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GW's Bicentennial Celebration

Countdown to 200:


The George Washington University’s bicentennial is an incredible, historic milestone. With 27,000+ students from more than 135 countries, a worldwide community of 300,000+ living alumni, and thousands of faculty and staff, the GW community is coming together to celebrate 200 years of phenomenal growth.






Opening Ceremony

February 9, 2021

4 p.m. EST

You’re invited to the official kickoff celebrating GW’s bicentennial! Join our global community for this special day.

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Celebrating GW’s Generations of Progress


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Our success was neither inevitable nor preordained. Through the persistence of generations of students, faculty, staff, and alumni, GW has become a top comprehensive, global research university in the heart of the Nation’s Capital.


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Today, GW is renowned for its dedication to educating future leaders and advancing knowledge that makes an impact upon millions. GW students often gain first-hand insights from global decisionmakers; GW faculty’s innovations and scholarship improve both our world and humanity; and GW’s remarkable alumni embody the university’s collective global influence.


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From leading new areas of research and discovery and reducing GW’s carbon footprint to safeguarding GW as accessible to all regardless of their financial circumstances, the GW community embraces the challenge of solving the world’s most urgent problems and possesses the courage to create the future.




The GW experience is a tapestry of Only at GW moments, in and out of the classroom, on and off campus. We want to hear about your favorite GW moment or 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.






Monumental Alumni

GW’s Monumental Alumni Award will honor living alumni who have had an impact on the world through their work and service and who embody the ideals of the university. We look forward to announcing the recipients of the award in March as we continue to celebrate GW’s 200th anniversary.