William and Mary celebrates the generosity of donors with "Tag Day"

The Virginia Gazette

Students with scholarships wore yellow and green tags this week on campus at The College of William & Mary.

Buildings, program offices and labs and other sites on the historic Williamsburg campus were also tagged to remind students, faculty and the surrounding community that the items tagged would not be in place without the generosity of university's donors.

University officials said "Tag Day" is a visual way to represent how much various gifts and donations mean to W&M and help create the quality education the more than 300-year-old institution provides.

"Gifts to William and Mary—both large and small—are essential to the strength of our university," university president Taylor Reveley said in a message to campus. "Tag Day is a way for us to remember and celebrate the impact these gifts have on daily life at W and M."

W&M created a website for this year's "Tag Day," with a map displaying areas on campus where you can see donor funds in action. They include the Swem Library, with a new media center built with commitments to the university and the Muscarelle Museum of Art, which recently received new pieces of art from Maya Angelou's personal collection and a $2.5 million commitment from its namesake's family this year.

The map marks some spots, but many students who receive scholarships from William and Mary also participated in "Tag Day," wearing a tag to support the effort.

William and Mary's Office of Advancement said events like Tag Day are all part of showing the spirit for philanthropy at the university, which announced Oct. 22 its largest fundraising campaign to date, "For the Bold: The campaign for William and Mary," to raise $1 billion for the educational institution and its programs.

By mid-October, the university has raised more than $532 million toward its goal, university officials said.

To visit the Tag Day website, visit advancement.wm.edu/tagday/.

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