GW Observes the 58th Presidential Inauguration

January 11, 2017

[UPDATED: Jan. 20, 4:30 p.m.] The 58th Presidential Inauguration will be held on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Because of the university’s proximity to official Inauguration activities, our community can expect disruptions on the Foggy Bottom Campus as thousands of people arrive in the city for a series of official and unofficial events leading up to and throughout inauguration weekend.

Members of the university community are encouraged to continue to visit Campus Advisories for details and updates about campus operations, including shuttles, building access and safety and security guidance. Campus Advisories will continue to be updated leading up to and throughout Inauguration weekend with the latest information pertaining to university preparations for the presidential inauguration.

Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, is both a federal and university holiday. Classes will not be held and administrative offices are closed.

We thank the university community for their patience and understanding during this series of nationally celebrated events.

**For operating hours for campus services, including retail partners, scroll to the bottom of the advisory.**

The official portion of the 58th Presidential Inauguration will begin on Thursday, Jan. 19, with the President-elect and Vice President-elect laying a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery, followed by a Welcome Concert at the Lincoln Memorial. The official swearing-in ceremony, inaugural parade and inaugural balls will be celebrated on Friday, Jan. 20. The observance ends with the National Prayer Service on Saturday, Jan. 21. Click on the following links for official information:


If you or your guests are attending any of the inaugural activities, plan ahead, allow plenty of travel time to and from GW and anticipate heavy traffic near Foggy Bottom and throughout downtown D.C. from Thursday, Jan. 19 through Saturday, Jan. 21. Also, plan ahead and be prepared in case of an emergency. Review the following GW information and safety sites:

  • Visit and bookmark Campus Advisories.
  • Update your contact information including phone numbers and additional email addresses for GW ALERT, the university’s emergency notification system.
  • Download the GW PAL app to your wireless devices.
  • Program GW University Police Department’s emergency number--202-994-6111--to wireless devices.
  • Review GW’s Emergency Response Handbook for safety tips and preparedness information.
  • Enroll in DC’s emergency notification system, ALERT DC. Share this DC-based resource with your guests and non-GW affiliated personnel visiting the nation’s capital for the weekend.
  • Sign up for Inauguration specific alerts by texting INAUG to 888777 (This is service is provided by DC and US Park Police.)


The Presidential Inaugural Committee will host a Welcome Concert on Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Lincoln Memorial as the official kick-off to inaugural events. There will be multiple street and bridge closures in the area surrounding the Lincoln Memorial beginning 5 a.m. until the event concludes at approximately 7 p.m. on Jan. 19. Metrorail will continue to operate on a normal schedule. View MPD’s transportation plan and view the detailed information under "Lincoln Memorial Event." or National Park Service & US Park Police's press release:

Note: GW will be open and operating on a normal schedule on Thursday, Jan. 19. The university understands that transportation may be affected for some people traveling to Foggy Bottom. Check traffic reports early and often throughout the day on Thursday. We encourage the use of public transportation traveling to and from campus.

On Friday, Jan. 20, Inauguration Day, most of the Foggy Bottom Campus will be within the outer security perimeter established by the U.S. Secret Service. Street parking and vehicle access across most of the Foggy Bottom Campus will be restricted. Limited parking and traffic flow will be allowed west of 23rd St., NW and north of K St. NW. View MPD’s transportation and street closures plan. For additional information, see University Parking Garage Access information below. If your vehicle has been towed, call 311 (DC Government) for assistance.

There will be three main entrance areas to enter the Foggy Bottom Campus on Friday, Jan. 20. These access points will be located along 23rd Street at I, H and G Streets. GWPD officers will be stationed at these locations alongside National Guard or other law enforcement personnel. If you are traveling in and around the Foggy Bottom Campus, please follow the directions and advice from law enforcement personnel in the area. Please carry your GWorld card with you at all times as you may be asked for identification.  


