The George Washington University: Traditions

Colonials Traditions

Location:Washington, DC 20052
Colors:Buff & Blue
Affiliation:NCAA Division I
No. of Varsity Sports:27 (12 men's, 14 women's, 1 coed)
Conference:Atlantic 10 (primary) |
Arena:Charles E. Smith Center (4,338)
President:Steven Knapp (Yale '73)
Athletics Director:Patrick Nero (Providence '87)

In 1924, Eugene Sweeney wrote the song entitled Buff and Blue, which served as the fight song for the GW Football Team. In the 1990's Patrick M. Jones rewrote the song so that it could be used for any GW athletic contest and entitled it The GW Fight Song. The Fight Song can be heard at GW sporting events. Also, as you walk around campus, you will hear the carillon chimes ring out the GW Fight Song twice a day at 12:15 and 6pm.

Hail to the Buff,
Hail to the Blue,
Hail to the Buff and Blue!
All our lives we'll be proud to say,
We hail from GW! (Go Big Blue!)
Oh, by George, we're happy we can say,
We're GW, here to show the way, so
Raise high the Buff!
Raise high the Blue!
Loyal to GW
You bet we're
Loyal to GW!

Originally written in 1930 by George Roth, it was rewritten in 1970 by Dr. George Steiner and can be heard at many University events including Convocation, Commencement, and of course every home men's and women's basketball game.

Hail Alma Mater
To thy spirit guiding,
Knowledge thy closest friend
In its strength abiding,
Pledge we fidelity
Ne'er its place resigning,
Hail thee George Washington!

In 1904, The Columbian College became what we today know as the George Washington University. Along with the change of name, also came the change of school colors. The university colors were changed from orange and blue to buff and blue to commemorate the colors of the uniform that George Washington wore when he resigned as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army on December 23, 1783.

The name "Colonials" was the mascot name that was voted in by the student body in 1928. "Colonials" continues to be the institutional mascot of the George Washington University.

George, formerly referred to as "George 1," is the character mascot of George Washington. George is considered to be our #1 Colonial and also serves as the namesake mascot of GW. George can often be found at GW athletic events, making community appearances, and visiting several on-campus events to ensure that school spirit and campus unity are continuing to grow at The George Washington University.


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