Your 50th Reunion

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

50th Reunion Recap

The Class of 1970 continued a longstanding 50th-reunion tradition of generously giving back to Washington and Lee. The class of 1970 earned the Trident Trophy with an outstanding performance in class participation to the Annual Fund! 59% of the class made a gift to the Annual Fund which raised $199,430 for a single year and $537,155 in multi-year commitments.  The class chose to build on the Robert E.R. Huntley Scholarship, which was established during their 25th reunion, as their class project and raised $185,300.  The class’ overall reunion gift was $6,345,790. The Class of 1970 also had strong reunion participation with 131 members of the class making a contribution, for a total participation rate of 66 percent.

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.

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

Largest 50th Reunion Gift Totals

  1. Class of 1969: $ 13,267,448.88
  2. Class of 1968: $ 11,115,427.28
  3. Class of 1967: $ 9,893,952.12
  4. Class of 1964: $ 8,828,845.83
  5. Class of 1962: $ 8,537,870.39

For questions about the 50th reunion gift, please contact Erin Stringer, Director of Reunion Giving


Contact Us

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