We have an incredible schedule of exciting events and activities for you and your guests to choose from. To make your registration process much smoother, we strongly suggest you review the schedule below so that you have a good idea of which events you wish to attend. And while you're on campus, check out the additional activities happening during Alumni & Families Weekend!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
Alumni & Families Weekend Welcome Center
- Friday, September 30, 12 - 9pm | University Student Center, 800 21st Street, NW
- Pick up your name tags for the weekend, get your special 2022 AFW gift, and check out the fun engagement activities at the AFW Welcome Center, located on the first floor of the University Student Center.
Undergraduate Class of 1972 50-year Reunion & Alumni Emeriti Luncheon
- Friday, September 30, 12pm | City View Room, 1957 E Street, NW
- Join us for a day of special activities for the Class of 1972, in recognition of your milestone 50th reunion! All Alumni Emeriti—alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago, or who are 72 years of age or older—are also invited to attend. Registration is complimentary for the Class of ‘72 and one guest!
50th Reunion Luncheon Gala12 - 1:30pm | City View Room, 7th Floor
Reconnect with classmates while enjoying spectacular views overlooking the Nation’s Capital; enjoy remarks from university leadership; and take a group photo with the Washington, D.C., skyline as your backdrop.
Faculty Focus Experience1:30 - 2:30pm | State Room, 7th Floor
Phillip Troutman, Assistant Professor of Writing and of History, will give you a visual overview of student life as covered in The Hatchet and The Cherry Tree from Fall 1968 through Spring 1972, based on research his students have undertaken over the past several years. Professor Troutman is very interested in hearing about your experiences and reflections on your time at GW during a Q&A that will follow.
Private Bus Tour3pm | Departs from 1957 E Street, NW
Professor Troutman will also lead the bus tour, giving you an overview of the 200-year history of GW, from its origins as a Baptist college in Columbia Heights, to its move downtown to 15th and H, to the Beaux Arts style "campus that never was" on the National Mall, to its 1912 move to and subsequent growth in Foggy Bottom. We'll hit significant points in GW history, linked to specific buildings and sites on campus.
Family Leadership Circle Reception
- Friday, September 30, 4:30 - 6:30pm | Decatur House, 748 Jackson Place, NW
- Please join university leadership and fellow GW families for an intimate reception celebrating the impact of philanthropy on the student experience. The Family Leadership Circle welcomes all families to engage in community, philanthropy, and connection at GW. To learn more about joining the Family Leadership Circle – community, philanthropy, connection – please contact [email protected].
Multicultural Alumni Reception
- Friday, September 30, 5 - 7pm | Potomac Square, G Street, NW, between 20th and 21st streets
Rekindle connections with old and new friends and celebrate the expansive diversity of the GW alumni network! During this reception, we will honor the legacy of Michael Tapscott, former Director of the Multicultural Student Services Center, and celebrate his impact on the GW community. This event is open to all cultures, ethnicities, orientations, genders, and abilities.
Weekend Welcome Gathering - $15
- Friday, September 30, 6:30 - 8:30pm | Grand Ballroom, University Student Center, 800 21st Street, NW
- The entire GW community is invited to kick-off Alumni & Families Weekend at this festive celebration with food, music, games, and Insta-worthy moments!
- Due to expected inclement weather, the Weekend Welcome Gathering has been moved indoors to the University Student Center Grand Ballroom.
All-Alumni Party - $20
- Friday, September 30, 7 - 9pm | Potomac Square, G Street, NW, between 20th and 21st streets
- This special party is created exclusively for GW alumni so don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate the unique GW experience that you all share! There will be food, cocktails, and music that will keep you on the dance floor.
- Friday, September 30, 9 - 11pm | Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street, NW
- Join GW Program Board on Friday, September 30 at 9pm in the Smith Center for a night of stand-up comedy at the annual Fall Comedy Show, featuring hilarious comedian, SNL alum, and three-time Emmy nominee Leslie Jones! Don’t miss out on what is sure to be an amazing show, buy your tickets now and follow @gwpb on Instagram for more event updates.
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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1
Alumni & Families Weekend Welcome Center
- Saturday, October 1, 8am - 8pm | University Student Center, 800 21st Street, NW
- Pick up your name tags for the weekend, get your special 2022 AFW gift, and check out the fun engagement activities on the first floor of the University Student Center.
- Saturday, October 1, 9 - 11:45am | Various Locations
- Join us for Deans’ Breakfast at GW’s respective schools to connect, meet faculty and staff, and learn more about the academic experience.
