As GW’s Bicentennial Celebration comes to a close, this video captures just how far we’ve come — and turns our attention towards creating a greater world in the years ahead.
Our Moment, Our Momentum: The GW Centuries Celebration Weekend brought together the GW community and featured events that connected the university’s past, present, and future. Explore the highlights!
Centuries Weekend Coverage
- Elizabeth Warren to Graduates: ‘Get in the Fight’
- GW Celebrates the Culmination of Its Bicentennial Anniversary
- Classes of 2020 and 2021 Graduates Share Their Favorite GW Memories
- GW Launches University-wide Scholarship Fundraising Initiative to Increase Support for Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Decades Alumni Reception
Centuries Celebration Weekend kicked off in style with a party for GW alumni from across the decades to celebrate the unique experience they all share.
Classes of 2020 and 2021 Alumni Reception
Also on Friday night, with their long-awaited Commencement right around the corner, alumni from the classes of 2020 and 2021 reconnected with one another on campus.
Monumental Alumni Celebration
On Friday, GW honored its Monumental Alumni at a special dinner. During the event, dozens of GW students representing all 10 schools raised a glass to toast the Monumental Alumni and GW benefactors in the room for their monumental example and continued support.
Commencement Celebration for the Classes of 2020 and 2021
With beautiful weather on Saturday morning, GW returned to the National Mall for an in-person celebration of the classes of 2020 and 2021. Graduates heard from U.S. Senator and Monumental Alumna Elizabeth Warren, public health leader Anthony Fauci, and faculty members Cindy Liu and Andrew Maurano. The ceremony also included two speakers from each of the graduating classes.
Bicentennial Film Screening
On Saturday afternoon, University Yard was set up for a screening of GW’s bicentennial documentary short film series.
Students and families participated in an exciting lineup of student-led events that highlighted the talents and interests of GW’s student body. Events included a conversation with Olympian Katie Ledecky, Acapella Palooza, Open Mic Night, and the Latinx Heritage Celebration tradition of Meet La Familia.
The Bicentennial Bash – held in Kogan Plaza for an evening filled with food, games and even an aerial dance performance – was the culmination of a weekend celebrating 200 years of “Only at GW” moments.
School Open Houses
To close out the weekend, GW’s Deans hosted events across campus that included discussions, tours, faculty lectures, and more.