Class of 2024 Newsletter
August 2022
Hello, Class of 2024 Families!
It is hard to believe that it is already August. We are excited to welcome students and families back to campus this month for a new academic year.

As we enter the fall semester, make sure to stay connected with Parent & Family Programs through the websitesocial media, and email. We will continue to share updates throughout the year and provide information about ways to stay engaged with the W&M Family.

We hope to see you all on campus for Family Weekend, September 23-25. In the meantime, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out!
S. Mark Sikes, Ph.D.
Vice Dean for Student Success
Dates & Deadlines
August 27-28: Returning student move-in*
August 30: Add/drop period begins
August 31: First day of classes and Convocation
September 5: Labor Day (classes cancelled)
September 12: Last day to add/drop
September 13: Withdrawal period begins
September 24-25: Family Weekend
October 13-16: Fall Break
*Additional move-in appointments by request only 8/29 and 8/30
Resources for You
Parent & Family Calendar
We are excited to share our Parent & Family Calendar for the 2022-2023 Academic Year! This calendar contains important academic dates, highlighted resources, and William & Mary

We hope you will use this calendar as a resource to connect with your student and support their W&M experience.
Parent & Family Resource Guide
The William & Mary Parent & Family Resource Guide is designed to be an interactive overview of frequently referenced resources.

The digital pdf will be updated once per year and posted to our website for those who wish to print out our Resource Guide. The 2022-23 guide is available at the link below.
Supporting Your Student - A William & Mary Parent & Family Blog
Check out our posts from the past academic year. More posts will continue to be shared throughout the next year!
Campus Events & Announcements
Register for Family Weekend 2022!
Registration for Family Weekend 2022 is now open, and we hope to see you all there! Throughout the weekend, from September 23 to 25, there will be a variety of family-friendly events and informative programs for your enjoyment. Check out the Family Weekend website for more details and to stay up to date as we release more information!
Purchase Family Weekend Picnic Tickets
On Saturday, September 24, from 12pm - 2pm, the Family Weekend Picnic will take place in the Wren Yard. The buffet will include a diverse and delicious menu to suit the needs of everyone in the family.
W&M updates COVID-19 guidelines for fall semester
William & Mary provides robust student health services that can support students to manage COVID-19 appropriately. The following amendments, effective Aug. 5, allow W&M to enfold COVID-19 response into the university’s overall health and wellness program:
  • ReportCOVID is no longer required, and W&M will not be operating case management or contact tracing this year.
  • Students who test positive should isolate at home or off campus if that is feasible. The university does not coordinate dedicated COVID-19 isolation housing.
  • Residential students who are unable to isolate off campus should plan to isolate in their residence hall following these guidelines.
  • W&M is offering student guides and resources online
Opening Convocation: August 31, 7pm
Continuing a tradition that was reinaugurated during the university's tercentenary in 1993, William & Mary begins each fall with our Opening Convocation to celebrate the start of the academic session. Early in the evening on the first day of fall classes, faculty, staff and students gather at the Sir Christopher Wren Building to signify the beginning of the academic year and to officially welcome all of our entering William & Mary students.
The TutorZone Opens on September 12!
The TutorZone is so excited to welcome all of our students for this new academic year! We will be opening for appointments on Monday, September 12th. Class availability and appointment scheduling will be posted on the TutorZone website in late August. If your student is interested in getting a head start on building their academic skills, please have them check out our Resource Guide!

Please contact with any questions.
Albemarle County Fair at Highland
The Albemarle County Fair is scheduled from Thursday, August 4 through Saturday, August 6 on the grounds of Highland. Fair hours will be 4 to 9 pm on Thursday, August 4, and 10am to 9pm on Friday and Saturday, August 5 and 6. Tickets are $5 per person and free for children under 6 years of age. This fun and festive “Old-Time Country Fair” will be a three-day agricultural celebration, complete with exhibits, baked goods, crafts, family entertainment, events, livestock, and grand old-time country fun. In addition to this year’s attractions, the fair, in collaboration with James Monroe’s Highland, will offer demonstrations of historic and cultural significance, including a blacksmith and wool spinning and weaving. James Monroe’s Highland is a part of William & Mary, located in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Student Unions & Engagement Updates
Student Union & Engagement (SUE) cultivates intentional and inclusive experiences and physical spaces for all students. Part of this work includes overall responsibility for the Sadler Center, William & Mary’s student union, which was newly expanded. The expanded area features dynamic student spaces including a student art gallery, a meditation room, informal lounges, collaborative spaces and a student media suite for student productions and publications.

