Centuries Celebration Weekend Highlights

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!




Bicentennial Finale Video

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.



Video Highlights From Centuries Celebration Weekend


Video Highlights From Commencement for the Classes of 2020 and 2021



Centuries Weekend Coverage 



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.

masked alumni posing for photo



Smiling group of alumni posing for photo


Smiling family posing for photo


Alumni outside of pinstripes restaurant





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.

group of smiling alumni


Smiling alumni taking a selfie




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.

Dana Bash smiling at Monumental Alumni Reception


Students speaking at monumental alumni reception




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.

Elizabeth Warren speaking on commencement stage


Faculty in regalia at commencement


Student Speaker on stage at commencement


Crowd cheering at Commencement


masked graduates taking selfie at commencement


Masked graduates in front of the capitol




Bicentennial Film Screening

On Saturday afternoon, University Yard was set up for a screening of GW’s bicentennial documentary short film series.

Flim fest sign in tent showcasing the documentaries produced for the bicentennial


Crowd watching bicentennial documentary film




Student Showcases

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.

Students dancing on stage in skirts


audience looking at stage


Student singing into microphone




Bicentennial Bash

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.

Crowd gathering around tempietto which is lit in bright colors


The bicentennial bash, crowded and bright in kogan plaza




School Open Houses

To close out the weekend, GW’s Deans hosted events across campus that included discussions, tours, faculty lectures, and more.

SEAS Dean speaking to students


Milken Dean showing group around departments


People picking up information on welcome table


Business school dean speaking at open house


CCAS Dean speaking to visitors


CPS Dean speaking to visitors


GSEHD Dean speaking to visitors