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:

Winter Board Meeting:

10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 | Sands Anderson, 1111 E. Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219

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



2017 Winter Board Meeting – Saturday, Jan. 14 at 10:30 a.m.

We encourage interested members of the William and Mary community to attend Society for the College board meetings. Society board meetings are a great way to get to know our board members and to discuss upcoming Society events and projects. We also discuss the latest news on William and Mary as it relates to our [... Read More]

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]

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