Happy Birthday, William & Mary

The 2017 Charter Day Ceremony will take place on Friday, Feb. 10, at Kaplan Arena. Celebrating 324 years since the birth of William & Mary by Royal Charter, Charter Day festivities will involve students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as the local community.

William & Mary’s Michael Clemons ’89, a football All-American and former player and coach in the Canadian Football League, will speak at the Charter Day ceremony on Friday. He will also receive an honorary degree alongside longtime William & Mary coach, administrator and athletic fundraiser Millie West. Read more about Clemons and West.


A number of students and faculty will receive awards during Friday’s ceremony:

Thomas Jefferson Award: Sharon Zuber

Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award: Kara Thompson

Thomas Jefferson Prize in Natural Philosophy: Ben Zhang ’17

James Monroe Prize in Civic Leadership: Daniel Delmonaco ’17


Other highlights of the weekend will include the AEF Lord Botetourt Auction on Friday and the Alumni Medallion Ceremony on Saturday morning. Read more about the Alumni Medallion recipients in the winter 2017 issue of the W&M Alumni Magazine.