In my four years at W&M, I have never seen students care so much about Charter Day. It used to be a ceremony that took place on Saturday morning, with a speech from a famous Virginia politician – that was about it. I am a bit of a loser and I found this to be an enjoyable experience every year. However, most of the community did not embrace it.
This year, thanks to the hard work of students, alumni and administrators, a tradition has been completely revamped and now fosters a sense of community and Tribe pride. Whether it was seeing Eric Cantor speak, cheering at the Roots concert, or watching my freshman roommate win a prestigious award, it was a remarkable experience that I will never forget. And as a soon-to-be alumnus, I can’t wait to come back for this wonderful weekend.