Charter Day was first known as Founder's Day. Think "Happy Birthday William & Mary."
So what happened on February 8, 1693? The earth moved, fairies danced in the meadows and armies laid down their weapons.
Actually, it's the day William & Mary's charter was granted by the Crown. James Blair had traveled to Britain to advocate for a college on behalf of his fellow Virginians. After months of networking and seeking support, February 8th is the date under which the charter was issued.
The annual celebration of Charter Day at the College of William & Mary was initiated by President John Stewart Bryan on February 8, 1937.
Reflections on the W&M Charter and a Charge to the Class of 2015 by Drew Stelljes
3-2-1 by Admission Ambassadors
Happy Charter Day! by Admission Ambassadors
Happy Birthday to You by Admission Ambassadors
Charter Day by Tribe Transfers
Because We Care by Elizabeth Miller '11
Charter Day…and Feelings by Ariana Guy
Gigs, Gras, and Midterm Season by Adam Labriny
What 320 Means for W&M by Admission Ambassadors
W&M Hits the Big 320 by Admission Ambassadors
Happy Birthday to you W&M! by Admission Ambassadors
William & Mary’s Birthday Brings New and Old Traditions by Admission Ambassadors
Happy Birthday W&M! by Admission Ambassadors
Invisible Bonds. by Girolama Bui
There is Only One William & Mary by Admit It!
#wmcharterday by Kylee Ponder
It’s Gneiss to be Old by Chuck Bailey
Press Pass by Admission Tour Guides
Blair’s Vision by Brian Focarino
… And Many More by Admit It!
Teaching & Inspiring by Kylee Ponder
Younger Things by Brian Focarino
A Colorful Class by Admit It!
Charter Day: A New and Improved Tradition! by Imad Matini
Catching Up and Hitting the Ground Running by Sally Wade