A must read before attending Dalai Lama event

To watch the live web stream of the event, please go to www.wm.edu/dalailamavisit.

Have a ticket to see His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama this Wednesday at William & Mary Hall? If so, you’ll want to review the information below before the event. 

Approximately 8,200 people – including roughly 5,000 students, faculty and staff – are expected to attend the event, which is scheduled to begin promptly at 2 p.m. This amount of people coming through campus in the middle of the week – in the middle of the day – is unprecedented. So please plan to arrive early, be patient with security checks and traffic and, most importantly, enjoy the event!

Opening and Seating

Arrive early and give yourself ample time for parking and security checks. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. Attendees must be in their seat by 1:45 p.m. Doors will close at 1:55 p.m. There will be no admittance to William & Mary Hall after 1:55 p.m.

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Please remember that parking near William & Mary Hall will be very limited. Members of the campus community are encouraged to walk to the venue, if possible, which will help alleviate traffic congestion near William & Mary Hall.

Public parking will also be available at two off site lots – the High Street parking garage and the Dillard Complex. Shuttles at both those locations will transport ticket holders to and from William & Mary Hall beginning at 11 a.m. on October 10. Attendants will be available at these lots to provide assistance.

The School of Education will also be available as an alternative parking lot; however, no shuttles will be provided and attendees should allow time (15 minutes) to walk from the School of Education lot to William & Mary Hall via the pathway through the College Woods.

Handicapped parking for those with a state-issued credential will be available adjacent to William & Mary Hall on Brooks Street.

Please call Parking Services at (757) 221-4764 with any questions prior to the day of the event. View more information about parking and directions (pdf). (Note: The areas shaded in green on the linked map are available for public parking.)

Security and Prohibited Items

For security purposes, there will be no re-entry into William & Mary Hall should an attendee need to leave. There are a number of items not permitted in William & Mary Hall for security reasons. For example, no backpacks or recording devices or food and drink will be permitted. View the complete list of prohibited items.


The concession stands in William & Mary Hall will be open to provide food and drink to attendees before the event. A selection of premade sandwiches, candy bars, chips, whole fruit and fountain beverages will be available for purchase. The concessions will open at 11:30 a.m. and will close at 1:45 p.m. Cash only will be accepted for concessions.

Ticket Sales

All William & Mary tickets are non-transferable. The sale or attempt to sell tickets by anyone other than the William & Mary Ticket Office is prohibited.

If you have one of the complimentary tickets made available free of charge to students, faculty and staff – please remember that there will be no admission to the event without both the complimentary ticket and a W&M photo ID. You must bring your William & Mary ID with you.

Live webcast

If you don’t have a ticket, you can still witness the event. A live webcast will be streamed at the event website at www.wm.edu/dalailamavisit.

The event is being sponsored by the William & Mary Student Assembly, Alma Mater Productions (AMP) - the student programming committee - and the International Relations Club. Additional support is made possible through the Janet and Peter Atwater Lecture Endowment.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama does not charge a speaking engagement fee, and no aspect of His Holiness' visit is being used to profit financially.