Memorial and Funeral Services Policy

Recognizing the special attachment the Washington and Lee University community holds for the University Chapel, the Chapel's auditorium may be reserved for services honoring those deceased within the past year. 

Funeral Services are restricted to current or retired members of the University faculty and staff, as well as the current student body.

Memorial Services are restricted to the immediate University family, listed above, as well as alumni who have been living in the immediate vicinity (Lexington and Rockbridge County).


  • The University Chapel auditorium seats approximately 400 people with additional seating for approximately 125 people in the balcony. The balcony is closed except in the case of an overflow crowd. Musicians and photographers may have access to the balcony during the service.
  • Chapel chimes will not be tolled except in the case of the death of a University president.
  • University policies for the use of the property must be followed.
  • A donation to General Fund is requested for the use of the Chapel. Checks should be payable to Washington and Lee University.