Freshman Day of Service and Convocation












About the Event

On Saturday, September 12, 2015 The George Washington University will host the seventh annual Freshman Day of Service and Convocation event officially welcoming the Class of 2019 into the Colonials community!

President Knapp, Provost Lerman, faculty, staff, and student leaders will join the Class of 2019 at the Smith Center and then throughout the District of Columbia in a day filled with engaging speakers, direct service projects, reflection, and fun.  

Last year, over 2,400 students, faculty, and staff participated in the event focused on the theme Plant Seeds. Cultivate Justice. The keynote speaker was Majora Carter, an internationally renowned urban revitalization strategy consultant and MacArthur Genius Award winner.

Read more about last year’s event on GW Today.

Frequently Asked Questions


I am a member of the Class of 2019, do I need to register or sign-up to participate in Freshman Day of Service and Convocation?
Nope! As a member of the newest class of Colonials you are already registered for the event. All you need to do is check-in on the day of the event and arrive at the Charles E. Smith Center before 11am.

Where do I check-in and when?
Your leader will send you information about when and where to check-in via email at the start of the school year. Please note that your check-in hub is based on your residence hall.

What should I bring to Freshman Day of Service and Convocation?
Enthusiasm! As well as wear close-toed shoes, clothes that can get dirty, and any medication that you need to take during the day or in case of an emergency (epipen, insulin, etc…). Your leader will also let you know about anything else you may need to bring to your specific service sites.

What are we given at Freshman Day of Service and Convocation?
Upon checking-in, you will receive a nametag with all your information for the day, a reusable water bottle, a Freshman Day of Service and Convocation t-shirt, and boxed lunch!

Have more questions?

You can contact Jonah Lewis, our Freshman Day of Service Coordinator, with questions at

Current Students


The Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service is looking for current service-minded Colonials to help welcome the Class of 2019 to GW as small group leaders!

Leaders serve as mentors and guides to small groups of freshman (15-20). They ensure that service projects are successful and facilitate reflection activities.