The Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics
The Washington and Lee University Mock Convention is a quadrennial tradition in which student delegates attempt to predict the presidential nominee of the political party currently out of the White House. The 26th Mock Convention correctly predicted Mr. Donald J. Trump as its anticipated candidate to win the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election.
Billed as the nation's most accurate mock convention since its inception in 1908, W&L's convention cannot claim to be the oldest such exercise; Oberlin College has one that dates back to pre-Civil War days. Nevertheless, for consistent accuracy-and eye-filling opulence-the Mock Convention simply has no peer.
With 20 correct predictions in 26 attempts, and only two errors since 1948, the convention has been described by Time magazine as the "biggest and boomingest" of all amateur gatherings. Newsweek, not to be outdone, promptly dubbed it, "the most realistic" student conclave. It has been applauded on the floor of the U.S. Senate as an "outstanding practical experiment in politics."
Students can get involved with Mock Convention from the moment they arrive on campus but the opportunity to witness a Convention comes only once every four years.