Black Alumni Reunion 2019

March 8 - 9, 2019 

The reunion committee cordially invites all black alumni to the Washington and Lee Black Alumni Reunion 2019! 


The $95 per person fee includes all programs, food, beverages and Saturday evening transportation. Hotel charges are NOT included.
See who's coming 
(please note it can take 24 hours to show up on this list after you register)


We have a block of hotel rooms on hold at the Holiday Inn Express. To reserve a room you must contact them directly by Feb. 15 at 540.463.7351 and give them the code: BAR

Frequently Asked Questions

Tentative Schedule

Friday, March 8

Time Event Location
9 am - 4 pm W&L University Collections of Art and History exhibit
"Breaking the Chains: Ceramics and the Abolition Movement"
Watson Pavilion
3 - 5:45 pm Registration Hotchkiss Alumni House
4 pm Career Conversations with Alumni
William Thornton '88, Global Financial Services Sales Leader, NCR Corporation
Femi Kusimo '08, VP, Goldman Sachs
Grace Andrews '08, Solutions Engineer, New Relic, Inc.
Marquita Robinson '10, Writer/Co-Producer of GLOW, Netflix
Kynai Johnson '06, Clinical Supervisor, Safe Housing, Latin American Youth Center
Dominique Lamb '08, Founder & Executive Director, We Teach Love

Susan Swayze ‘90, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Educational Research, The George Washington University
Cynthia Cheatham '07, Senior Manager, Education, Biotechnology Innovation Organization
Lorri Olan, Associate Director of Career Development, W&L Career and Professional Development
Science Center 214
5:30 pm Keynote Remarks
Dr. Lena Hill, Dean of the College
Black Community at W&L: More than a Matter of Time
Science Center 214
6 - 7:30 pm Welcome Reception: Cocktails and Heavy Hors d'oeuvres
Host: President Will Dudley
Lee House
Dinner on your own
8:30 - 11:30 pm Hospitality Suite
Beer, wine, soda and snacks provided
Holiday Inn Express

Saturday, March 9

Time Event Location
7 - 8:30 am Breakfast Holiday Inn Express
9 am - 4 pm W&L University Collections of Art and History exhibit:
"Breaking the Chains: Ceramics and the Abolition Movement"
Watson Pavilion
9 - 9:45 am Remarks and Q&A
President Will Dudley
Stackhouse Theater
9:45 - 10:10 am Admissions and Diversity
Sally Stone Richmond, VP and Dean of Admissions
Leonard Satterwhite, Senior Associate Dean of Admissions
Stackhouse Theater
10:15 - 10:40 am Student Inclusion and Engagement Initiatives
Tamara Futrell, Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement
Stackhouse Theater
10:40 - 10:55 am BREAK AND GROUP PHOTO
10:55 - 11:15 am Black Greek Life
Dean Futrell
Student & Alumni Panelists TBD
Stackhouse Theater
11:15 am - 12:15 pm Student Life Panel
Elizabeth Mugo '19, Executive Committee President
Student Panelists TBD
Stackhouse Theater
12:30 - 2 pm Lunch with residents of Sankofa House 11 N. Jefferson St.
1:30 - 2 pm Chavis Hall Renaming Ceremony (optional) Chavis Hall (formerly Robinson Hall)
2:15 - 3 pm "Giving Voice to Hidden Generals"
Oral History of African Americans at W&L
Makayla Lorick '19
Michael Hill, Professor of Africana Studies
Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library
3 - 3:45 pm Alumni Only Conversations
Local gatherings
Newsletter ideas
Northen Auditorium
3:45 pm Free time 
6:15 pm Shuttles to campus Holiday Inn Express
6:30 - 8:30 pm Cocktail Reception and Dinner
Hotchkiss Alumni House
8 pm - 12 am Black Ball
(semi-formal, black tie optional)
Beer, wine and dessert provided
Evans Dining Hall
9 pm - 12:30 am Shuttle loops to Holiday Inn Express Curb at Evans
10 pm - 12 am Hospitality Suite
Beer, wine, soda and snacks provided
Holiday Inn Express

Sunday, March 10

Time Event Location
11 a.m.

Optional service at First Baptist Church
Rev. McKinley A. Williams, Pastor
*Note that daylight savings time begins at 2 am! Be sure to set your clocks one hour ahead.

First Baptist Church
103 N. Main Street

The Reunion Committee looks forward to seeing you!
Grace Andrews '09; Cynthia Cheatham '07; Amber Cooper '12; Susanna Craib-Cox '96; Gary Davis '02; Beau Dudley '74, '79L; Robert Ford '75; Tamara Futrell; Kynai Johnson '06; Meredith King Ledford '03; John X. Miller '77, '80L; Karen Pope '92; Tammi Simpson '91; William Thornton '88

Call W&L Alumni Affairs with any questions at 540.458.8464