May 28, 2021
This past weekend William & Mary celebrated the Class of 2021 with 6 in-person commencement ceremonies across 3 days. It was a celebration like none other! We sincerely hope your family is able to celebrate your student's accomplishments in meaningful ways this month and beyond.

In case you missed it, William & Mary released vaccination guidance for the 2021-2022 academic year and announced move-in dates for incoming students. You will find this information and other important Tribe Guide updates in the newsletter below.

We hope you will be able to join us for our Family Friday session TODAY, May 28 where we will be answering questions about Student Accessibility Services and the accommodations process. Please know that our email inbox and phone line are ready for your questions Monday-Friday 8 AM - 5 PM.

S. Mark Sikes, Ph.D.
Vice Dean for Student Success
William & Mary
Heather Deere, M.S.
Assistant Director of Parent & Family Programs
William & Mary
The Tribe Guide
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. Students should review their progress on the following items:

  • Due May 31: Freshman Housing Application
  • Due May 31: SAS AC & Disability Housing-Related Accommodations
  • Due June 1: Health History & Immunizations
  • Due June 1: New Student Inventory
  • Review: COVID-19 Vaccinations

Reminder - it is your student's responsibility to complete all items in the checklist. Ask open-ended questions to determine their progress on items listed above and how you can best support them in completing their to-do's.
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ICYMI: W&M Announces Vaccine Guidance
William & Mary’s vaccine policy for Fall 2021 is shaped by our mission and goals, consistent with our pandemic response so far. The overriding considerations around which we plan are to protect public health and the safety of our academic community and neighbors. 

Review the Tribe Guide Checklist to learn more about vaccine guidance, how to report vaccination status, and pre-arrival testing for those not vaccinated.
ICYMI: Move-In Dates Announced
W&M Residence Life has released information regarding Fall 2021 Move-In!

Please take a moment to review this new information and save the date for your student's move-in! More information will be released as the summer progresses. Appointment instructions will be released no later than July 15.
Pre-Orientation Programs Registration
W&M's four (4) pre-Orientation programs are a great way for your students to learn more about themselves and their community the summer before they join the Tribe in August!

The deadline to apply for PLUS (Preparing for Life as a University Student) is Monday, May 31, 2021. Registration for Pathways 2021 closes on Thursday, July 1, 2021, and spots are filling quickly!
Family Friday: Student Accessibility Services
May 28, 2021 | 4-5 PM EST
The Office of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) works with faculty and university offices to offer a variety of services for William & Mary students who have disabilities with reasonable and appropriate accommodation for the duration of their time at the university.

Join representatives from SAS to learn more about upcoming deadlines and how they can aid in your student's transition to W&M. You may be interested in this session if your student is requesting air conditioning, housing, or academic accommodations due to a diagnosed disability.

This session is designed for parents and families.
There will be ample opportunity for you to ask questions - be sure to join us!
This webinar and all other webinars from the Parent & Family webinar series will be recorded and available online to watch later.
Tribe Guide 101
Recording Available
During this time of transition, there are key campus partners to help you along the way. Join Lauren Garrett, Director of Student Transition Engagement Programs, and Heather Deere, Assistant Director of Parent & Family Programs, as they discuss the Tribe Guide, summer next steps, and how both offices will support your transition moving forward. 
Looking for a more in-depth overview of the Tribe Guide? Review this Zoom Through the Tribe Guide, presented by Student Transition Engagement Programs.
Advising & Course Registration
Friday, June 18 - 4 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.

Link to join will be provided soon.
Meal Plans and More!
Friday, June 25 - 4 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. 

Link to join will be provided soon.
Tribe Pride & Digital Downloads
Yard Sign Templates
We know this is an exciting time for both you and your student - and you want to share this excitement with others! Visit the link below to find templates for yard signs to show how proud you are of your W&M student!

Take any of these designs to your local printer and be sure to tag us in photos of your yard sign!
Class of 2025 gear still available!
To commemorate this exciting time, we are pleased to offer "Class of 2025" gear through our online store. This is a great way to show your Tribe Pride at graduation, move-in, and on summer vacations. You will have this memento for years to come!

 A limited quantity is available while supplies last.
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. Search "W&M Family" within the editor to view all options.
Stay Connected
Follow us on Instagram!
There are many ways to stay connected and up to date with William & Mary. One way is by connecting with our office on Instagram, Follow us @wm_families to receive deadline updates, university news, event information, and more.

By following our account, you will have another way to stay connected to the Tribe!
Download the W&M Mobile App
William & Mary offers a convenient app that allows you to access essential information anywhere, anytime on your mobile device – available for iOSAndroid 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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