William & Mary Weekend
New York, NY—May 18-21, 2017

Back by popular demand, William & Mary Weekend will soon be spotlighting the best of the university in the city that never sleeps. On May 18-21, 2017, the entire Tribe community will have the opportunity to connect, discover and celebrate in exclusive settings throughout New York City. Registration is now open, so get ready for extraordinary experiences and memories that will last a lifetime!

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William & Mary Weekend will bring the best of the university to the Big Apple and offer exclusive access to iconic NYC venues. These events are just a small sampling of the exciting programs we have planned over the Weekend.

For a list of ALL events, please visit Schedule of Events.

  • William & Mary Alumni Association Gala & Auction – Make plans to attend the 2017 William & Mary Alumni Association Gala & Auction at the iconic Metropolitan Club of New York. Bid on fabulous experiences, including luxurious vacation packages, collectible wine lots and nostalgic pieces of campus while connecting with alumni, parents and friends of the university. Enjoy sweeping views of Central Park and dine on the finest fare with exceptional company at this elegant affair. This year’s Gala will feature a seated dinner during the live auction and will be one of the biggest highlights of the Weekend!
  • W&M Weekend in NYC Kickoff & Raft Debate – Kickoff W&M Weekend with Joe Plumeri ’66, D.P.S. ’11, vice chairman of First Data Board of Directors and honorary chair of the W&M Weekend in NYC, at a reception at the New York Athletic Club. The evening will continue with our annual Raft Debate. Described as a “delicate balance of comedy and lecture,” this popular event will feature four W&M professors from diverse disciplines — all recipients of the prestigious Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence — stranded on an island with a one-person life raft for escape to civilization. Come decide who should survive for the sake of humanity and achieve academic glory! Plumeri — a New Yorker, business leader, philanthropist and passionate member of the Tribe — will serve as the competition’s esteemed judge and your applause decides the winner! Don’t miss out on this animated debate and your chance to pick the ultimate academic survivor.
  • Private 9/11 Memorial Museum Tour & Discussion with David Kelley ’81, Former Co-Chair of 9/11 DOJ Investigation – Join an intimate discussion with David N. Kelley ’81, partner at Dechert LLP and former co-chair of the U.S. Justice Department’s 9/11 investigation, as he provides behind-the-scenes insights into the prosecution of terrorists and the events that unfolded following one of the most devastating attacks on U.S. soil. Prior to this conversation, guests are invited to join a private tour of the 9/11 Memorial Museum. The event will include a continental breakfast.
  • Ha-Ha-Hark upon the Laughs with W&M Alumna Carmen Lynch – Come laugh with the Tribe at the William & Mary Comedy Show featuring headliner and W&M alumna, Carmen Lynch. W&M alumni comedians will also showcase their talents on stage. Carmen Lynch is an international touring comedian, and has appeared on “Inside Amy Schumer,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “Conan” and “The David Letterman Show.” She recently released her debut album and currently can be seen in the Chloë Sevigny short film aptly titled “Carmen.” The show is brought to you by Laughly comedy streaming app – founded by David Scott ’93.
  • Wonder in the Universe: Big Ideas & Disruptive Innovation featuring Beth Comstock ’82, vice chair, GE, Ellen Stofan ’83, HON ’16, former chief scientist, NASA – Seats will go fast, so sign up now for a dynamic TED-style talk featuring W&M alumnae Beth Comstock ’82, who leads GE’s business innovations efforts, and Ellen Stofan ’83, HON ’16, former chief scientist of NASA, as they discuss the power of big ideas and innovative thinking that have far-reaching impact both in and out of this world. What will be at the intersection of business, science and technology? Comstock and Stofan will open your eyes to what the future could look like and all that is possible with innovation. Come prepared with questions, because after the presentation and discussion, there will be an audience Q&A. In addition, attendees will receive tickets to the museum and will enjoy a light cocktail reception following the program.