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Test School Spirit in the garden

By Ashley K. Speed June 2, 2016
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William & Mary garden tour.

Photo by Ashley K. Speed.

 

Giving back to William & Mary is a big deal to the Class of 1966. It’s such a high priority that the class not only surpassed their giving goal, they set a new record by raising $27.8 million — the largest 50th Reunion gift to ever be given at William & Mary.

The record-breaking total was announced during a luncheon in April at the Sadler Center. The class not only set a new giving record, they also boosted alumni participation numbers among their classmates.

“The For the Bold campaign is aimed at reaching 40 percent of alumni participation,” said President Emeritus Timothy Sullivan ’66, a Reunion Committee co-chair. “Well, the Class of 1966 has blazed the trail by having 48 percent alumni participation.”

The class exceeded their commemorative gift goal of $27 million. The Class of 1965, which raised $20.6 million for their 50th Reunion gift, held the previous record.

“Fiftieth reunions are joyous occasions,” President Taylor Reveley said. “They are proof that the college lives and breathes across the decades. Reunions remind us that people are at the heart of the college.”

During the luncheon, attendees watched a slideshow of about 100 black and white photos of life on campus during the class’s era. One photo showed a room packed with W&M students huddled around a TV inside Campus Center watching news coverage of President John F. Kennedy’s 1963 assassination. Other photos were of happier times; a homecoming parade, football games, pep rallies, commencement and couples dancing in the Sunken Garden.

Giving back to William & Mary is a big deal to the Class of 1966. It’s such a high priority that the class not only surpassed their giving goal, they set a new record by raising $27.8 million — the largest 50th Reunion gift to ever be given at William & Mary.

The record-breaking total was announced during a luncheon in April at the Sadler Center. The class not only set a new giving record, they also boosted alumni participation numbers among their classmates.

“The For the Bold campaign is aimed at reaching 40 percent of alumni participation,” said President Emeritus Timothy Sullivan ’66, a Reunion Committee co-chair. “Well, the Class of 1966 has blazed the trail by having 48 percent alumni participation.”

The class exceeded their commemorative gift goal of $27 million. The Class of 1965, which raised $20.6 million for their 50th Reunion gift, held the previous record.

“Fiftieth reunions are joyous occasions,” President Taylor Reveley said. “They are proof that the college lives and breathes across the decades. Reunions remind us that people are at the heart of the college.”

 

During the luncheon, attendees watched a slideshow of about 100 black and white photos of life on campus during the class’s era. One photo showed a room packed with W&M students huddled around a TV inside Campus Center watching news coverage of President John F. Kennedy’s 1963 assassination. Other photos were of happier times; a homecoming parade, football games, pep rallies, commencement and couples dancing in the Sunken Garden.