There will be several buildings closed and others may have altered access because of security restrictions or the university holiday on Jan. 20, including:

  • Administrative buildings will close at 10 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19 and remain closed on Friday, Jan. 20. Individuals with authorized GWorld access may enter buildings.
  • Academic buildings will close at 10 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19 and remain closed on Friday, Jan. 20. Individuals with authorized GWorld access may enter buildings.
  • Residential buildings will remain locked 24/7. GWorld access is provided to residents. Approved guests must be escorted by a resident.
  • Gelman Library will close Friday, Jan. 20 at 1 a.m., and will reopen on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 8:30 a.m.
  • Marvin Center, Lerner Health & Wellness Center, District House lobby and retail area and Shenkman Hall retail area will remain open. Access to the Marvin Center is limited to the H Street entrance on Friday, Jan. 20. Access to the District House retail area for non-GWorld card holders is limited to the H Street entrance on Friday, Jan. 20.
  • The Flagg Building (Corcoran School of the Arts and Design) will close on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 9 p.m. and remain closed on Friday, January 20. No access will be granted to this building.

‚ÄčReminders: Do not hold doors open for non-GW affiliates or members of the public. Residential buildings do not have public restrooms for people passing through on their way to the inaugural events.


All overnight guests in the residence halls have been pre-approved and have been issued a letter verifying that they are an approved guest during the weekend. Guests will be required to produce this letter and a government-issued photo ID to be signed into the residence halls by their GW student hosts. Guests may be asked for identification at other times during the weekend if stopped by university police or other law enforcement personnel. Resident students living in university-provided housing who have questions should contact GW Housing prior to Thursday, Jan. 19.


A valid GWorld card or government issued ID is required to access the outer security perimeter on Friday, Jan 20. GW Community members, please visit the GWorld Card Office prior to Jan. 20 to replace lost or expired GWorld cards. Approved guests staying in GW residential housing need to have a government issued ID. The George Washington Police Department will adhere to the principles of support for our undocumented students as outlined in President Knapp’s letter to the GW Community.


  • The Mount Vernon Campus shuttle (Vern Express/VEX) will remain operational throughout the weekend. The pick up/drop off point will remain at Funger Hall throughout the Inauguration week. Visit Transportation and Parking Services for information including schedules. All riders are required to present their GWorld card or government issued ID before boarding.
  • 4-RIDE will operate on a reduced service schedule on Thursday, Jan. 19 and will only operate from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Regular hours of service resume on Friday, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m.
  • The VSTC Express and the Wiehle Express will not operate on Friday, Jan. 20.


University parking operations will be consolidated on Friday, Jan. 20. Only the parking garages at Science & Engineering Hall, Lerner Health & Wellness Center and 2200 Pennsylvania Avenue (below Whole Foods) will be open.  All other parking garages are closed on Jan. 20.

  • Science & Engineering Hall (SEH): Public parking including GW, University Hospital and MFA visitors. Employees who do not have daily debit or monthly parking may park at SEH. Standard parking rates apply for Friday, Jan. 20. Visit for additional information regarding parking rates. Current active monthly parkers who are assigned to other garages should park in SEH. Monthly parkers need to have their GWorld and current valid sticker for monthly parking on their vehicle. Failure to show both a valid monthly sticker and GWorld card will result in the parker being charged the standard daily parking rate.
  • Lerner Health & Wellness Center (LHWC): Any current active GW daily debit parker may park at this location on Jan. 20. If LHWC is your current assigned monthly garage, you may also park here as well. This location is outside of the security perimeter.
  • 2200 Pennsylvania Avenue: For the GW portion of the garage, parking is restricted to current active MFA and GWUH personnel with monthly parking.

Normal parking operations resume Saturday, Jan. 21.


On Friday, Jan. 20, Metrorail is open 4 a.m. to midnight with rush-hour service and peak fares from opening until 9 p.m. For security reasons, Archives, Federal Triangle, Mount Vernon Square, Pentagon and Smithsonian stations will be closed on Inauguration Day. To avoid lines, reload SmarTrip cards prior to Friday, Jan. 20. Guests are encouraged to purchase the Metro Commemorative 2017 Inaugural SmarTrip card at a discounted price of $10, which allows for unlimited Metrorail and Metrobus travel on Inauguration Day. Although the last day to buy the commemorative card online was Friday, Jan. 13, you may purchase the discounted card in person at participating CVS/Pharmacy stores


Individuals, departments and campus retail partners have been encouraged to pre-order and receive deliveries before Jan. 19 to avoid delays because of road closures, parking restrictions and service interruptions.

