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.

2011, September 6

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates '65 was named the 24th Chancellor of the university. Gates succeeded retired U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in the post when she completed her term in February 2012.

Robert Gates2012, February 6

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates '65 was invested as the university'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.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
2012, October 10

Sponsored by student groups, 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.

2012, November 8

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

2013, January 25

The Hunter Smith Family Foundation established 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 celebrated 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 is to be split between scholarships for student athletes and renovations to the stadium that carries his name.

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 the William & Mary Commencement Exercises.

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 announced 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. 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.

2014, May 11
Leroy Petry

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.

2014, May

For the first time in school history, the William & Mary baseball team captured the Colonial Athletic Association regular season title.

W&M Logo

2014, November

New visual identity guidelines meant to bring consistency to the use of logos and graphics across the university were unveiled. The guidelines included a new logo to be the primary identifying mark of the university.

James B. Murray, J.D. '74, LL.D. '00
2015, February 6

As William & Mary celebrated its 322-year history, venture capitalist and former Rector James B. Murray Jr., J.D. '74, LL.D. '00 spoke at the university's Charter Day ceremony.

2015, February

William & Mary's Raymond A. Mason School of Business launched the university’s first all-digital degree program.

2015, March

The William & Mary men's swimming team won the 2015 Colonial Athletic Association Men's Swimming and Diving Championships for the team's first-ever conference title.

2015, April 21
Statue of James Monroe

A statue of James Monroe, fifth president of the United States and W&M alumnus, was installed on campus in front of Tucker Hall.

Condoleezaa Rice
2015, May 16

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivered William & Mary’s 2015 Commencement address. 

2015, October 22

William & Mary publicly launched For the Bold: The Campaign for William & Mary. This $1-billion initiative was the most ambitious fundraising effort in the university’s history. W&M was also the smallest public university in the nation to embark on a campaign of this magnitude.

Ellen Stofan '83
2016, February 5

NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan ’83 served as the keynote speaker at William & Mary’s 2016 Charter Day ceremony, an event that celebrated the university’s 323rd “birthday.”

2016, April

Recent excavations at James Monroe's Highland — the historic, Charlottesville home of the nation’s fifth president and alumnus of William & Mary — showed that the newly discovered foundation was the Monroe (1799) house. The property is part of William & Mary and is the only U.S. president’s home currently owned by a university.

Mill Ellis '88
2016, May 14

Jill Ellis ’88, head coach of the World Cup-winning U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, addressed the W&M community at the 2016 Commencement ceremony at William & Mary Hall. 

2016, June 17

Thomas A. Graves Jr., who served as the university’s 23rd president, died. 

2016, July

William & Mary raised $143.1 million in fiscal year 2016, setting a new fundraising record for the university. Over 28 percent of alumni gave back, making it the number one nationally ranked public university in the U.S. for undergraduate alumni participation.

Integrated Science Center, Phase 3
2016, August

The third phase of William & Mary’s Integrated Science Center opened, bringing together applied science, biology, chemistry, high performance computing and psychology. William & Mary students taking classes in economics, government, international relations and public policy also began the semester in the recently renovated John Tyler Hall.

Lemon Hall and Hardy Hall Dedication2016, October

The first two buildings named for people of color at the university — Lemon and Hardy Halls — were dedicated during a ceremony over Homecoming weekend.

2017, February 10

Michael "Pinball" Clemons '89, former All-American and a member of the Canadian Football League Hall of Fame, delivered the 2017 Charter Day address at Kaplan Arena.

2017, February 8

A new addition to the W&M Law School campus, the James A. and Robin L. Hixon Center for Experiential Learning and Leadership, was dedicated.

Samantha K. Huge, Athletics Director
2017, March 14

Samantha K. Huge was appointed as the new director of athletics effective May 1, 2017. She became the first woman to hold the position at William & Mary since the job was combined in the 1980s to cover both men’s and women’s sports.

2017, April

William & Mary's 27th president announced his plans for retirement on June 30, 2018, after a decade leading the university.

Walter Isaacson, 2017 Commencement speaker2017, May 13

Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, best-selling author and former chairman and CEO of CNN, served as the keynote speaker at William & Mary’s 2017 Commencement ceremony.

First African-American students in residence.2017, August

The 2017-2018 school year marks the 50th anniversary of the first African-American residential students admitted to William & Mary. The university honors them and William & Mary’s entire African-American community through “Building on the Legacy,” a series of special events, guest speakers and performances.

Judge John Charles Thomas
2017, August 30

The Honorable John Charles Thomas, a longtime member of the Board of Visitors, delivered a rousing speech as part of the university’s Opening Convocation ceremony.

2018, February 9

Celebrating the university’s 325-year history, Virginia’s new governor, Ralph Northam, said in his 2018 Charter Day address that the story of the commonwealth cannot be told without William & Mary.W&M's 28th president, Katherine A. Rowe

2018, February 20

William & Mary’s Board of Visitors unanimously elected Katherine A. Rowe as the 28th president of the university, effective July 1, 2018.

2018, April

Two plaques, one honoring African-Americans and the other recognizing women, were unveiled and dedicated at the Wren Building. 

Mark Warner
2018, May 12

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner LL.D. ‘02 (D-Va.) addressed W&M's Class of 2018 at the university's Commencement ceremony which was held in Zable Stadium for the first time in 25 years.

2018, August 28

The McLeod Tyler Wellness Center was dedicated, bringing William & Mary’s Office of Health Promotion, Counseling Center, Health Center, Campus Recreation’s wellness programing, and the new Center for Mindfulness and Authentic Excellence together under one roof.

2018, August 29

U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy ’00 (D-Fla.), the first Vietnamese-American woman elected to Congress, delivered the keynote address at Opening Convocation. Katherine A. Rowe, W&M’s first woman president, also welcomed first-year students to campus while being welcomed herself by the university community.100 Years of Women

2018, August

At Opening Convocation the university kicked off a yearlong celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the arrival of 24 young women as students at William & Mary. Throughout 2018-2019 the university scheduled a series of special events, including the first-ever W&M Women’s Weekend for alumnae.

2019, February 8

Katherine A. Rowe was inaugurated as W&M’s 28th president – and first woman president – during the university’s annual Charter Day ceremony. Chancellor Robert M. Gates ’65, L.H.D. ’98 was also reinvested as Chancellor for a second term.

2019, May 11

Glenn Close '74, D.A. '89 speaking at W&M's 2019 Commencement ceremonyGlenn Close ’74, D.A. ’89 served as W&M's 2019 Commencement speaker and received an honorary fellowship — only the third person in the university’s history to receive that honor. The event also served as the culmination of W&M's yearlong commemoration of 100 years of coeducation. Throughout the weekend, 1,438 undergraduate degrees and 764 graduate degrees were conferred.