GW Flag, Students 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 Washington’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 our bicentennial quickly approaches, 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. 



Where You'll Start



CA88ca88 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.


CA88ca88 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 Commencement on the Mall

Rachael Mendez

Class of 2016
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


CA88ca88"you already know me s•a•g•e #springfling2017" - @rebecca_wallace


Welcome, President LeBlanc!


Welcome, President LeBlanc!


Welcome, President LeBlanc!


Welcome, President LeBlanc!