Frequently Asked Questions

When does registration open?

Registration opened in mid-August. Click here to register now!

What if no matches are found for my name in the registration system?

If you see many similar names or don’t find your name, that’s perfectly fine. Just click the “I do not appear to be listed” button and proceed to enter your information.

Are guests required to check in when they arrive on campus?

All attendees, including alumni, families, students, faculty, and staff, are required to check in at the University Student Center to receive your name badge before participating in events. Please see the Check-in instructions page for more details.

Where is the Welcome Center located?

The Welcome Center is located on the first floor of the University Student Center, 800 21st Street NW. All attendees should enter the Welcome Center through the 21st Street entrance and exit through the doors on the H Street side of the building.

What are the Welcome Center hours?

The Welcome Center will be open at the following times:

  • Friday, September 30 from 12pm to 9pm.
  • Saturday, October 1 from 8am to 4pm.
  • The Welcome Center will not be open on Sunday, October 2.

Do I need to bring anything with me to check in?

It is important that all attendees arrive at the Welcome Center with a print or digital copy of your confirmation email with QR codes.

If the first event I am attending is off campus, do I still have to check in at the Welcome Center first?

If the first event you plan to attend is one of the following events, you may check in at the event location instead of the Welcome Center: 

  • Class of 1972 50-year Reunion & Alumni Emeriti Luncheon
  • Alumni Volunteer Reception
  • Spirit of GW Awards Ceremony
  • Mount Vernon Alumnae Campus Tour and Reception
  • Class of 2017 5-year Reunion Party
  • Class of 2012 10-year Reunion Party
  • Class of 2002 20-year Reunion Party

When does registration close?

Online registration will not close; it will remain open through the weekend to allow quick registration for walk-ins on their mobile devices to streamline the check-in process. However, because some events have limited capacity, early registration is still encouraged.

I didn’t pre-register for the weekend. Are you accepting walk-in attendees?

Not a problem! You can still register online during the weekend (even on your phone if you’re already on campus), and immediately check in at the Welcome Center to print your name badge.

What is GW's COVID-19 visitors policy?

The health and well-being of GW students, alumni, friends, faculty, and staff remains a top priority for GW and all events will proceed in compliance with all state, local, and public health guidelines.

Visitors are not required to demonstrate proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a recent negative COVID-19 test. This applies to attendees at events in GW venues (Smith Center, Lisner Auditorium, Jack Morton Auditorium, etc.) except where expressly stated.

Masks are mandatory in indoor instructional settings, such as classrooms and teaching laboratories, as well as GW transportation services such as the Mount Vernon Express, VSTC Express and SafeRide.

In addition, masks remain required in university health care facilities, including the Student Health Center and the GW Medical Faculty Associates, which is consistent with the District of Columbia’s guidance.

In all other university-owned or -operated facilities and contexts, especially when in crowded indoor spaces for extended periods of time, masks are optional but remain strongly recommended.

More information can be found on GW’s Coronavirus Response website.

Does a guest need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test?

No, visitors and guests do not need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test and are no longer required to verify full vaccination against COVID-19, except where expressly stated.

How much does registration cost?

Registration for Alumni & Families Weekend is free! The following events have an additional per person cost (and include food and beverages):

  • Weekend Welcome Gathering: $15*
  • All-Alumni Party: $20*
  • Sunday Brunch: $25 adults/$12 children 12 and under
  • Class Reunions:
    • 5-year Reunion: $20
    • 10-year Reunion: $35
    • 20-year Reunion: $35
    • 50-year Reunion: free for each alumnus/a and one guest, including valet parking

*Alumni have the option to register for both the Weekend Welcome Gathering and All-Alumni Party for a discounted price of $30 for both events. To register for the bundled package, select “Alumni Events Package” before selecting your events.

How can I edit my registration later?

To add new guests or events to your registration for Alumni & Families Weekend, click the “Update My Registration” button at the bottom of your confirmation email. You cannot remove events that you have already registered for.

What is GW’s cancellation/refund policy?

All event transactions are final; ticket purchases for Alumni & Families Weekend events are non-refundable.

The GW Division of Development & Alumni Relations reserves the right to cancel an event due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable. If an event is canceled, registrants will be offered a full refund. If an event is postponed, registrants will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer registration to the same event at the new, future date.

What if I lost my registration confirmation email?

If you can’t find your registration confirmation email, please check your email inbox (including your spam/junk folder) for an email from [email protected] with the subject line “GW Alumni & Families Weekend Confirmation.” If you are still not able to find your confirmation email, please go to the Welcome Center and visit the Help Desk for assistance.

What if I lose my name badge?

If you lose your name badge, you must return to the Welcome Center and visit the Help Desk for assistance.

Can I bring my children to Alumni & Families Weekend?

Yes, children are welcome to attend Alumni & Families Weekend. The only weekend events that may not be appropriate for children to attend are the All-Alumni Party, GW Program Board's Annual Fall Comedy Show, and the Saturday evening class reunion parties.

Which package should I register for?

We have starting packages available for alumni and families as well as separate packages for alumni celebrating reunion years. Please visit our How to Register page for more information about the individual registration packages.

Where is GW’s Lost & Found?

Information about Lost & Found can be found on our Plan Your Visit page.

What is the Open Doors scholarship fund and how can I donate to GW?

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Our priority is clear: Increasing access to a GW education and supporting our best and brightest—regardless of their background or financial circumstances—for years to come. Give to GW students today.