Freshman Day of Service and Convocation


About the Event

On Saturday, September 6, 2014, The George Washington University hosted the sixth annual Freshman Day of Service and Convocation event officially welcoming the Class of 2018 into the Colonial Community!

President Knapp, Provost Lerman, faculty, staff, and student leaders joined the Class of 2018 at the Smith Center and then throughout the District of Columbia in a day filled with engaging speakers, direct service projects, reflection, and fun.  

The theme was Plant Seeds. Cultivate Justice. and the keynote speaker was Majora Carter, an internationally renowned urban revitalization strategy consultant and MacArthur Genius Award winner.

Freshman Day of Service is part of the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, and a partner site for the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. The GW community completed over 8,000 hours of direct community service over the course of the day.

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, long pants, 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…).

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 before departing for service a boxed lunch!

Have more questions?
You can contact our Freshman Day of Service Coordinator with questions at