- Columbian College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Breakfast | 9:30-11:00am, MPA Art Gallery, 2nd Floor Lobby
- Elliott School of International Affairs Open House | 10:00-11:30am, 1957 E Street
- GW School of Business Dean's Breakfast | 9:30-11:00am, Oglethorpe Hall, First Floor Lobby of Duquès Hall
- Milken Institute School of Public Health Dean's Breakfast | 9:00-11:30am, SPH Convening Center
- School of Engineering and Applied Science Dean's Breakfast | 9:30-11:00am, SEH Lower Level
Best of GW Faculty Lectures
- Saturday, October 1, 11am - 1pm | Various Locations
- Immerse yourself into the GW classroom experience with our Best of GW lectures. Join our world-renowned faculty for our most engaging, student-favorite lectures.
- View the lineup of events
- Saturday, October 1, 11am - 1pm | Grand Ballroom, University Student Center, 800 21st Street, NW
- Learn more about campus resources and the support structures in place to aid in your student’s success at GW!
GW Alumni-Athlete Tailgate
- Unfortunately, due to expected inclement weather, we are cancelling the Tailgate event. GW Men’s Soccer will still face off against Duquesne on Saturday, October 1 at 1pm and all members of our community are welcome to attend the match.
Thurston Hall Open House
- Saturday, October 1, 2 - 6pm | Thurston Hall, 1900 F Street, NW
- Thurston Hall is a GW icon that has played a central role in campus life for more than 50 years, creating thousands of relationships, stories and shared memories. Join us for self-guided tours of this newly renovated and reimagined first-year residence hall.
Documentary Film Series
- Saturday, October 1, 2 - 4pm | Potomac Square, G Street, NW, between 20th and 21st streets
- GW’s Documentary Film Series highlights the experiences that remind us why GW is such a special place. The four new short films that will premiere include: Gelman Library and Favorite Study Spots, GW’s Global Women’s Institute, DC as a Classroom, and Commencement on the National Mall. Two additional films, To Bigotry, No Sanction, and GW Open Doors will also be shown.
Residential Neighborhood Showcases
- Saturday, October 1, 2 - 5pm | Various Locations
- Whether you want to walk down memory lane or learn more about your student’s Residential Neighborhood, this event is your chance! The Residential Neighborhood Showcase will give families and guests the opportunity to explore different parts of the student’s residential experience. The showcase will feature Community Coordinators and Faculty in Residence presenting on “community creation in the halls,” a guided tour by our staff and a student leadership showcase by members of the Residence Hall Association and Hall Councils. Each neighborhood will have a 2pm session and 3pm session to give flexibility for attendance.
North Village Residential Neighborhood: Lafayette Hall, District House, JBKO Hall, and Munson Hall
West Way Residential Neighborhood: Fulbright Hall, Madison Hall, Amsterdam Hall, and Shenkman Hall
East Commons Residential Neighborhood: Thurston Hall, Mitchell Hall, FSK Hall, and 1959 E Street
South Square Residential Neighborhood: South Hall, International House, Potomac House, Building JJ, The Dakota, Townhouse A, 2109 F Street, and Guthridge Hall
Mount Vernon Campus Residential Neighborhood: Cole Hall, Clark Hall, Henlsey Hall, Merriweather Hall, Somers Hall, and West Hall
- Saturday, October 1, 3 - 5pm | Mount Vernon Campus Academic Building, 2100 Foxhall Road, NW
- Vern Harvest is a signature event each year for the Mount Vernon Campus. Take in the beautiful fall foliage on the Vern while enjoying fun activities, delicious treats, and giveaways. Be sure to follow @gwmvc and @studentlifeatGW for more information, and join us on Saturday, October 1!
- Due to expected inclement weather, the Vern Harvest has been moved indoors to the Mount Vernon Campus Academic Building.
Mount Vernon Campus Tour
- Saturday, October 1, 4 - 5pm | Post Hall, 2100 Foxhall Road, NW
- Meet us on the steps of Ames Hall where we will set off on a leisurely walking tour to see some of our favorite spaces and the lovely new places on our beloved Mount Vernon Campus.
GW Hoops Fan Fest
- Saturday, October 1, 4 - 6pm | Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street, NW
- Join the Men's & Women's basketball teams at an open house with games, prizes, and opportunities to meet with current players and coaches.
Class Reunion Parties
- Saturday, October 1, Various Times and Locations
- Your milestone reunion is a chance to celebrate your GW memories and friendships, make new connections, and revel the night away with your classmates. Registration includes hors d'oeuvres, drinks, a special GW memento, and more!
