Graduates from the College of William and Mary have gone on to make their marks in the nation and world.
Robert Gates became secretary of defense. Jon Stewart became an influential comedian and TV show host. Perry Ellis created an internationally known line of clothing. Then there are the presidents: James Monroe, Thomas Jefferson, John Tyler and George Washington.
They and countless others spent time studying and learning in Williamsburg before heading out into world.
Nearly 2,000 students from the college will graduate Saturday, following in the footsteps of thousands before them. Their paths to the future are as diverse as they are.