Freshman Day of Service and Convocation

About the Event

On Saturday, September 10, 2016 The George Washington University will host the eighth annual Freshman Day of Service and Convocation event officially welcoming the Class of 2020 into the Colonials community!

President Knapp, Provost Maltzman, faculty, staff, and student leaders will join the Class of 2020 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 2,300 students, faculty, and staff participated in the event focused on the theme Build Community. Break Barriers.
Read more about last year’s event on GW Today or check out the video.


Frequently Asked Questions

I am a member of the Class of 2020, 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 us with questions at fdos@gwu.edu.


Faculty, Staff, and Current Students

Freshman Day of Service and Convocation are great opportunities to welcome the incoming class, build community, and promote citizen and leadership in service and academics. 

Faculty: There are two opportunities for faculty to participate in Freshman Day of Service and Convocation: 

  • Walk in the academic procession at Freshman Convocation (approximately 10:30am to 12pm)
  • Serve alongside the Class of 2020 (approximately 12pm to 5pm) 

Sign-up by Friday, September 2nd at 5pm EST. Click here to sign-up!

Staff: There are two opportunities for staff to participate in Freshman Day of Service and Convocation: 

  • Serve as a logistics volunteer, helping to check in students and distribute boxed lunches (approximately 9am to 12pm) 
  • Serve alongside the Class of 2020 at a Freshman Day of Service community partner site (approximately 12pm to 5pm)

Sign-up by Friday, September 2nd at 5pm EST. Click here to sign-up!

Current Students: We invite you to serve as a logistics volunteer for the Class of 2020's Freshman Day of Service! Logistics Volunteers play a critical role in the day helping freshmen to check in at their residence halls, distributing lunch boxes, and assisting with set-up and supplies.

Sign-up by Friday, September 2nd at 5pm EST. Click here to sign-up!

You can contact us with questions at fdos@gwu.edu.