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In pandemic, W&M celebrates its birthday and the power of connections

As has become custom with birthdays in the pandemic, William & Mary celebrated its 328th on Thursday with a virtual version of its annual Charter Day ceremony. The tradition marks the day on which the university received its royal charter in 1693.

Katherine Barko-Alva
Katherine Barko-Alva to receive Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award

Katherine Barko-Alva, William & Mary assistant professor and director of English as a second language/bilingual education at the School of Education, will be recognized with the 2021 Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award during a virtual Charter Day celebration Feb. 11.

Portrait photograph of H. Elizabeth "Bee" McLeod
Meet the 2021 Alumni Medallion recipients

The Alumni Medallion is the highest award the Alumni Association can bestow on a graduate of William & Mary.

Jamelah Jacob
Jamelah Jacob '21 receives Monroe Prize

Jamelah Jacob '21 has been awarded the 2021 James Monroe Prize in Civic Leadership, which goes to “a student who has demonstrated sustained leadership of an unusual quality, leadership combined with initiative, character and an unfailing commitment to leveraging the assets of the William & Mary community to address the needs of our society.”

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Olivia Ding ’21 awarded Thomas Jefferson Prize in Natural Philosophy

Olivia Ding is the 2021 recipient of William & Mary’s Thomas Jefferson Prize in Natural Philosophy. The honor is endowed by the trustees of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation to recognize excellence in the sciences and mathematics in an undergraduate student.

A close up of the Yule log with a dove-shaped card that reads "happy holidays"
Yule Log, Charter Day, winter graduate recognition to be held virtually

Three annual traditions will be conducted in a new format as William & Mary adapts to public health guidelines to safeguard against COVID-19. Yule Log, Charter Day and winter graduate recognition will all be held virtually, the university announced this week.