When Oliver Kemp ’27 checked the University of Mary Washington’s admissions portal at 7 a.m. on Nov. 10, he got the news he had been waiting for.
“By 7:01 a.m., his mother, sister, and I also knew he got into Mary Washington,” said his grandmother, Patti Boise Kemp ’69, who has shared her lifelong love of her alma mater with her grandson over the years. “He was still pinching himself when we were on ‘our campus’ last weekend.”
The Kemps were among the 22 families who attended UMW’s annual Legacy Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 12. Hosted by the Office of Alumni Engagement, guests enjoyed lunch at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center, a student-led tour of campus, and an opportunity to meet and take family photos with President Troy Paino and wife Kelly at Brompton.
Legacy families with prospective students also had the chance to attend an Admissions Open House in the Cedric Rucker University Center and learn about a new Legacy scholarship. Students with a parent, grandparent, or sibling who graduated from or currently attends Mary Washington are eligible to apply for the $1,000 award, which is renewable each year.
“The Legacy Celebration gives the University an opportunity to recognize the family connections that exist between different generations of Mary Washington alumni and current and prospective students,” said Executive Director of Alumni Engagement Mark Thaden ’02.
Joanne Bartholomew Lamm ’85 and Christopher Lamm ’85 met and fell in love with each other – and with Mary Washington – when they were students. They returned to their alma mater this weekend with their children, including Rebecca Lamm ’13 and Stephen Lamm ’19, and enjoyed visiting with old friends and meeting prospective students.
“This place significantly shaped our lives and gave each of us our first taste of freedom and adulthood,” said Joanne, comparing the Legacy Celebration to a family reunion. “Having that common thread makes it so easy to jump right in and have meaningful conversations with other alums across the generations who are all devoted to Mary Washington.”
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– Article written by Assistant Director of Advancement Communications Jill Laiacona