The Society for the College

William and Mary University


This website is intended to illuminate the rigorous quest for truth on a variety of issues at our beloved College of William & Mary, the Alma Mater of a Nation. The Society for the College, as William & Mary’s only independent organization for alumni and friends of the College, is one formal response to the need for objective commentary, analysis and advocacy.

“Knowledge Starts as Offendedness”

“The whole point of universities is to develop knowledge. That is the one place where it is most important to have critical exchange, where every opinion should be subject to testing all the time. It’s the worst place in the world to have an ethic where you’re worried about being punished for what you believe or for being offensive, because knowledge starts as offendedness.”

FIRE interview with Jonathan Rauch, Brookings Institution senior fellow and author of “Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought”

Upcoming Board Meetings:

Fall Board Meeting:

10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 | Wren Building 204, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va.

*Some dates and times are tentative, contact for more information



Society for the College 2016 W&M Homecoming Drop-in Reception

Join the Society for the College for our 2016 W&M Homecoming Drop-in Reception on Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (EDT) in Wren Building Room 204 (north end of the Wren Building, second floor). *Please note, the Society’s Fall 2016 Board Meeting will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon, but [... Read More]

Society Announces Jewelry Thank You Gift at $250 Donation Level

As a special promotion, the Society for the College Board of Directors approved a special gift for donors at the $250 or higher level, namely a silver version of our “Three Keys” logo as a thank you gift. Please make a donation here, to receive the gift as a lapel pin or a necklace. The [... Read More]

Flat Hat: Alumni group presents three faculty awards

Alumni group presents three faculty awards Written by Sarah Smith| April 18, 2016 11:28 PM The Society for the College, an independent alumni organization for the College of William and Mary, hosted their second annual College Honors Ceremony Wednesday, April 13. At this event, the Society recognized two professors and one former administrator for their [... Read More]

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