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Mascot George stands facing men in colonial uniforms.

Traditions are an important part of the George Washington University's culture, enriching the daily lives of its students and building pride within the community.

The oldest traditions date back to 1904 when Columbian College became the George Washington University. With the adoption of its new name, GW embraced a rich array of customs and symbols complementing the university's character and vision. Today, many of the traditions incorporate the legends and lore linked to the university?s namesake, President George Washington. Over time, diversity and a broadening range of student interests have created new traditions that are embraced by faculty, staff and alumni. Old and new, these are celebrated through athletics, student organizations, spirit groups, university publications and hallmark events, and mark the passing of seasons and years.

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