Senior Family Gift

Graduation is a tremendous achievement — a time for you and your student to be very proud. Giving back is a long-standing William & Mary tradition, and a great way to commemorate their W&M experience is to make a Senior Family Gift.

Best of all, a Senior Family Gift not only celebrates your student's achievements and lifelong connections, it helps generations of future W&M students experience their own life-changing education.

Please take a moment now to honor your graduate by making a gift to the Parents Fund or any other area of the university that is significant to you and your student. Whether you give $20.23 or $2,023 or beyond, your gift will have significant impact on the lives of our students.

You may also choose to make a more enduring contribution. With your gift commitment of:

  • $2,500 or more, your family can name an expendable fund to support a program that reflects your student's experience. You may wish to support an academic discipline, athletic team or student life initiative such as the Office of Career Development & Professional Engagement, TutorZone, Counseling Center and more.
  • $10,000 or more, your family can name an expendable scholarship. Unrestricted, need-based scholarships are the university's highest priority, but you may also wish to direct your gift to support undergraduate merit, global scholarships or annual faculty support. Donors who give $2,000 or more to the Scholarships Impact Fund are invited to meet some of William & Mary's remarkable scholarship recipients during Homecoming & Reunion Weekend.
  • $100,000 or more, your family can name an endowment fund in honor or memory of a family member, a beloved professor or other individual or group. The fund may be created for a variety of educational and student life purposes at William & Mary. Such a gift would provide funding for all time coming.

During their time in college, our young adults have been through experiences like none other: leaving home during a global pandemic, learning about their own strengths and weaknesses in a very brief few years and now preparing to embark on new adventures. Coming from Texas, we had to trust that William & Mary would give our son, Michael, the tools he needed to fulfill his potential. Given the long history of the university and its outstanding reputation, we took great comfort in knowing that he would be in good hands. Now in their senior year, our students have been educated at a university that has experienced the entire history of our country’s existence, and these young adults are the better for it. As proud parents and supporters of the Parents Fund, we are confident that what we give to William & Mary today will have an enduring impact on tomorrow’s students and leaders. We hope our example of giving will inspire our own son to always support education throughout his life. Investing in education is giving hope to the future for all of us. We hope you will consider giving a special gift in honor of your student for their senior year. Go Tribe!

Carola Rayburn P ’24 and Doug Rayburn P ‘24

Class of 2024 Representatives, Parent & Family Council

Don't miss this chance to leave a legacy and make a lasting impact!

Your student's friends, memories and academic success will be with them for a lifetime and, with your gift, you can make sure that their legacy at W&M will lead the way for other students who follow in their footsteps.

Please make your Senior Family Gift today! Thank you for your support.


Looking for other ways to honor your graduate?


For more information, please contact the W&M Parent & Family Giving staff.

  •  Anna Sease, Senior Director of Development for Parent & Family Giving
  •  757-221-1647