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William & Mary Homecoming set for Oct. 22-25

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    Homecoming:  The Griffin waves to the crowd during the 2014 Homecoming parade.  Photo by Stephen Salpukas
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From Oct. 22 to 25, alumni from around the globe will make their annual pilgrimage back to William & Mary to celebrate and reconnect with classmates and their alma mater.

Click to see a larger version of the parade route.William & Mary’s annual Homecoming parade will be Friday, Oct. 23 at 4:30 p.m. and will be webcast live. The parade route will begin on North Boundary Street before coming up Richmond Road.

The following is a list of road closures to be aware of during the parade:

  • North Boundary Street will be closed from 3:15 to 5 p.m.
  • Richmond Road from College Corner (“Confusion Corner”) to Brooks Street will be closed from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • College Corner (“Confusion Corner”) will be closed from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Scotland Street from Braxton Court to Richmond Road will be closed from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Richmond Road from Armistead Avenue to Scotland Street will be closed from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Brooks Street to Compton will be closed from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

 Highlights of Homecoming 2015 include:

  • Class Reunions: Homecoming weekend provides plenty of opportunities to reminisce with college friends. To find out more about reunion year parade watches, class photos and reunion receptions, go to wmhomecoming.com.
  • Leadership Symposium: 19th Century Education in a 21st Century Economy: Friday, Oct. 23, 9-11 a.m. at the School of Education. Join Ted Dintersmith ’74 for a discussion about his new documentary, Most Likely to Succeed, which examines possible solutions to better prepare K-12 students to succeed in a 21st century economy. Registration is requested.
  • Leadership Symposium: Confronting Growing National Security Threats: Friday, Oct. 23, 1:45-3:30 p.m. at Phi Beta Kappa Hall. Chancellor Robert M. Gates ’65, L.H.D. ’98 will share his views about the most pressing threats to global stability and America’s security and answer questions from New York Times Chief White House Correspondent Peter Baker. Registration is requested.
  • Homecoming Parade: Friday, Oct. 23, 4:30 p.m. beginning on North Boundary Street before coming up Richmond Road and then winding through campus. William & Mary’s annual Homecoming parade will be webcast live at http://wmhomecoming.com/#parade.
  • Friday Night Fest featuring Beer, Bourbon & Bordeaux: Friday, Oct. 23, 7-11 p.m. in the Sunken Garden, featuring live music, food trucks (pay-as-you-go) and tastings from Virginia breweries, vineyards and distilleries ($30 per person, $20 per Young Guarde member).
  • William & Mary Comedy and Improv: Friday, Oct. 23, 9-11 p.m. in Kimball Theatre, Merchants Square. Witness student-led improvisation challenges with talented William & Mary alumni as they take the stage and participate in a sampling of comedy-related acts. Registration is requested.
  • Leadership Symposium: Transformational Innovation: Saturday, Oct. 24, 9-11 a.m. in Brinkley Commons at Alan B. Miller Hall. Join W&M innovators and entrepreneurs as they discuss how they are leading efforts that are improving the quality of millions of lives. Registration is requested.
  • All-Alumni and Reunion Class Tailgate: Saturday, Oct. 24, noon-3 p.m. in the Sunken Garden with food and music ($25 adult/$15 child).
  • W&M Football Game: Saturday, Oct. 24, 3:30 p.m. at Zable Stadium. The Tribe will take on the Hampton University Pirates. Call 757.221.3340 to purchase tickets.
  • Saturday Night Bash: Saturday, Oct. 24, 9-11:30 p.m. in the Sunken Garden. Dance the night away to the sounds of Attraction, a nine-piece party band. There is plenty of space to lounge and spend time with old friends ($25 per person).

William & Mary expects thousands of alumni, students, faculty, administrators, parents and friends of the university to participate in this year’s extraordinary celebration of Homecoming.

A complete list of campus events and prices are available at wmhomecoming.com.