September 21, 2023

Celebrate the Retirement of John Symonds (a.k.a. Santa Claus), Dec. 13

John Symonds

John Symonds has been playing Santa Claus across the Fredericksburg region and beyond since 1981.

After 19 years at the University of Mary Washington, John Symonds is retiring. Plan to attend a reception for John tomorrow (December 13) at 1 p.m. in the Lee Hall Underground.

In his role as applications database administrator in the Department of Information Technologies, John was a key member of the project team that implemented Banner; over  the years, he has helped countless people achieve their Banner goals and solve their Banner problems. And of course, John will be fondly remembered for playing Santa Claus at many UMW holiday events.

Please join us in thanking John for his years of service and in wishing him well in retirement.


  1. Carolyn Chewning says

    Hey John!!! Congratulations and Merry Christmas!! Best wishes for wonderful retirement years.
    Carolyn 🙂