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 included.

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 by August 12; tell them you are with the Five-Star Festival.


Thursday, September 12

Time Event Location
1 - 5:30pm Registration Hampton Inn
4:15pm EARLY SHUTTLE from Hampton to Campus
4:30pm "A Civil War Murder(?) Mystery: The Death and Burial of Lt. John Rodgers Meigs"
Inaugural Lecture, Dr. Barton Myers, Class of 1960 Professor of Ethics and History
Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library
5:45pm SHUTTLES depart Hampton Inn for campus
6 - 7pm Welcome Reception
Hosted by President William C. Dudley
Lee House
7:15 - 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 - 10am President William C. Dudley Stackhouse Theater
10 - 10:35am The Honor System and Academic Integrity
Will Bolton, Student Body Executive Committee President
The Owings Fellowship and Academic Integrity
Catherine Latour '20, Harrison Travis '21 and Will Schirmer '20
Stackhouse Theater
10:35 - 10:55am BREAK
11 - noon "Trump or No Trump: The 2020 Presidential Election"
Politics Professors Brian Alexander and Bob Strong & 
Mock Convention 2020 student leaders John Harashinski '20, Valerie Marshall '21, and Elizabeth Thompson'20
Stackhouse Theater
12:10 - 1:10pm Lunch with students Evans Hall
1:15pm Optional 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 SHUTTLES 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 - 7:30pm Class of 1959 Reception 206 Paxton St.
6:30 - 9pm Five-Star Reception and Dinner Kamen Gallery
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
"Oh the Places We Go"
Rob Fure, Director of Lifelong Learning, presents highlights of campus alumni college and travel programs 2019-2020
Leyburn Library
Ruscio Center for Global Learning, Atrium
11:30am - 12:30pm Concluding Lunch Hotchkiss Alumni House
12:30pm SHUTTLES to Hampton Inn (No further courtesy transportation after this route)
1 - 4pm Football: Generals vs. Sewanee
Watch the game from inside the Coach Lee McLaughlin Suite!
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.