GW Flag, 学生 on Stage, Freshman Day of Service



We don't just celebrate every four years —
GW journeys are filled with milestones,

and even our traditions are monumental.





At GW, we know history. Founded in 1821 through an Act of Congress, we have fulfilled George 华盛顿’s vision of an institution in the nation’s capital dedicated to educating and preparing future leaders. Our students have shaped and celebrated the quintessential moments that make the GW experience truly unique. As we celebrate our bicentennial year, our traditions rooted in history gain momentum and will show you why you chose GW, from the first day you’re here until the last. 

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Where You'll Start



GW students during First Night

Celebrate Your First Night

在移动, we welcome all new and returning students to celebrate arriving to campus and starting the new academic year at First Night. There are many activities, food and even a movie on University Yard. +, there's no better way to start your time at GW than by meeting thousands of your fellow Colonials.


学生 painting during Freshman Day of Service

Civic Leaders from Day One

Our students embody the spirit of service. We officially welcome you to GW Convocation and Day of Service, a day where you'll give back across 华盛顿, D.C., with your entire class. Whether you're planting gardens or repainting schools, your service counts at GW.



Re现在 the Best of George 华盛顿


Fall 传统 

Two women sitting in front of many pumpkins


The 弗恩收获 is a fun fall event held annually on the Mount Vernon Campus Quad during Colonials Weekend. The 弗恩收获 is a great opportunity to relax with family and friends. Featuring pumpkin carving, arts and crafts, 院子里游戏, friendly contests, 音乐, 和更多的, this event is one for the whole family to celebrate with the Mount Vernon community.

Soldier Saluting an American Flag

Veteran's Day Wreath Laying

Leaders from GW Veterans and GW's administration highlight GW's dedication to past, 现在, and future Veterans.

student playing an driving arcade game

Midnight Breakfast

Midnight Breakfast is an annual tradition that invites students to take a break from studying for final exams and enjoy some food and fun! 教师 and staff volunteer and connect with students throughout the event by serving food or hosting an activity. 


The End is Just Your Beginning 

学生 taking selfie with Senator Cory Booker during 毕业典礼

ag真人网址生 Like No One Else

As the only university lucky enough to hold our 毕业典礼 on the National Mall, our graduates celebrate like no one else can. You’ll take your first steps as a GW alum, listen to a world-class speaker and throw your cap in the air with the nation’s most recognizable landmarks and monuments as the backdrop.


Three students smiling during Graduation Week

Celebrating ag真人网址生s

Apart from donning your cap and gown for school celebrations and University 毕业典礼, you can clink a glass with your classmates at the Senior Class Toast, attend 毕业典礼 Fairs 和更多的 to end your GW career on the highest note.


Male and female alum posing with mascot George during 校友 Weekend event

Come Back to Campus

Each fall we welcome back thousands of GW alumni to campus during Colonials Weekend to reconnect, choose from more than 60 events and add to our Colonial spirit. Depending on the year they graduated, some alumni can participate in special reunion events.


Marine One helicoptor over 毕业典礼 on the Mall

Rachael Mendez

Major: Criminal Justice, Law and Society

No better way to end an amazing four years than with POTUS flying over our celebration #gwcommencement #onlyatgw”

- @rachaelannmendez




"Everyone loves a good photo booth #gwcw17 #5yearreunion #photobooth" - @cerurode


"Thank you @GWTweets for helping clean the park today!" - @AnacostiaNPS


who says college isn’t fun! ——@alxesi


"you already know me s•a•g•e #springfling2017" - @rebecca_wallace


Welcome, President LeBlanc!


Welcome, President LeBlanc!


Welcome, President LeBlanc!


Welcome, President LeBlanc!