The Final Days of the Academic Year: for Students

May 4, 2023

Dear Students:

Time passes quickly at the George Washington University, thanks to continued growth and progress in our academic and research missions at the hands of our hardworking students, faculty, and staff. Now, we are nearly at the end of an academic year defined by forward momentum across the university, including transformative investment in endowed professorships; progress in our diversity program review; new dining options, including all-you-care-to-eat plans at Thurston Hall and Shenkman Hall and the Hillel kosher café; the return of traditional programming such as First Night, Midnight Breakfast, and the GW Gala; and, of course, the exciting announcement of President-Elect Ellen Granberg, who will join GW in July.

While there is much to celebrate, we encourage you to remain focused on finishing the year strong. Most of you begin final exams next week, while some of you may be nearly at the finish line. It is a time of heightened stress and anxiety, so it is more important than ever that you remain attuned to your mental and physical health needs so that you can perform at your highest level and achieve your goals. We strongly encourage you to review our list of resources to guide you regarding academics, engagement, mindfulness and mental health, and physical health.

If you are graduating in a few weeks’ time, we hope you will join us at the university’s #OnlyatGW Commencement on the National Mall on Sunday, May 21, so that we may wish you well as you begin the next exciting phase of your lives. (Do not forget that registration closes Friday, May 12.) If you are returning to GW next year, we look forward to welcoming you back and celebrating President-Elect Granberg as she begins her historic presidency.

We wish you all the best in the coming days.


Christopher Alan Bracey
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor of Law

Colette Coleman
Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students