A griffin, a king and queen, a phoenix, a pug and a wren are the five finalists in the College of William and Mary’s search for a new mascot.
Today’s announcement is the culmination of a search process which began last semester. The College’s mascot search committee, which includes faculty, students and alumni, received over 800 submissions from the public and narrowed down ideas throughout the summer. Rejected concepts include the asparagus, Friesian horses and Bricky the Brick.
The College will retain the nickname of the ‘Tribe’ no matter which concept is selected as the new mascot.
The committee will take comments from the public until 5 p.m. Jan. 7, 2010. High-resolution concepts of each mascot finalist are available on the committee’s blog: www.wm.edu/mascot. College President Taylor Reveley will make the final mascot decision after the period of public comment has ended.
“The process achieved our goal of broad participation from the Tribe family,” Althetics Director and Chair of the Mascot Search Committee Terry Driscoll said in a press release. “The proposed concepts ran the gamut of possible mascots with creativity, thoughtfulness and humor. The committee worked very hard to reach this point and we’re very pleased to unveil these five finalists.”
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