Your 50th Reunion

50th reunion classes leave a legacy at W&L and honor their alma mater through a significant class reunion gift.

Class Projects

Typical class projects include bricks and mortar projects like the Colonnade restoration and the Ruscio Center for Global Learning; and important endowments supporting student scholarships, faculty excellence, the arts, and many other areas of the University. Each class project generally requires a minimum of $1 million for a new endowment, with some projects requiring up to $2.5 million.

The Class of 1970 established the Robert E.R. Huntley Scholarship during its 25th reunion to recognize students whose intellectual strength, character, and leadership ability mirror the qualities that the late former university president embodied. The class commits to raising $1,250,000 to bolster the scholarship, which can benefit a student recipient for all four years of his or her undergraduate experience. In order to make the most immediate impact, the class strives to contribute the majority of the goal in cash gifts and pledges payable over five years, with the balance coming from planned gifts such as bequests, IRA distributions, gift annuities, and other estate planning vehicles.

What Counts?

Each 50th Reunion class honors W&L by identifying and raising support for a project that addresses the University's current priorities. Reunion class giving has three components:

  • A class project (one or more priority areas chosen by the reunion committee)
  • The Annual Fund
  • Gifts and pledges to areas of personal interest

For questions about the 50th reunion gift, please contact Missy Witherow, Director of Annual Giving.

Recent 50th Reunion Gift Projects

  • Class of 1969: The Class of 1969 Leyburn Honor Scholarship/ The Restoration of Historic Doremus Gymnasium
  • Class of 1968: The Class of 1968 Scholarship
  • Class of 1967: The Class of 1967 Scholarship
  • Class of 1966: The Class of 1966 Endowment to Collect and Preserve the University's History/Washington and Lee University: 1930-2000 by Blaine Brownell '65
  • Class of 1965: Class of 1965 Endowment for Excellence in Teaching
  • Class of 1964: Ruscio Center for Global Learning/Class of 1964 Endowment for the Arts
  • Class of 1963: Classroom (Colonnade Restoration)/Scholars -In-Residence
  • Class of 1962: Class of 1962 President's Suite (Colonnade Restoration)
  • Class of 1961: Dean Frank J. Gilliam Provost's Suite (Colonnade Restoration)
  • Class of 1960: Class of 1960 Professorship in Ethics

Recent 50th Reunion Gift Totals

  • Class of 1969: $13,280,208.00
  • Class of 1968: $11,115,427.28
  • Class of 1967: $9,893,952.12
  • Class of 1966: $3,215,560.80
  • Class of 1965: $2,703,410.58
  • Class of 1964: $8,828,845.83
  • Class of 1963: $2,294,993.75
  • Class of 1962: $8,389,781.77
  • Class of 1961: $3,504,431.43
  • Class of 1960: $3,034,598.51


Contact Us

Reunion Giving
Office of University Development
Washington and Lee University
Development Building
Lexington, VA 24450