Events and Programming

There are many programs that the Office of Student Life considers cornerstone events. Through these events, we help students:

  • Identify university resources pertinent to their needs.
  • Build connections within the GW community.
  • Recognize the academic components found within co-curricular programs.

Welcome Week

Welcome Week introduces incoming students to the breadth and depth of services and opportunities GW has to offer. By showcasing a wide variety of activities and experiences, Welcome Week serves to orient incoming students during their first two weeks in school.

The Vern Harvest 

The Vern Harvest is a family-friendly fall festival that takes place on the Mount Vernon Campus Quad during Colonials Weekend. Community Members, students, and their family members of all ages are encouraged to attend for safe and fun activities. Events typically feature pumpkin carving and paiting, friendly contests, arts and crafts, yard games, caricaturists, and many yummy fall desserts. 

Midnight Breakfast

Midnight Breakfast is an annual tradition that invites faculty and staff to volunteer to serve students a hearty breakfast, giving students a much needed diversion from the stress of final exams. Students are encouraged to take a study break and join us for free breakfast, food eating contests, painting, and stress-relief activities in the Marvin Center. 

The Excellence in Student Life Awards

The Excellence in Student Life Awards honor the most outstanding students, student organizations, faculty and staff members at GW. Offices from across campus come together to present 23 awards during GW's largest celebration of excellence.