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Abstract

In order to better understand the development of a commitment to service, this paper explores the lives of alumni of the College of William and Mary as case studies. It is valuable to students and academic institutions alike to track a student‟s service commitment to see if his or her college experience was able to deepen that commitment. William and Mary is an exemplar in service-learning, which is why its alumni were interviewed and used as case studies. The College of William and Mary has an Office of Civic Engagement (OCE) that has connected students with community partners since 2009 to advance students‟ service-learning achievements. Individual alumnus‟s responses to questions regarding their participation in service and service-learning before, after, and during college provide insight into William and Mary‟s ability to build and inspire a lifelong dedication to community service.

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