Freshman Day of Service and Convocation


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.  

The theme for this year is Plant Seeds. Cultivate Justice. and the keynote speaker is 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 will complete over 8,000 hours of direct community service over the course of the day.

Take a look at our community partner sites for more info on where the Class of 2018 will be serving.

We hope that you will mark Freshman Day of Service and Convocation as the start of a lifetime of service, both here at GW and beyond.

Freshman Day of Service and Convocation At-A-Glance

Check-in at designated residence halls:                                     10:00 am to 10:45 am

Convocation begins in the Smith Center:                                     11:00 am

Convocation ends and students depart for service sites:          12:00 pm

Students begin service at community partner sites:                    1:00 pm

Service ends and students reflect before departing:                  4:00 pm

Students arrive back at GW:                                                        5:00 pm

Ask Peter

Have questions about Freshman Day of Service, how to get more involved in service at GW, or just about what life is like in the Nation’s Capital? …… Ask Peter

Peter Sacco is our friendly and helpful Freshman Day of Service Student Coordinator. Peter is a rising senior in the Columbian College studying Human Services, and is proud to have served in a wide variety of service programs both here in the Center, with other departments across the University, and within the DC government structure.

You can email Peter at or call him at (202) 994-9903. He would love to hear from you!

Share Your Service Experience

We want to hear from you! Tell us how you are serving this summer, how you are going to get more involved at GW, and how you are going to serve once arriving in DC. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. And whenever you are posting, be sure to use the hashtag #GWFDoS2014.

Contact the Center

Your service experience at GW does not have to end when Freshman Day of Service comes to a close. We want to help you make service a key part of your time at GW and beyond. For more information on getting out, getting active, and engaging with community partners in the DC community, check out the Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, GW’s home for community service. You can call us at (202) 994-9900, email us at, or visit us on the 5th floor of the Marvin Center.

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

Majora Carter

Keynote Speaker

Our keynote speaker, Majora Carter, is an expert in the field of sustainable urban revitalization.

First Chapter

GW First Chapter

Freshman Day of Service and Convocation connect with the GW First Chapter Freshman Reading Program, where members of the Class of 2018 will be reading Will Allen’s The Good Food Revolution.

Peter FDoS

GW Student Coordinator

Peter Sacco serves as the Student Coordinator for Freshman Day of Service and Convocation and can answer any of your questions about serving in DC and getting involved at GW.