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CCAS Graduate Memories

From bonding with classmates to collaborating with professors, Columbian College students recalled their fondest memories as they prepared to receive their 2021 degrees.

Learning & Discovery

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Kitchen Chemistry

When COVID limited students’ access to campus labs, LaKeisha McClary and Ling Hao designed a do-it-yourself solution for an “authentic research experience.”

Faculty Spotlight

Lynn Westwater

Can Classics Teach COVID Lessons?

For her Pandemic Literature class, Lynn Westwater scoured classic novels and centuries-old chronicles for stories that reflect today’s struggles.

2021 GW Celebration


Celebration Week Is Here!

Check out the Columbian College celebration website for details on how to access the virtual doctoral, graduate and undergraduate ceremonies and download fun graphics for social media. Congratulations, 2021 graduates!

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Celebrating Our Bicentennial

GW Bicentennial 1821-2021

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of GW and the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Learn how we are celebrating this historic milestone.

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From our first building on "College Hill" to an internationally recognized research center, browse our timeline of Columbian College highlights since 1821.

200 Years and Counting: Columbian College of Arts and Sciences seal

Read about our remarkable history of learning, research and discovery, the landmark achievements of our alumni and our vision for the future.


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  • Alexandria Cannon, BA '20 History a young black woman with curly hair in a black shirt

    Alexandria Cannon

    “Most history classes, you are in a discussion room talking about it, but with George Washington and his World, we get to take the class on his estate and relive through what he did.”

    Alexandria Cannon 
    BA '20

  • George Sangiolo BS '18 a young man wearing a gray t-shirt

    George Sangiolo

    "The student body comes from very different backgrounds , and you can always find someone studying something you know nothing about.“

    George Sangiolo 
    BS '18

  • Sarah Wagner, Associate Professor of Anthropology, a women with shoulder length hair wearing a tan jacket

    Sarah Wagner

    "As anthropologists, we go into communities and spend time trying to understand lived experiences. We tell people's stories. And we have an obligation to do it right"

    Sarah Wagner
    Associate Professor of Anthropology

  • Zachary Brown PhD 2027 a white man wearing a black t-shirt

    Zachary Brown

    "I chose GW because of the amazing faculty members in the department. I chose American Studies because of the relative amount of freedom the discipline provides in research."

    Zachary Brown
    PhD '27
    American Studies 

  • Debbie Wheeler, MS '84, a blonde women in a white button down shirt with a black sweater

    Debbie Wheeler

    "That degree has helped me in my entire career and I am still working with the same people I went to college with many years ago. I recommend this college to anyone"

    Debbie Wheeler
    MS '84
    Telecommunications Operations


58 majors, 66 minors | 15 graduate certificates, 49 master's degrees, 24 doctoral degrees


534 full-time faculty. 5,100 undergraduate students. 2,800 graduate students


80,250 Columbian College alumni living in all 50 states and 120+ countries





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