In a stirring speech earlier this year, Judge John Charles Thomas said to William & Mary students, “We have great hopes on this first day of the academic year for what you will become, but it’s not just for you. It’s because what we’re trying to do is ignite within you the burning desire to learn and to keep learning, to push for fairness and justice and equity and then to share the light that is within you.”
His inspiring words have stuck in our hearts and minds and continue to inspire the entire W&M community to share the light that is in within each and every one of us.
The phrase "Share the light,” has become our unofficial theme this year and in so many brilliant ways, our light is shining brightly and igniting Tribe Pride all over the world. From Washington, D.C., to California and Atlanta, we are illuminating skylines and galvanizing our William & Mary family to help us reach all three campaign goals — strengthened alumni engagement, 40 percent alumni participation and $1 billion.
As we give thanks and reflect on all that we are grateful for this holiday season, I think of the many students, faculty and alumni who have been impacted by our For the Bold campaign — all because of your support. Without a doubt, our people are better off today than they were before the campaign began.
Here are just a few examples of how the campaign is helping our people thrive. The numbers clearly illustrate the enormous power of private support.
In the meantime, please take a look at some of the great news we shared in a recent edition of the For the Bold campaign e-newsletter:
Thank you for the outpouring of support over the last year. I hope you have a wonderful holiday!
Sue Hanna Gerdelman ’76
Campaign Chair, For the Bold