Colonials Weekend brought students, family and friends of the George Washington University to campus for three days filled with activities that highlighted GW pride.
More than 4,200 attendees joined festivities that kicked off on Friday. Opening events included a ribbon-cutting ceremony to showcase the newly renovated Gelman Library entrance floor, best-selling author David Sedaris performing at Lisner Auditorium and a cabaret showcasing the talents of students from the music, theatre and dance departments.
Colonials Invasion served as the tip-off event for the weekend and the official start of the men’s and women’s basketball season. Audiences enjoyed acrobatics from GW gymnastics; a special dance by the women’s basketball team; and performances by student groups GW Bhangra, the GW Troubadours and Sons of Pitch. Men’s basketball senior standout Isaiah Armwood stole the show by dunking over his teammate sophomore Kevin Larsen, who is 6’10, at the close of the celebration.
On Saturday morning, GW Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Andrew Sonn led students and parents on a tour of Gettysburg, Pa. Two buses full of Colonials left at 8 a.m. to visit the city’s battlegrounds at a special time—this year marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
President Steven Knapp, Student Association President Julia Susuni, Parents’ Association Advisory Council President Dan Curran, Executive Director of the Office of Parent Services Rodney Johnson and GW parent and Alumni Association member Buddy Lesavoy participated in a welcome ceremony at Lisner Auditorium, also held on Saturday morning. Vice Admiral (retired) Mel Williams Jr., the senior associate dean for military and veterans initiatives, provided a keynote speech about GW values that received a standing ovation.