Another feature of SUE is the support it provides to Alma Mater Productions (AMP). AMP is a campus-wide, student-run programming board that provides free and low-cost events to all students. For the Fall 2022 semester, they have 32 events planned for your student! Encourage your student to get involved with AMP at the Student Organization Activities Fair and to check out their TribeLink page, Facebook, or Instagram for upcoming events.
Auxiliary Services
W&M Dining: All Access Meal Plan
What is the All Access plan? Based on consistent feedback from students and research from peer institutions, the All Access plan has been developed to allow students more flexibility with how they use their meal plan. Students with All Access now have unlimited meal swipes for Commons and Sadler - want to swipe into Sadler for coffee and a muffin before class? Use a swipe. Need a banana from Commons before working out? Use a swipe. Do you eat smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day? There is no more need to budget your swipes throughout the week/semester.

The plan also introduces Griffin Deals which can be used at select retail locations to create your own meal combination. Students have two Griffin Meals per day which can be used for a variety of options at Marketplace, Tribe Truck, Student X-change, Tribe Market and Boehly Cafe. Additionally, All Access plans include $400 Dining Dollars to use at any dining location such as Daily Grind, Chick-fil-A, Bake Shop and more.
Juniors, Seniors, or students living in a campus-managed apartment can review their eligible options on and visit the Manage Your Meal Plan page to change their plan. Students should be sure to select Change Meal Plan to avoid having multiple meal plans. Fall meal plan selection will close at the end of add/drop, September 12, 2022.
Tribe Card Services
Tribe Card is the official form of identification for students, faculty and staff and an essential part of their life here on campus, providing access to meal plan, residence halls and more. Returning students should double check they have their Tribe Card before they return to campus. New students will receive their Tribe Card when they check in for housing.
Parking & Transportation Services
Eligible Junior, Senior, and Graduate students are now able to access the online parking portal to purchase a 2022-23 Parking Decal.
Parking Decals purchased online will be available for pickup at the new Parking & Transportation location in Campus Center starting Monday, August 8. Parking & Transportation staff will be on hand to answer questions and ensure students have the decal that best fits their needs. Please direct questions or concerns to us at
Families, subscribe to Campus Corner, the monthly Auxiliary Services newsletter created for students:
Follow @wmauxiliaries on social media for the latest updates
Parent & Family Giving
Parent & Family Giving
Parents, grandparents and others play a key role in providing all students with the academic and personal tools that allow them to flourish. You may have been active in your student’s PTA programs throughout their childhood or provided all those “extras” for teams, scouts, dance and more. While family engagement is less hands-on in college, your support remains equally important. Among the ways you can serve William & Mary students is your annual gift to the Parents Fund which advances William & Mary’s mission to prepare students to learn, lead, and live with integrity and purpose. The Parents Fund is an unrestricted annual fund that supports the university broadly and initiatives within five key areas:

• Campus Living – Residence Life and orientation programming
• Career Development & Professional Engagement – internships, workshops, and trips
• Health & Wellness – Counseling Center, Health Center, Campus Recreation
• Student Engagement & Leadership – student clubs and organizations, leadership development, community service
• Student Success – TutorZone, Student Accessibility Services, Center for Student Diversity

Thanks to the Parents Fund, the Office of Career Development & Professional Engagement helps students navigate their next steps into the professional world – a pillar of Vision 2026. Your gifts to the Parents Fund provide students essential job, internship, and professional workshop opportunities, along with personalized guidance. Also thanks to the Parents Fund, a Counseling Center clinician is always available to students via phone. Students can access 24/7 tele-therapy by calling (757) 221-3620. This simply would not be possible without the Parents Fund.

As you prepare for the new academic year, please plan to make your annual gift to the Parents Fund and thank you for all the many ways you support your student and their peers.
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