Charter Day

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The 2019 Charter Day Ceremony took place at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, February 8, at Kaplan Arena, and combined two important moments in the university's history.

While celebrating 326 years since the birth of William & Mary by Royal Charter, Charter Day festivities served as the official inauguration for William & Mary President Katherine A. Rowe. Rowe, who was sworn in as W&M's 28th president on July 2, spoke at the event, along with Robert M. Gates ’65, L.H.D. '98. The ceremony also included the re-investiture of Gates as Chancellor of the university.

Learn more about the weekend festivities:
Inauguration weekend information
Charter Day information
Visitor information

For more information on the:

  • Inauguration, Re-investiture and Charter Day Ceremony
    • Contact University Events at [[w|ueresponse]] or (757) 221-1312
  • Alumni Medallion Ceremony
    • Call (757) 221-7855