Happy Charter Day weekend to my alma mater, William & Mary! The school is 83 years older than the United States, is named for two monarchs who loathed one another, and somehow managed to survive being burnt down three times and being occupied during two different wars (the Revolutionary War and the Civil War). It’s a very special place, even if the uneven bricks are murder on your heels.
I’m missing the ‘Burg today, especially after seeing a video of all of the recent renovations and additions they’ve made to an already beautiful campus. Congratulations to the English majors for no longer having a building that smells like sewage 6 months out of the year.
Today is the day you enter into the real world, and I should give you a few pointers on what it is. It’s actually not that different from the environment here. The biggest difference is you will now be paying for things, and the real world is not surrounded by three-foot brick wall. And the real world is not a restoration. If you see people in the real world making bricks out of straw and water, those people are not colonial re-enactors—they are poor. Help them.
Jon Stewart (‘84) 2004 Commencement Address at the College of William & Mary
Happy 320th birthday to my beautiful alma mater. In 1693, King William and Queen Mary issued the royal charter to officially establish the school, making it the second official college in the colonies. (This is sort of a sore subject, because even though Harvard gets to be “the oldest institution of higher learning” in America, W&M’s antecedents precede it. But W&M was the first college to become a university.) The school has an incredible history—pirate gold, drunk soldiers accidentally burning down buildings (and sometimes not accidentally), secret societies, campus cemeteries, etc. Also, Sno-to-Go.
This year’s William & Mary Homecoming Parade Taylor Tee. This man is a precious gift to planet Earth. Please imagine him using these dulcet tones to read How the Grinch Stole Christmas to a courtyard full of drunk college students—dressed as Santa, of course, and you might understand why he quickly endeared himself to a bunch of 20somethings.
Congratulations to my beautiful alma mater, recently voted #8 in the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses (which totally validates the four years I spent wandering around there, muttering to myself, “Oh my God, this place is SO pretty”)!
The College of William & Mary may be considered an “old” campus but they are leading the way for elite East Coast schools in the global sustainability field. The campus has over 1200 acres full of cozy wooded areas such as the Crim Dell pond. Most buildings on campus consist of Georgian and Anglo-Dutch architecture, and the highlight is the Christopher Wren building, the oldest collegiate building in the United States. The campus also profits from tourists flocking to the historic Williamsburg, Virginia area every year.
… excuse me while I cry over how much I miss my shady paths through the wildlife preserve and all the old brick academic buildings done up in the flemish bond style.