Freshman Day of Service and Convocation

FDoS 2013

About the Event

On Saturday, September 6, 2014 The George Washington University will host 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 will join 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.  

Last year, over 2,400 students, faculty, and staff participated in the event focused on “Fulfilling the Dream of Democracy” in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Read more about last year’s event on GW Today.

Current Students

The Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service is looking for current service-minded Colonials to help welcome the Class of 2018 to GW as a site captain or small group leader!

  • Site Captains serve as the main point of contact for an individual community partner service site. They support and provide guidance to leaders, freshman, and other GW community members as assigned.  They represent GW and ensure the overall success of the service projects on the day of the event. Site Captains must have previous leadership experience within the Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service.
  • Leaders serve as mentors and guides to small groups of freshman (15-20). They ensure that service projects are successful and facilitate reflection activities.

If you have any questions, please email

Frequently Asked Questions

I am a member of the Class of 2018, 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