Williamsburg, Feb. 3 -- The second oldest college in the United States will mark its 262d anniversary Tuesday with an address by Judge Bolitha J. Laws, chief judge of the United States District Court of the District of Columbia.

The College of William and Mary, granted its charter by King William and Queen Mary of England Feb. 8, 1693, will celebrate its annual convocation at 11 A.M.

The exercises will inaugurate William and Mary's John Marshall bicentennial program. A series of events is planned by the college during the next few months to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of John Marshall, one of William and Mary's most famous alumni.

Today's convocation in the gymnasium will be opened with an invocation by the Rev. Thomas E. Pugh. Excerpts from the college charter will be read by Dr. James W. Miller, chancellor professor of philosophy, and Dr. Dudley W. Woodbridge, dean of William and Mary's Marshall-Wythe School of Law, will read the historic proclamation of 1700.

Original Professorships

Four other department chiefs, who, with Dr. Miller and Dr. Woodbridge, represent the six original William and Mary professorships, will be seated on the speaker's platform.

The are Dr. Anthony Wagener, professor of ancient languages, Dr. Harold Romaine, professor of mathematics, Dr. William George Guy, professor of chemistry, and Dr. James Worth Banner, professor of modern languages.


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