June 2020
We hope this newsletter finds you and your family well. Summer has begun, and we look forward to supporting you as your students engage in meaningful summer activities and plan for their next 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 tuition news, One Tribe One Day, 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
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 Ceremony, Real Celebration
William & Mary’s Class of 2020 received words of encouragement and advice from not just one Commencement speaker this year, but many as the university hosted its first  virtual degree-conferral ceremony .

After Rowe recognized this year’s recipients of the  annual Commencement awards , she was joined — virtually — by the deans of the university’s five schools and Provost Peggy Agouris for the conferral of degrees, both undergraduate and graduate.
W&M Board Reverses Fall 2020 Tuition Increase
The William & Mary Board of Visitors unanimously voted to roll back a previously adopted tuition increase for incoming in-state undergraduates and keep tuition and mandatory fees flat for all students, including in-state and out-of-state undergraduates, graduate and professional students.

The action is part of the university’s overall planned response to mitigate financial strain on students and families.
W&M Law School Dean Announced
The William & Mary Law School — the oldest law school in America — has made an impressive and historic selection for its new dean.

A. Benjamin Spencer, a nationally renowned civil procedure and federal courts expert and current professor of law at the University of Virginia, will begin at William & Mary Law School July 1. Spencer will be William & Mary’s first African-American dean of any school at the university, including the law school.
One Tribe One Day: June 23
This is William & Mary's annual day of giving and celebration: a chance to show the world how much this university means to us. This is your moment to make an impact on students' education and the William & Mary community. Gifts of any size to any area of the university count and will help unlock a special Parent & Family Challenge.

On June 23, share your W&M pride on social media using the #OneTribeOneDay hashtag. Together, let's finish the For the Bold campaign strong!
Virtual Engagement Opportunities
Take part in upcoming W&M Alumni Association virtual events, open to all alumni, parents, family and friends!

Highlighted events:

  • Higher Education Response to COVID-19 Tues, June 2, 1-2 p.m.
  • COVID-19, the Health Crisis and Community Wed, June 3, 4-5 p.m.
  • Virtual Wine Tasting with Morais Vineyards & Winery Thurs, June 11, 6-7 p.m.
  • How to Get the Family Stories that Change Your Life Fri, June 12, Noon - 1 p.m.
Career Opportunities
The Cohen Career Center has programming and resources to serve students during these unprecedented times, including:

  • Webinar: “Maximizing Your Summer in the Age of COVID-19” - June 9th
  • "Job and Internship Search" - June 5th
  • Zoom and phone options for advising appointments

Students can find information and sign up for these offerings through TribeCareers.
Summer Law Courses
The Center for Legal & Court Technology has developed a series of virtual introductory law courses for high school and college students. Courses last from 4 to a maximum of 14 hours, and are designed for students who are keen to explore what studying law entails, but also for those who have a passion for government studies or are interested in business and technology.

Courses are aimed at high school and college students aged 14 & above.
Courageous Leadership Institute
The Courageous Leadership Institute is a 4-day program open to rising 11th & 12th-grade students comprised of asynchronous learning and 12 hours of synchronous keynote speakers, small group discussion, and facilitated reflection.

Students who complete the program will receive a certificate of completion from William & Mary’s Courageous Leadership Institute, and emerge better equipped to step into their values, especially when it is hard.

The 2020 online fee: $50/student
Help Us Help Our Students
With some of our students’ internships having been rescinded, we’re trying to provide as many opportunities as possible to help them move forward in their career development.

Would you consider offering an externship opportunity - brief (1-2 day) job shadowing - at your organization, either virtually or in-person, for our students? Externships give students an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the fields they are considering and strengthen their professional networks.
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