Undergraduate Class of 2017 5-year Reunion Party - $20
Saturday, October 1, 7 - 10pm | The Rooftop at Hotel Hive, 2224 F Street, NW
Undergraduate Class of 2012 10-year Reunion Party - $35
Saturday, October 1, 7 - 10pm | City View Room, 1957 E Street, NW
Undergraduate Class of 2002 20-year Reunion Party - $35
Saturday, October 1, 7 - 10pm | The Rooftop at the Graham Georgetown, 1075 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW
- Saturday, October 1, 7 - 9pm | Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street, NW
- Join us for the annual family and alumni weekend aca-concert featuring all of GW’s incredible a cappella groups, including: The GW Troubadours, Sons of Pitch, The GW Vibes, GW Sirens, The GW Pitches, and GW MotherFunkers.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2
Buff & Blue Brunch
- Sunday, October 2, 9 - 11am | Potomac Square G Street, NW, between 20th and 21st streets
- $25 for adults, $12 for children under 12
- Enjoy a buffet brunch and student musical entertainment with your family and friends (new and old) before heading home.
- Sunday, October 2, 11:30am - 1pm | Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st Street, NW
- You won’t want to miss this timely and relevant discussion on The Politics of Supreme Court Confirmations with a panel of some of the best and brightest GW political minds. Co-hosted by the Graduate School of Political Management and GW School of Law, attendees will have an opportunity to share their thoughts and ask questions too.
WHILE YOU’RE ON CAMPUS
Check out these additional activities happening on campus during Alumni & Families Weekend!
GWSPH 950 Alumni Awards
- Friday, September 30, 5:30 - 7:00pm | Milken Institute School of Public Health, 950 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
- Join GWSPH alumni, faculty, students and staff for our sixth annual presentation of the 950 Awards. We'll hear from Dean Goldman and celebrate this year's exceptional awardees.
- Register now
LEGACY: Fifty Years of Dance on the Edge
- Friday - Sunday, 1 – 6pm | Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, 500 17th Street, NW
- LEGACY, a moving exhibition and immersive installation, is a celebration of the remarkable five-decade career of GW Corcoran dance professor Maida Withers, ground-breaking choreographer, dancer/performer and interactive media artist.
- Register now
GW Innovation & Entrepreneurship Reception
- Friday, September 30, 4:30pm - 6pm | Western Market, 10th Floor, 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
- Please join the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship as we welcome back alumni from all of our OIE programs, including the New Venture Competition and I-Corps courses. It will be the perfect opportunity to network with like-minded innovators and perhaps find your next mentor, funder, or teammate! You can also visit our I+E Lab space, where current students and young alumni are working on their exciting ventures. Drinks and light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Registration is required.
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GW Panhellenic Parent, Family, and Alumni Brunch
- Saturday, October 1, 10:30am - 12pm | Continental Ballroom, University Student Center, 800 21st Street, NW
- GW Panhellenic invites current social sorority members, family, and alumni to join us in a celebration of the amazing GW Panhellenic community! This event will include a continental breakfast, live jazz music, a photo opportunity, a scrapbook station, lawn games, a t-shirt hand out, and more! We are ecstatic to celebrate a special weekend with the Panhellenic family! Registration is required. Please note that there is a $5 admission rate per person at the time of the event, and don't forget to check out the Family Shirt we are selling to commemorate this weekend!
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The GW Shakespeare Company Presents: Shakespeare Smackdown
- Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1, 8pm - 9pm | Betts Theatre at the University Student Center
- Shakespeare Smackdown is GW Shakespeare's annual competitive scene showcase featuring excerpts from across Shakespeare’s work. At this year's Smackdown, teams will perform scenes from Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, and more. At the end of the performance, the audience votes to determine the best individual scene and best overall team. Smackdown is performed in the Betts Theatre for two nights only, September 30th and October 1st at 8pm. May the best team win!
- Tickets are $5 at the door
Fourteenth Grade Players Presents: Welcome Back One Acts
- Thursday, September 29, 8pm
- Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1, 7pm &10pm
- Blackbox Theatre in West Hall on Mount Vernon Campus
- Welcome Back One Acts features a series of five short shows, each about 15-30 minutes long, ranging from comedies to dramas! Come join us for a fun night featuring newcomers to the GW theatre scene.
- Tickets are $5 at the door
From Thursday, October 6 to Saturday, October 8, the GW School of Medicine & Health Sciences is welcoming back to campus the medical classes of 1972, 1977, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, and 2012, and H Street Society members — those who graduated from medical school before 1972.