[PAST EVENT] Candlelight Ceremony

May 18, 2023
Wren Building, Yard (CW Side) (Weather Location: Sunken Garden Tent)
111 Jamestown Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
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W&M Class of 2023 Commencement Event

Class of 2023 graduates gathers in the Wren Yard for the traditional candle-lighting ceremony. Tradition holds that the seniors select three speakers; one faculty member, one administrator, and one fellow student each of whom has had a close relationship with the class during their years at William & Mary. The atmosphere is fun and nostalgic, culminating in the illumination of the Wren Yard as light from a Wren Candle is passed from classmate to classmate. And, of course, with candles aloft, we sing the Alma Mater.


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