Campus Events

First-Year Orientation

Orientation Week introduces the newest members of our community to those Washington and Lee traditions which are central, both functionally and philosophically, to the past, present, and future of the University. On arrival day, we also offer parents orientation sessions to provide family members with answers to questions they may have prior to departing campus.

Parents and Family Weekend: Oct. 6 - Oct. 8, 2023

Washington and Lee University will host the 69th annual celebration of Parents & Family Weekend October 6 - 8, 2023, honoring the families of W&L students. The weekend will combine informational and recreational activities, giving parents the opportunity to meet with members of the faculty, review campus life, and participate in social events.


Undergraduate commencement takes place each May on our historic front lawn. The event is broadcast live on the web for those family members who are unable to attend in person.