June 2020
We hope this newsletter finds you and your family well. Summer has begun, and we look forward to celebrating with you as your students graduate from high school, engage in meaningful summer activities, and plan for their first semester at William & Mary.

President Rowe recently shared her reflections on the role of a university in a time of crisis, and we encourage you to explore her reflections . Additionally, Deb Cheesebro, Chief of Police at William & Mary, shared a message with the community.

Keep reading to learn more about June Tribe Guide deadlines, new Tribe Pride swag just for you, and reflections from our previous year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!

S. Mark Sikes, Ph.D.
Vice Dean for Student Success
William & Mary
Heather Deere, M.S.
Assistant Director of Parent & Family Programs
William & Mary
Tribe Guide Checklist - June
The Tribe Guide is your student's one-stop online source for information about  what they need to do  before they arrive in Williamsburg this fall. This month student's should begin and review their progress on the following items:

  • Review Financial Aid
  • Meal Plan Sign Up
  • Financial Focus
  • College Studies

There's also a checklist just for you, families! Be sure to review your checklist for to-do's and resources.
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Reflections from the Uphill
At last October’s Homecoming & Reunion Weekend, Jill Ellis ’88, L.H.D. ’16 offered inspiring coaching insights. She reminded W&M that we make the most gains on the uphills.

William & Mary’s 327th academic year played out unlike any other as our community joined the national effort to overcome the challenges of COVID-19.

We hope that this year’s video retrospective affirms for you, as it does for us, our university’s strength and persistence.
Virtual Office Hours
The Office of First Year Experience will host weekly office hours for incoming students to drop in and ask questions! Every Tuesday from 1-3pm EST FYE will host office hours specifically for transfer students , which includes any incoming student who is not a traditional first time in college freshman, and every Friday from 1-3pm EST FYE will host office hours for first time in college freshmen . A W&M email will be required to sign in to these sessions, so make sure that your student uses their W&M email.  
Advising & Registration Support
Over the summer incoming students will begin the process to register for their fall classes. Your student will complete College Studies, an online short course, designed to prepare them for this process.

If you and your student have questions that are not addressed in College Studies, please contact the Office of Academic Advising at
Tribe Pride & Digital Downloads
Facebook Profile Frames
We know this is an exciting time for both you and your student - and you want to share this excitement with others! Let your community know your student is #WMburgbound this fall with our new Facebook frames.

Visit the link below to add a frame to your Facebook Profile photo.
Facebook Cover Photos
Another way to give your Facebook profile a William & Mary makeover is through our new #WMburgbound cover photos!

Visit the link below to view and download these cover photos. More digital items will be released throughout the summer - stay tuned!
2024 Family & Student Gear
To commemorate this exciting time, we are pleased to offer "Class of 2024" and "William & Mary Family" gear through our  online store . A portion of the proceeds from these sales will benefit the  HEART fund , which provides financial assistance to meet unexpected needs of W&M students for a wide range of emergency situations.

 A limited quantity is available while supplies last.
The Parent & Family Programs Webinar Series is intended to be an interactive resource designed to help you connect with faculty, staff, and students, and to answer some of your questions about programs at William & Mary. Visit the link below to view the full schedule. All webinars in our series will be recorded and available for viewing approximately one business day after the live event.  
May Recordings
During the month of May we featured a variety of offices and programs critical to your student's transition to William & Mary. Visit the link below to learn more about the Office of First Year Experience, Pre-Orientation Programs, and Student Accessibility Services.
Meal Plans and More!
Thursday, June 18 - 7 PM ET
Between dining on campus, purchasing textbooks, and getting your student's Tribe Card, Auxiliary Services offers essential student services .Join representatives from Auxiliary Services to learn more about meal plans, the W&M bookstore, and other critical services your student will use during their time at W&M. 
Advising & Course Registration
Tuesday, June 23 - 7 PM ET
Your student is about to embark on a liberal arts education. But what is a COLL curriculum and how does your student know what classes to sign up for? Join representatives from Academic Advising to learn about course registration and how advising works at W&M.
Like us on Facebook!
There are many ways to stay connected and up to date with William & Mary. One way is by connecting with our office on Facebook. "Like" our page to receive deadline updates, university news, event information, and more. By liking our page, you will have another way to stay connected to the Tribe!
Regional Events Coming Soon!
Virtually welcoming new students & their families to the Tribe one geographic area at a time!

Students whose permanent addresses fall within a reception's immediate geographic area should look for an invitation and registration link via their W&M email address.
Download the W&M Mobile App
William & Mary offers a convenient app that allows you to a ccess essential information anywhere, anytime on your mobile device – available for  iOS Android  and   mobile web . W&M Mobile provides a variety of campus information and services for the university community. The W&M mobile app will also prove extremely helpful for you and your student when they arrive on campus this fall, with quick links to access their course schedule, grades, and emergency notifications.
Parent & Family Council
The Parent & Family Council (PFC) is a community of parent donors and volunteer leaders who are dedicated to increasing parent engagement and philanthropy, promoting William & Mary, and strengthening the Tribe family. PFC families enhance student life and student success initiatives by giving and raising vital funds for the  Parents Fund and programs across the university . As parent ambassadors,  PFC members  welcome new Tribe families and help them navigate life with a college student. Members also meet faculty and administrators, provide parent perspectives to William & Mary’s senior leadership, and learn about university initiatives and priorities.
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