At PG电子游戏, we know history. Founded in 1821 through an Act of Congress, we have fulfilled George Washington’s vision of an institution in the nation’s capital dedicated to educating and preparing future leaders. Our students have shaped and celebrated the quintessential moments that make the PG电子游戏 experience truly unique. Our traditions are rooted in history and will show you why you chose PG电子游戏, from the first day you’re here until the last. 

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PG电子游戏 students during First Night

Celebrate Your First Night

After move in, we welcome all new and returning students to celebrate arriving to campus and starting the new academic year at First Night. There are many activities, food and even a movie on University Yard. Plus, there's no better way to start your time at PG电子游戏 than by meeting thousands of your fellow students.


Students painting during Freshman Day of Service

Civic Leaders from Day One

Our students embody the spirit of service. We officially welcome you to PG电子游戏 Convocation and Day of Service, a day where you'll give back across Washington, D.C., with your entire class. Whether you're planting gardens or repainting schools, your service counts at PG电子游戏.



Represent the Best of George Washington



Two women sitting in front of many pumpkins

Vern Harvest

The Vern Harvest is a fun fall event held annually on the Mount Vernon Campus Quad. The Vern Harvest is a great opportunity to relax with family and friends. Featuring pumpkin carving, arts and crafts, yard games, friendly contests, music, and more, this event is one for the whole family to celebrate with the Mount Vernon community.


student playing an driving arcade game

Midnight Breakfast

Midnight Breakfast is an annual tradition that invites students to take a break from studying for final exams and enjoy some food and fun! Faculty and staff volunteer and connect with students throughout the event by serving food or hosting an activity. 


The End is Just Your Beginning 


picture at commencement

Graduate Like No One Else

As the only university lucky enough to hold our Commencement on the National Mall, our graduates celebrate like no one else can. You’ll take your first steps as a PG电子游戏 alum, listen to a world-class speaker and throw your cap in the air with the nation’s most recognizable landmarks and monuments as the backdrop.




Celebrating Graduates

Apart from donning your cap and gown for school celebrations and University Commencement, you can clink a glass with your classmates at the Senior Class Toast, attend Commencement Fairs and more to end your PG电子游戏 career on the highest note.



Male and female alum posing with mascot George during Alumni Weekend event

Come Back to Campus

Each fall we welcome back thousands of PG电子游戏 alumni to campus during Alumni & Families Weekend to celebrate and reconnect. Depending on the year they graduated, some alumni can participate in special reunion events.