Virtual Parents and Family Weekend

Dear Parents and Families,

Early Fall in Lexington is a special place, and Parents and Family Weekend typically is a highlight. In a normal year, we would all be eagerly looking forward to joyful reunions on the lawn, packing the stands to cheer for the Generals, and catching up over a meal at one of the many great restaurants downtown. But this is not a normal year.

We are just over two weeks into this unprecedented academic term. As peer institutions across the U.S. close their doors and send their students home or confine them to ever-smaller environments, we remain cautiously optimistic that in-person instruction, extracurricular activities, and social outlets on campus remain accessible. Our students, faculty, and staff place their trust in each other and rely on our community's good faith to comply with the stringent expectations that are critical to continuing in-person classes and activities. Wearing face coverings, physical distancing, prohibiting large gatherings, and closing campus to visitors have contributed to a successful return to campus -- so far.

Many parents made plans as much as a year in advance to attend Parents and Family Weekend this fall. We are very disappointed that we cannot host you on campus, in-person, this year. A Virtual Parents and Family Weekend will be held on September 24-26. We invite you to join Zoom programs featuring guest speakers, campus administrators, student and faculty panels, and more. Please register now.

For parents who still might be considering a campus visit -- as difficult as this is to say -- we strongly discourage it. I am sure that you will want to exercise the same diligence as your student and respect the health and safety of the others who work and study on campus.

Visitors to campus, including parents, are not allowed at this time, and large gatherings are strictly prohibited. The following regulations, which have been communicated to students and for which non-compliance will result in sanctions up to and including removal from on-campus classes and on-campus housing, remain in place for the foreseeable future:

  • No indoor gatherings, on or off campus, of more than 10 people
  • No outdoor gatherings, on or off campus, of more than 25 people
  • No visitors other than current W&L students in residences, including residential halls, townhouses, apartments, Greek houses, and off-campus housing
  • Face coverings required at all gatherings, at all times, unless you are outdoors and more than six feet apart
  • Physical distancing of at least six feet is required at all times, in all locations, indoors and out

With your help, the sacrifices we make during this trying time will go a long way toward making this academic year a positive experience for our students, and they will improve our chances of completing the term on campus.

Thank you for entrusting your children's health, safety, and education to Washington and Lee University. And, thank you for the many ways you support the W&L community.

Kind regards,

Tom Jennings, Ph.D.
Vice President for University Advancement