Parents and Family Weekend: Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2022

Thank you to all the parents and family members who joined us on campus for the 68th annual Parents and Family Weekend. We hope you enjoyed your time here and we look forward to you joining us next year.

Parents and Family Weekend 2023 is scheduled for October 6 -8, 2023. Dates beyond 2023 have not yet been finalized, but will be posted to the website as soon as they are set.

Attire for the weekend is informal.

Parking on Campus

Visiting family members are encouraged to park in the parking garage. It is a short walk up the hill to the John W. Elrod University Commons.

Bridge Repair to Affect Traffic Near Campus

Families visiting W&L for the 2022 Parents and Family Weekend or for other occasions in the months ahead should be aware of a bridge repair project that will affect vehicle and pedestrian traffic near campus. The City of Lexington will begin repair work on the W. Nelson St./US 60W bridge over Woods Creek on Sept. 26. The work, which is expected to take approximately six months to complete, will require the vehicular bridge to be reduced to one lane, with a temporary stop light to manage traffic. Please be aware of the possibility of increased traffic on Denny Circle, and potential traffic backups on W. Nelson St./US 60W, near Gaines Hall and Wilson Hall/Lenfest Center, and between the bridge and West Denny Circle, near the entrance to the Liberty Hall Ruins and W&L's athletic fields. Read more about this project.

On-Campus - Checking In

The Parents and Family Weekend Schedule of Events is subject to change. Please check back often for updates and upon arriving to Lexington, please check in at the registration table in Elrod Commons Living Room to receive your name tag and any special notices.

John W. Elrod University Commons

President John W. Elrod's vision for the Commons was to serve as the "living room" for Washington and Lee University. The Elrod Commons serves as the center of student life and activity. It is the central location for all University constituencies to gather and feel at home.

The Elrod Commons services as a place to enhance the learning experience of the University, promote social development, and foster collaboration and communication among all. It is home to the Marketplace, Stackhouse Theater, WLUR Radio Station, University Store, Commons Living Room, Cafe '77/Emporium, Division of Student Affairs, Office of Career and Professional Development, Office of Inclusion and Engagement, student organizations suite and meeting spaces.

Online On Campus

Most of the campus is wireless, and you may use computer terminals in the Leyburn Library. For instructions on connecting to the wireless network, visit

Available Recreation Activities


  • Lexington Golf and Country Club: (540) 463-3542

Jogging, Running, and Hiking

The University track and local trails provide outstanding facilities.

Duchossois Athletic and Recreation Center

  • Fitness Center: Guests of students are allowed fitness center access on Parents and Family Weekend. Student needs to notify Patti Colliton about their guests who will be coming to use the facility in advance. All guests will be required to sign a waiver, which is available at the fitness center desk.
  • Group Exercise: Guests of students are allowed to attend group exercise classes on Parents and Family Weekend. All guests must sign a waiver, which will be in each group exercise space. Guests must sign up on the Calendly app to reserve a spot in the group exercise class.