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The leaves are turning, a chill is in the air and William & Mary alumni are returning to town for Homecoming weekend.
Friday marks the start of the annual Homecoming festivities, which represent a chance for former students to reconnect with each other and their alma mater.
The School of Education will host a Leadership Symposium on “19th Century Education in a 21st Century Economy” from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday.
Ted Dintersmith, a member of the class of 1974, will be leading a discussion about preparing K-12 students to succeed in the modern economy, the subject of his new documentary “Most Likely to Succeed.”
Another Leadership Symposium on “Confronting Growing National Security Threats” will take place from 1:45 to 3:30 p.m. Friday at Phi Beta Kappa Hall. Chancellor Robert M. Gates will “share his views about the most pressing threats to global stability and America’s security,” according to a recent news release.
The final Leadership Symposium on “Transformational Innovation” is scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday in Brinkley Commons. This discussion will feature numerous William & Mary innovators and entrepreneurs as they discuss their efforts to improve the quality of millions of lives.
One of the weekend’s highlights is the Homecoming parade, scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Members of the Tribe family can turn out to watch the parade where it starts on North Boundary Street or as it passes down Richmond Road and winds through campus. For those who cannot make it in person, the parade will be webcast live here.
On Friday night the Sunken Garden will be taken over by a “Beer, Bourbon & Bordeaux” festival featuring live music, food trucks and tastings from local breweries, vineyards and distilleries. Tickets are $30 per person or $20 for Young Guarde members.
William & Mary’s Comedy and Improv group will perform a sampling of comedy-related acts from 9 to 11 p.m. Friday in the Kimball Theatre.
The Homecoming festivities will round out with a “Saturday Night Bash” from 9 to 11:30 p.m. in the Sunken Garden. Attraction, a nine-piece party band, will have party-goers dance the night away. Tickets are $25 per person.
Root for the Home Team
The William & Mary football team will take on Hampton University at Zable Stadium with a 3:30 p.m. kickoff Saturday, and an all-alumni and reunion class tailgate will take place ahead of the game starting at noon in the Sunken Garden.
Tickets to the tailgate are $25 for adults and $15 for kids. Call 757-221-3340 to purchase tickets for the game.
For information about department and class-specific events, click here.