Kath Davey White ’73 recalls much about her college days, including sharing a bathroom with two girls, having an overprotective dorm mother and taking on phone duties for her hall.

But most of all, she treasures the memories of the friendships she made at Mary Washington.

“I’m here with four women I met in 1969,” said White as she celebrated her class’s 50th reunion last week. “To meet someone when you are 17 and still have that friendship more than 50 years later is remarkable.”

Nearly 850 graduates and guests returned to the University of Mary Washington for 2023’s Reunion Weekend, held June 1-4. The highly anticipated celebration featured parties and picnics, faculty lectures, student-led campus tours, arts and cultural events, family activities, class photos, a Fredericksburg Nationals baseball game and trolley tours downtown and to Carl’s for ice cream.

Attendees explored their former residence halls – including Marshall and Russell, slated to come down to make way for the new home of UMW’s Department of Theatre and Dance – as well as classrooms, study spots and favorite haunts. They listened as their fellow grads earned Alumni Awards for their service and got their first glimpse of the newly installed Alumni of Distinction gallery in George Washington Hall. And they reminisced about the meaningful moments that made up their Mary Washington experience. Read more.