Colonial Inauguration Welcomes Class of 2017

The 23rd annual Colonial Inauguration, a student-led orientation program, offered a comprehensive overview of university-life and taught new Colonials what it means to ‘Raise High.’

July 5, 2013

CI 2013 opener

The 2013 Colonial Cabinet kicks-off Colonial Inauguration with a high-energy performance.

More than 3,600 new George Washington University students and their families attended Colonial Inauguration, a three-day orientation program organized by the Division of Student Affairs and designed to introduce new Colonials to the university.

New students learned how to navigate university life through performances by the 32 Colonial Cabinet members on academics, residence hall living, health issues and tips for easing the transition into the GW community. 

Students also enjoyed a tour of the monuments, a student organization fair and a closing presentation from Tim Miller, associate dean of students.

Other highlights included a new composting initiative at the “Buff and Blue Barbecue,” which allowed students to engage in GW’s commitment to sustainability, and an extended “GW Academic Experience” event that combined school-specific lectures with a faculty meet-and-greet and information tables from a range of academic offices, such as the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research, Clinical Research Administration and the GW Tutors Initiative.

The dynamic experience was captured by GW staff and prospective students via social media.  GW Today compiled an overview from their perspectives.