On behalf of the Division of Student Affairs, I am delighted to welcome you to the William & Mary community. My colleagues and I look forward to greeting you in person later this summer when you come to campus on Opening Day. Until then, we hope you will find this 2013-2014 Family Guide to be a useful resource. It is intended to address many of the questions you and your student have. I hope you will return to this website for future reference.
A unique feature of the William & Mary experience is the special relationship we enjoy with the City of Williamsburg and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. This year we are embracing a new tradition for new students and families in the historic area, complete with a fife and drum prosessional back to the College. If you are planning to remain in Williamsburg on the night of August 23rd, we hope you will join us for this event.
One additional comment about the Orientation weekend — Friday, August 23 will be the beginning of a week of very intentional activity designed to assure your students a smooth transition to college, both academically and personally.
One transition you and your student will need to consider involves your parting from one another. From experience, we know it is helpful for you to think in advance about how and when you will say goodbye. If families have not done so earlier on Friday, most will take a moment for goodbyes just after the New Student and Family Welcome Dinner. From that point on, we really do need the full attention of all our new students. Even if you are planning to stay over in Williamsburg for a few days, we would ask that you refrain from inviting your student to participate in events which would result in a missed Orientation activity. Even meal times are important to the adjustment strategies embedded in our Orientation program. I know how hard it is to do what I have just asked, but it is very important.
Finally, we hope you come to visit William & Mary and your student often. A wonderful opportunity for a visit is our annual Family Weekend, which will take place this fall on September 20-22, 2013. Online registration begins August 7. Do plan now to be a part of what has become one of William & Mary’s most anticipated annual events. Information about Family Weekend and other areas of particular interest to families are featured on the College’s website. We trust you will visit the W&M site often and find it to be another useful resource throughout your student's years here.
We eagerly await the arrival of our newest students, and you their families. Please let us know if there is any way we may be helpful to you either before you arrive or any time in the future. And again, welcome to William & Mary!
Virginia Miller Ambler, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs