The Columns

Summer Sendoffs for the Class of 2016

— by on August 2nd, 2012

It’s that time of year. The 479 members of Washington and Lee’s Class of 2016 are preparing to head to Lexington at the end of the month.

Before they do, W&L alumni around the country are making their own preparations: to see the incoming first-year students off in style with the annual Summer Sendoff parties. In July, seven alumni chapters staged events for entering students from their areas.

Virginia (Baird) Thomas ’06 tweeted following the Chicago reception last week: “Great W&L event in Chicago! Jealous of the 14 Chicago-area students who are starting their freshman year this fall!”

Starting tonight with parties in Lexington, Ky., and Cincinnati, Ohio, chapters will host almost 35 events during the next three weeks. The schedule is below. For additional details, check the Upcoming Events section of the Alumni Affairs website.

Aug. 2            Bluegrass (Lexington, Ky.)

Aug. 2            Southern Ohio (Cincinnati)

Aug. 5            Arkansas (Little Rock)

Aug. 6            Mid-South (Memphis)

Aug. 7            Atlanta

Aug. 9            Baton Rouge

Aug. 9            Louisville

Aug. 9            Central Mississippi (Jackson)

Aug. 10            Augusta-Rockingham

Aug. 10            St. Louis

Aug. 11            Oregon (Portland)

Aug. 11            Puget Sound

Aug. 11            Fort Worth

Aug. 12            Keystone (Camp Hill, Pa.)

Aug. 12            Los Angeles

Aug. 12            Philadelphia

Aug. 12            Pittsburgh

Aug. 12            Winston-Salem

Aug. 14            Houston

Aug. 14            New Orleans

Aug. 15            Pensacola

Aug. 16            Montgomery

Aug. 16            Palmetto (Columbia, S.C.)

Aug. 18            Mobile

Aug. 19            Austin

Aug. 19            Eastern, N.C. (Raleigh)

Agu. 19            Baltimore

Aug. 19            Charlotte

Aug. 19            Florida West Coast (Tampa)

Aug. 21            Northern Louisiana (Shreveport)

Aug. 21            San Antonio

Aug. 22            Wisconsin (Milwaukee)

Aug. 22            Tidewater (Norfolk)

Aug. 23            Dallas

Aug. 25            SC Piedmont (Greenville)