C. Dudley
Lee House
7:30 - 9pm Five-Star Banquet Evans Hall
9pm SHUTTLES to Hampton Inn
9 - 10:30pm Hospitality Suite Lexington Room, Hampton Inn

Friday, September 13

Time Event Location
7 - 8:20am Breakfast Hampton Inn
8:50am SHUTTLES depart Hampton Inn for campus
9:15 - 10:15am President William C. Dudley Stackhouse Theater
10:15 - 10:45am The Honor System and Academic Integrity Stackhouse Theater
10:45 - 11:10am BREAK
11:15 - noon "Trump or No Trump?"
A preview of the 2020 Presidential Election
Stackhouse Theater
12:10 - 1:10pm Lunch with students Evans Hall
1:15pm Early SHUTTLE to Hampton Inn
1:30 - 2:30pm "Four Centuries of W&L History"
Dr. Lynn Rainville, Director of Institutional History
Stackhouse Theater
2:30pm Final SHUTTLE to Hampton Inn
2:30 - 5pm Free Time
5:10pm SHUTTLES depart Hampton Inn for Lee Chapel
5:30pm sharp Five-Star Photos Lee Chapel Steps
5:45pm Celebration of Life Lee Chapel
6:30 - 9pm Five-Star Reception and Dinner Kamen Gallery
6:30 - 7:30pm Class of 1959 Reception 206 Paxton St.
7:30 - 9pm Class of 1959 Dinner Reeves Center
9pm SHUTTLES to Hampton Inn
9 - 10:30pm Hospitality Suite Lexington Room, Hampton Inn

Saturday, September 14

Time Event Location
7 - 8:30am Breakfast Hampton Inn
9:15am SHUTTLES depart Hampton Inn for campus
9:30 - 11:30am W&L Treasures
Tom Camden '76, Director of Special Collections
Lifelong Learning
Speaker TBD
Leyburn Library
Ruscio Center for Global Learning, Atrium
11:30am - 12:30pm Conlcuding Lunch Hotchkiss Alumni House
12:30pm SHUTTLES to Hampton Inn
1 - 4pm Football: Generals vs. Sewanee Wilson Field

The festival ends officially at lunch on Saturday, but you can stay for the Football game v. Sewanee at 1p.m. 

A few more tips:
• Attire for the Weekend? Daytime attire is casual. Most people choose business attire for the evenings.
• 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.