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W&L to Host First-Year Student Mixers There will be 22 different mixers occurring throughout the day on Oct. 24.

Washington and Lee University will host a First-Year Mixer on Saturday, Oct. 24, at Hotchkiss House on campus. There will be 22 different mixers occurring two at a time throughout the day, and the event will go from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

All first-year students able to attend will be personally invited to a one-hour mixer on the house’s porch. Each session will involve 16 first-year students, with approximately four students from four different halls representing both Gaines and Graham-Lees, and two upper-division students acting as facilitators.

First-year students will be assigned a time for their mixer, and upper-level students are volunteering as facilitators and hosts. The hosts will meet the first year students in Washington Street Park 15 minutes before their designated mixer time, walk them to the Hotchkiss House and then facilitate conversations on the porch. Following the university’s physical distancing and outdoor gathering size protocols, Hotchkiss House can host 18 people on each side porch with three students mingling at each of the six available tables.

There will be music playing during the event and swag available as take-aways for participating students. Face coverings should be worn at all times.