We’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about Mock Con, from daily operations to the Convention itself. If you are unable to find an answer to your question, contact us.
What is Mock Con?
The Washington and Lee University Mock Convention is a simulated presidential nominating convention held every four years by the students of W&L. Its goal is to predict who the party out of power in the White House will nominate to run for President of the United States.
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How does it work?
Mock Convention is made up of five departments: General, Financial, Operations, Communications and Political. Every participant in Mock Con works within one of these five departments. The General department handles internal logistics and general planning, Financial handles the budgeting and allocations, Operations handles event logistics and memorabilia, Communications handles branding and marketing, and Political handles the political research and ultimate prediction.
How did it start?
We got our start in 1908 when presidential candidate Williams Jennings Bryan announced a visit to Lexington, VA, sparking interest on W&L’s campus. The Forum, the campus’ largest political club at the time, hosted a replica of the upcoming Democratic Convention to honor the visit of Bryan and to heighten the excitement of the student body. The accurate prediction of Bryan as the nominee cemented Mock Convention as one of the core features of the Washington and Lee experience.
What does the Convention entail?
Convention Weekend is the biggest event that Mock Convention puts on––it is the culmination of years of hard work. It begins with the Parade through downtown Lexington on February 14, 2020, then the Convention kicks off with political speakers on Friday, more speakers Saturday, and the Roll Call vote Saturday evening.
How can I watch the Convention if I'm not on campus (alumni/abroad)?
Mock Convention 2020 will be live-streamed online, so no one has to miss out on the excitement.
I'm a student and I want to get involved. How do I do that?
Mock Convention encompasses 95% of the student body and is for everyone from Biology to Journalism majors. The biggest way for students to get involved is through the Delegates’ Fair, September 4, 2019. Here, students can sign up for their favorite state delegation and join the team early on. We welcome students of all class years and disciplines!
I am a student worried about paying for Mock Con––what should I do?
Mock Convention is a major aspect of W&L life, and we do not want any student barred from experiencing it to the fullest. If you are worried about being able to participate in Mock Con due to financial constraints, please reach out to Dean Futrell.
Who should I reach out to if I have a question about Mock Con?
We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact us here.