Since Inauguration Day is a federal holiday in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, U.S. Mail is suspended for Jan. 20. Campus Mail and Package Services will be closed on Jan. 20. Plan accordingly to pick up and send mail and packages before or after Jan. 20. Campus Mail and Package Services resume normal hours on Saturday, Jan. 21.


The George Washington Police Department’s (GWPD) security operations will remain operational 24/7. GWPD has brought in additional security to provide security and assistance in the residence halls. In addition, EMeRG will be on duty on campus and providing back-up support to D.C. Fire and EMS.

The following campus services will have modified operating hours during Inauguration Weekend:

Foggy Bottom Campus


  • Colonial Health Center (CHC) will be available 24/7 at 202-994-5300 (option 1 for Medical Services, option 2 for Mental Health Services). CHC will be closed on Friday, Jan. 20. CHC will be open on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon for urgent care at Medical Services.


  • Bluff & Blue on Penn: Jan. 19, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Jan. 20 - 22, Closed
  • George’s Market in the Marvin Center: Jan. 19, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.;  Jan. 20, Closed; Jan. 21-22, noon - 4 p.m.
  • Campus Store in the Marvin Center: Jan. 19, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Jan. 20, Closed; Jan. 21-22, noon-4 p.m.

RETAIL AND FOOD AREAS (Contact the retail partner directly if not listed below.)

  • District House
    • Beef n Bread: Jan. 19, 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Jan. 20, 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
    • Peet's Coffee: Jan. 19, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Jan. 20, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
    • Wiseguy NY Pizza: Jan. 19, 6:30 a.m.-2 a.m.; Jan. 20, 6:30 a.m.-2 a.m.
  • Gelman Library
    • Starbucks: Jan. 19, 5:30 a.m.-1 a.m.; Jan. 20, 5:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Law School
    • UpTowner: Jan. 19, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Jan. 20, Closed
  • Mitchell Hall
    • 7-Eleven: Jan.. 19, Open 24/7; Jan. 20, Open 24/7
  • Potomac House
    • Carvings: Jan. 19, 7 a.m.-1 a.m.; Jan. 20, 7 a.m.-3 a.m.
  • Science & Engineering Hall
    • Beefsteak: Jan. 19, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Jan. 20, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Shenkman Hall
    • Gallery Cafe: Jan. 19, 6:30 a.m.-3 a.m.; Jan. 20, 6:30 a.m.-3 a.m.
    • Potbelly: Jan. 19, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Jan. 20, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Tonic at Quigley's
    • Tonic: Jan. 19, 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m.; Jan. 20, 10 a.m.-12:30 a.m.
  • 1959 E Street
    • Starbucks: Jan. 20, 4:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; Jan. 21, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Subway: Jan. 19, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Jan. 20, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • 2140 F Street
    • Foggy Bottom Grocery: Jan. 19, 9:30 a.m.-2 a.m.; Jan. 20, 9:30 a.m.-2 a.m.
  • 2200 Pennsylvania Avenue
    • Whole Foods: Jan. 19-20, 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
    • Circa: Jan. 19, 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; Jan. 20, 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
    • Sweetgreen: Jan. 19-20, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
    • Roti: Jan. 19-20, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
    • Devon and Blakely: Jan. 19-20, 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
    • Citibank: Jan. 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Jan. 20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Admissions Welcome Center, Brady Art Gallery, The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum and offices including Colonial Crossroads and Colonial Central, will be closed in observance of the university holiday. If you have additional questions, please contact the office directly.

Mount Vernon Campus

  • Higher Grounds in Ames building: Jan. 19, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Jan. 20-22 Closed
  • Pelham Commons in West Hall: Jan 19, 11 a.m. - midnight; Jan. 20-22, 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.
  • Mail Services: Jan. 19, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Jan 20-22, Closed
  • Student Packages: Jan. 19, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Jan. 20, Closed; Jan 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Jan. 22, Closed