Campus Culture

There is a synergy at William & Mary where each facet of the university comes together to make a better than fabulous whole. Walk across campus and you'll see a love of tradition, a love of learning and a never-ending exchange of ideas and passions. Our students give thousands of hours to community service and study abroad at a rate higher than any other public university. Sustainability is more moral imperative than trendy noun, and we don’t just pay lip service to diversity, we aggressively pursue it — in our students, our faculty and in our ideas.

  • current students welcome incoming students at Convocation

    The beginning of each academic year is marked by {{,Opening Convocation}}. Incoming students are greeted by current William & Mary students as the new arrivals walk through the Wren Building toward the Sunken Garden — the opposite path they will travel when they graduate.

  • Meet W&M's {{, Global Research Institute}}. They're a collaboration power house, bringing together students and faculty to tackle pressing global issues. This is a community of problem solvers, and it all started with two William & Mary students who challenged the status quo, and a group of faculty who helped them change it.

  • Pamela Z

    Artist Pamela Z gave a talk and solo performance as part of the “Race, Memory, and the Digital Humanities” symposium. The symposium was part of William & Mary's year-long commemoration of the {{,50th anniversary of African Americans in residence}} at the university.

  • students and professor make ice cream in chemistry department

    On hot summer Wednesdays, students conducting chemistry research on campus whip up batches of ice cream to serve to other {{,campus summer inhabitants}}. Check the university calendar and you'll find an abundance of {{,academic and research events}} like these to explore.

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    Leaders with the Safe Zone Ally Program hosted an event to celebrate marriage equality in Virginia where they handed out cake and took photos. Building on a core value of {{,diversity}}, equity and inclusion are integral parts of all that we do.

  • Study Abroad in Oman

    Approximately 58% of students {{,study abroad}} before graduation, in more than 50 countries each year. In a recent course nicknamed {{,Rock Music Oman}}, W&M students traveled with their professors to Oman for an interdisciplinary trip combining music and geology.

  • The Campus Kitchen at W&M prepares food for delivery to those in need in the Williamsburg community, serving about 10,000 meals per year. In {{,community engagement at W&M}}, students and community partners develop mutually-beneficial, community-driven projects, the value of which is immeasurable, both for the communities they serve and the students themselves.

  • Deborah Steinberg give Tack Faculty Lecture

    Professor Debbie Steinberg, named as one of the Commonwealth’s outstanding faculty members, has been known to eat jellyfish during her tours of Chesapeake Bay. Professor Steinberg presented an entry in the {{,Tack Faculty Lecture Series}}, a newer W&M tradition that showcases some of our most engaging professors and gives everyone the opportunity to take part in the W&M experience.

  • W&M is know for its rich history and stellar academics. But we're also pretty intense when it comes to our Tribe pride. At the {{,William & Mary Athletics}} annual Gold Rush game, students come out in full force (and gold attire) to cheer on the men's basketball team as they near tournament season.

  • Tribe Truck

    The Tribe Truck Farm is a mobile garden in the bed of a pickup truck that runs on recycled vegetable oil. Started by students, the truck is used as a tool for educational outreach and to increase dialogue about {{, sustainability}} in the William & Mary and Williamsburg communities.

  • W&M Community at Yule Log ceremony

    To kick off the holiday season, W&M lights a yule log and pays tribute to all the major religions represented on campus. After live music and ceremonial readings students pile into the Great Hall to toss ceremonial sprigs of holly into the yule log fire for good luck.

  • squirrel

    According to W&M lore, there are more squirrels per capita in Williamsburg than any other city in the USA. But don't believe us. Ask the {{,W&M Squirrel}} or his frenemy {{,Lord Bot}}.

  • The Candlelight Ceremony is one of the many traditions of {{,Commencement Weekend}}. The atmosphere is fun and nostalgic, culminating in the illumination of the Wren Yard as light from a Wren Candle is passed from classmate to classmate.