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William & Mary 2010 - Present

The Griffin
2010, February 6

Marking William & Mary's 317th anniversary, Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell addressed the community in Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall Feb. 6, during the Charter Day ceremony.

2010, April 6

William & Mary welcomed a new Tribe mascot - The Griffin. With the body of a British lion and the head of an American bald eagle, the mythical creature links the history and heritage of the United States and Great Britain.

2011, February 4

Eric CantorU.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader, Eric Cantor J.D. '88, spoke to a crowd of more than 2,000 at the Charter Day ceremony celebrating William & Mary's 318th birthday. New traditions were set as the ceremony moved from Saturday morning to Friday afternoon, and the first-ever Charter Day concert was hosted on Saturday evening.

2011, September 6

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates '65 is named the 24th Chancellor of the College. Gates will succeed retired U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in the post when she completes her term in February 2012.

Robert Gates2012, February 6

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates '65 is invested as the College's new chancellor during the Charter Day ceremony.

2012, May 13

Broadcast news icon Jim Lehrer, a fixture for decades as lead anchor for the Public Broadcasting System and a frequent moderator of presidential debates, delivered the 2012 Commencement address.

2012, October 10

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, considered one of the world's most influential spiritual leaders and winner of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize, spoke at William & Mary. His Holiness the 14th Dalai LamaSponsored by student groups, the Dalai Lama delivered a lecture focused on the virtues of human compassion.

2012, November 8

The largest single financial award in W&M history is announced. A $25 million award from USAID will establish the AidData Center for Development Policy—a joint venture between W&M and several partners.

2013, January 25

The Hunter Smith Family Foundation establishes the Hunter J. Smith ('51) Endowment for Freshman Seminars with a gift of $10 million to William & Mary. Freshman seminars, with their class sizes limited to 15, began at W&M in 1993.

2013, February 8

W&M Chancellor and former Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates '65 spoke at the annual Charter Day ceremony, marking the university's 320th anniversary.

Muscarelle Museum of Art2013, February 9

The Muscarelle Museum of Art celebrates its 30th anniversary with 25 drawings preserved by Michelangelo’s descendants from the family home, the Casa Buonarroti in Florence.

2013, April

The estate of the late Walter J. Zable ’37, LL.D. ’78 provided a $23.9 million gift to William & Mary, $20 million of which will be split between scholarships for student athletes and renovations to the stadium that carries his name. The gift ranks among the largest single gifts in W&M’s 320-year history.

2013, April 19

William & Mary’s Board of Visitors approved the William & Mary Promise, an innovative, new operating model that will enhance the quality of a William & Mary education while improving predictability and affordability for in-state undergraduate students.

Robert S. Mueller
2013, May 14

Robert S. Mueller III, the longest serving director of the FBI since J. Edgar Hoover, addressed this year’s William & Mary Commencement Exercises. He emphasized three qualities essential for success in life: integrity, service and patience.

2013, August

Following a three-year review by a committee of faculty, administrators and students, William & Mary implemented revisions to its honor system. The honor system has its historic origins in the 18th century and is the oldest in American higher education.

2013, October

W&M Chancellor and former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates ’65, L.H.D. ’98 announces he will donate his personal papers to the university. Gates and his wife, Rebecca, also committed an estimated $1.5 million from their estate, which would include $1.45 million in student scholarships.

2013, December 12

The Faculty of Arts & Sciences voted in favor of new general education requirements for the undergraduate program at the College. Called the College Curriculum (COLL),the new general education curriculum systematically links all four undergraduate years at William & Mary from start to finish.Governor Terry McAuliffe

2014, February 7

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe encouraged students to take chances and pursue what they love as he spoke at William & Mary’s Charter Day Ceremony, celebrating the university's 321st anniversary.

Leroy Petry
2014, May 11

Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry, who has become a symbol of inspiration for wounded soldiers, delivered the 2014 Commencement address. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia also offered brief remarks.