Welcome Day of Service

First Year and Transfer Students

GW Convocation and Welcome Day of Service


Be a part of the GW tradition! Convocation and Welcome Day of Service (WDoS) connects first-year and transfer students to the worlds of community service and civic engagement at GW and introduces them to neighborhoods and community organizations here in DC and beyond!

GW's 16th annual Convocation and Welcome Day of Service will be hosted on Saturday, August 24th, 2024 from 9:30am-4:30pm.

Apply to be a Leader

New students are automatically registered for Welcome Day of Service, check in will begin at 9:30am at their assigned hub! New students should look out for an email from the WDoS team and their Site Captain with more information about their site assignment closer to the event.

Get Involved

We invite faculty, staff, and returning GW students to join us in the exciting endeavor of welcoming the Class of 2028 by becoming Logistics Volunteers for Convocation and Welcome Day of Service! Additionally, we welcome returning GW students to apply for the role of Site Leader. Stay tuned for further details as the event date approaches.

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2023 Recap

GW hosted its 15th annual Convocation and Welcome Day of Service (WDoS) on September 23rd, 2023. Despite the challenging weather conditions, we successfully covered all 8 wards of DC and Maryland. A remarkable total of 571 students dedicated their time at 37 different sites, collectively accumulating an impressive 2,284 service hours!

Read more about the 2023 Welcome Day of Service here.


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