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GW's Bicentennial Celebration


The George Washington University’s bicentennial is an incredible, historic milestone. February 9, 2021 is officially the 200th anniversary of when the United States Congress established our university’s charter in 1821.



Our bicentennial also kicks off an eight-month long celebration for those all around the world who love GW. While we may not all be together in person, we are a strong community—perhaps never more so than during these challenging times.  

Together, we will recognize GW’s generations of progress and how GW leaders helped create a top comprehensive, global research university in the heart of our nation’s capital, reflecting on “Only at GW” experiences and sharing the many stories of those who got us here—and the many more of you who are building our future together.

Happy Bicentennial, GW. Here’s to many centuries more. Raise High!






Our Moment, Our Momentum: The GW Centuries Celebration Weekend

We were thrilled to invite the entire GW community to gather together in Washington, D.C. from October 1-3, 2021, for Our Moment, Our Momentum: The GW Centuries Celebration Weekend. This culmination of our bicentennial included in-person events and activities for alumni, students, faculty, staff, and GW families, as well as Commencement for the Classes of 2020 and 2021, opportunities to honor our Monumental Alumni, and a closing Bicentennial Bash.

Celebration Highlights



Our Alumni 


The collective force of GW’s two centuries is embodied by our remarkable alumni—now numbering more than 300,000 living alumni worldwide. Our distinguished alumni include everything from heads of state and other global leaders, to cutting-edge innovators, entrepreneurs and public health and medical healers. These change makers and creators are in virtually every field of endeavor resolved to build a greater world.


living alumni in over 150 countries


alumni living internationally


alumni in the DMV



80+ Fulbright Scholars


#1 for alumni who join the Peace Corps


17 alumni have been on the cover of Time magazine


17,000+ alumni in public service





The GW experience is a tapestry of "Only at GW" moments, in and out of the classroom, on and off campus. What was your favorite GW moment or memory? What are you doing to create a greater world?  We want to hear from you.

Share Your Memory

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200 Years. Only One GW.

GW’s Bicentennial Film Series highlights 200 years of "Only at GW" moments throughout our history.

The following 30-second video trailer introduces GW's bicentennial documentary film series. It contains quick clips of present-day GW and Washington DC such as the Metro, Kogan Plaza, the MLK memorial, students awaiting election returns, masked students at BLM plaza, GW Deli, Hurricane Maria, as well as historic footage of the March on Washington and pages from the GW Cherry Tree yearbook. Also included are the phrases "honoring our progress", "witnessing our present", and "creating our future". It ends with the number 200 and the words Coming Soon.




Show your bicentennial spirit and share your memories and accomplishments on social media. Use the hashtag #GW200 to link your posts with this global celebration.