10th Anniversary Celebration


GW Nursing's 10th Anniversary logo

This spring will mark 10 years since GW Nursing was chartered as the 10th school at the George Washington University. During our first decade, we have achieved many successes, including recruiting renowned faculty, receiving national recognition for our graduate programs, and launching innovative academic initiatives that will shape future generations of nurses and nurse leaders. We hope that you will join us in celebrating these accomplishments at festivities in the future as we look forward to our next decade.


Dean Jeffries toasts faculty member in front of Innovation Hall



A Decade of GW Nursing

Ten years ago, when the GW School of Nursing formed to become the university’s 10th school, faculty shared a small cluster of offices in Innovation Hall. Founding Dean Jean Johnson sensed, though, that someday the building would bear the school’s name. A decade later, it did. While the school’s infrastructure growth far exceeded expectations, GW Nursing’s impact is best measured in nurses educated and careers advanced.

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Upcoming Anniversary Events

Virtual Toast

Thursday, May 14, 2020  |  5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

On May 14th, 2010, the George Washington University Board of Trustees chartered GW Nursing as the 10th academic school. Now, exactly 10 years to the day, President Tom LeBlanc, Dean Pam Jeffries, and Founding Dean Jean Johnson invite you to join for a virtual toast to celebrate this special milestone.

This event will be live-streamed on GW Nursing's Facebook page on Thursday, May 14 at 5:30 p.m. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of GW Nursing are invited to raise a glass together to honor the past 10 years... and to celebrate the bright future that lies ahead. Please hold this date on your calendar; we'd love for you to join us. 



10th Anniversary Virtual Toast

Honorees Luncheon

Postponed until 2021

To commemorate this historic year for GW Nursing, Dean Pamela Jeffries will host a luncheon to honor the ten recipients of the inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award and to celebrate other select friends of GW Nursing. The Distinguished Alumni Award honors alumni who have typified the George Washington University tradition of excellence and brought recognition to the GW Nursing by their personal accomplishment, professional achievement or humanitarian service. The criterion for nomination and selection include but are not limited to professional achievement; personal growth and achievement; contributions to nursing, health care or society at large; military service; leadership; service to and support for GW Nursing; and clinical expertise/patient care.  

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Honorees Luncheon

10th Anniversary Gala

Postponed until April 10, 2021  |  This event is sold out

The 10th Anniversary Gala is the signature celebration of our year. Join GW President Thomas LeBlanc and Dean Pamela Jeffries for an evening of celebration, camaraderie and entertainment. Alumni, founding and emeriti faculty, friends of GW Nursing, and current faculty and staff are all invited to attend.

The gala will be hosted at the historic Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virginia. A cocktail hour will be held, followed by a formal dinner and entertainment. During this event, we will also recognize outstanding alumni and friends of GW Nursing who have brought prestige to our school throughout and before our first decade. 


10th Anniversary Gala

Past Anniversary Event Highlights

GW Nursing Night at a Colonials Game

January 29, 2020  |  Charles E. Smith Center

To kick off our 10th Anniversary celebrations, GW Nursing hosted a Night at a Colonials Basketball Game for our students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the school. Many of the festivities before and during the game engaged GW Nursing students, faculty, staff, and friends, as we celebrated 10 years at GW. All tickets were accompanied with an Adidas GW Nursing "Night at a Colonials Game" T-shirt. GW played Davidson College with the game ball being presented to Dean Jeffries.