The Final Lap

The Final Lap


Successfully cross the end-of-semester finish line! Open to all GW students, The Final Lap is designed to support student wellbeing prior to and during final exams.


We'll be back with Final Lap programming from May 1st through May 12th, 2023.

Here is a sample of our programming from Fall 2022:


Sample Events

Vern Lights

December 1

Mount Vernon Campus Quad

6:00 - 9:00 PM

It's finally sweater weather! Kickoff the Final Lap and join us on the MVC quad for the annual lighting of the Vern lights. We'll have s'mores + hot cocoa + stickers + music + crafts + giveaways and more! We can't wait to see you there!

No need to register!

Free group fitness classes

December 1-11

Lerner Health & Wellness Center

Multiple times and days

Campus recreation is offering free group fitness classes, with chances to win prizes!

No need to register!

Argentine Tango

December 2 & 9

Mitchell Theater

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Come join us for Argentine tango! We will learn tango dance techniques and musicality together. Please feel free to wear comfortable clothes and bring a pair of socks. No dance experience expected and no partner required.

Register here!

Ice Skating Trip!

December 4

Washington Ice Skating Rink

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Come take a break from the stress of finals, and join TRAiLS for an afternoon of ice skating and winter fun! We’ll be skating on the Georgetown waterfront for a few hours, and have a grand old time! All skill and experience levels are welcome.

Register here!


Breakfast Break

December 5-9, 12-16

Kogan Plaza & Tabling Row

Various Times (see Google Calendar for final locations and times)

Kick-off your day by grabbing some food and goodies. An assortment of free breakfast items will be available.

No need to register!

Chat with the Dean

December 5

William's House

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

You're invited! Join Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Colette Coleman at William's House. On Monday, Dec. 5th from 8:30am-10:30am you can join the Dean for snacks, conversation, and community. All are welcome to attend. See you there!

RSVP here!

GW Campus Recreation presents Intramural Sports

December 5-7, 8-12

Lerner Health & Wellness Center

Various Times

GW Campus Recreation is offering two intramural sports during Final Lap. Intramural dodgeball will be held December 5th through 7th. Intramural spikeball will be held December 8th through 12th.

Sign-up for IM Sports!

Free Chair Massages

December 5 & 12

District House B205

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Drop in for a free chair massage provided by a licensed massage therapist from Eye Street Massage Therapy! These individuals are trained massage and bodywork professionals with a therapeutic focus.

No need to register!


Create your own TRAiLS mix!

December 7

Kogan Plaza

1:30 - 3:30 PM

Join TRAiLS to create your own trail mix! There will be a variety of nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips, candy, and more for you to make your dream mix. Drop by anytime between 1:30-3:30pm to participate.

No need to register!

PJ Paint Party

December 8

University Student Center Continental Ballroom

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Join GW Late Night for a relaxing Thursday evening in the USC Continental Ballroom for some ceramic painting, great food, warm drinks, and movie screening of Happy Feet! Make sure to come dressed in your most comfortable PJs.

Register here!

Insert Here Comedy Show

December 9

University Student Center Amphitheater

9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Join [insert here] improv for our 3rd show of the year. It will be a night of many laughs... completely made up on the spot! Every word you hear, scene you see, and character you experience has never before been performed, and are based on suggestions from you, the audience. No scripts, no planning, just complete improv!

Register here!

Walk to Roosevelt Island

December 10

Roosevelt Island

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Unwind before finals and join us as we explore one of DC’s hidden treasures, Roosevelt Island! We will walk from campus, across the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge, to Roosevelt Island where we will hike some of the beautiful trails and enjoy a picnic lunch at the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial! 

Register here!

Walk to Rock Creek Park

December 11

Rock Creek Park

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The Rock Creek park hike is the perfect chance to escape the city for no cost. We will metro to Rock Creek Park Nature Center and enjoy a 3.5 mile, mostly flat hike. This hike is the perfect way to decompress during the bustle of finals season!

Register here!

Midnight Breakfast

December 12

University Student Center

9:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Midnight Breakfast is an annual GW tradition that invites students to take a break from preparing for final exams, reconnect with friends, enjoy some food, and participate in a variety of engaging activities.

Register here!

Relaxation space

December 12-14

District House B114

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Need a moment to recharge or a quiet place to study? Simply stop by District House B114 to reset during finals. There will be snacks, fidget toys, and stress-reduction trainings led by CAPS professionals.

No need to register!

Yoga Under the Stars

December 14

City View Room

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Join GW Campus Recreation and the Health Promotion Office for a yoga class in the lovely City View Room (some of the best views in DC!). All attendees will be entered into a raffle to win prizes!

Register here!



Mindfulness and Mental Health

Campus Living & Residential Education

Campus Recreation

Capital Peers

Counseling & Psychological Services

Eye Street Massage Therapy

Division of Safety & Security

GW Art Therapy Clinic

GW Alumni Association

Office of Advocacy and Support

Office of Student Life

Students Rights and Responsibilities