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The George Washington University to Celebrate Inauguration of Thomas J. LeBlanc as 17th President

November 08, 2017
Maralee Csellar:, 202-994-7564
Jason Shevrin:, 202-994-5631
The George Washington University will celebrate the inauguration of Thomas J. LeBlanc as its 17th president on Monday, Nov. 13, at the Charles E. Smith Center. The ceremony will bring together GW's global community, including trustees, faculty, students, staff and alumni as well as distinguished visitors to honor President LeBlanc as he begins his tenure at the university. 
Monday, Nov. 13, 2017; academic procession begins at 9:45 a.m. and ceremony begins at 10 a.m.
The George Washington University
Charles E. Smith Center
600 22nd St., NW
Washington, D.C.
Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Blue, Orange and Silver lines)
Press access:
Pre-set and media check-in begins at 8 a.m.; doors open at 8:30 a.m. to participants and guests. Pick up credentials by 9:30 a.m.
Press entrance:
Lower level entrance of Smith Center at the corner 22nd and G streets 
(Do not use the main entrance on 22nd Street; follow the stairs down to the lower entrance)
Parking is very limited. Paid parking garages are available beneath the Science and Engineering Hall (H Street between 22nd and 23rd streets) and the Marvin Center (H Street between 21st and 22nd Streets).
Live truck parking: 
Contact Maralee Csellar at by Nov. 10 with requests.
A live webcast will be available at
Throw distances:
Podium to main media riser: 80 ft.
Power and a mult box will be provided.
Media interested in attending should contact Maralee Csellar at or 202-994-7564. Day-of event cell phone for Maralee Csellar is 202-207-7396.
President Thomas LeBlanc’s inauguration is the 17th in GW’s 196-year history. The inaugural ceremony will be the highlight of a multi day celebration of GW's rich history, academic accomplishments and aspirations. At the ceremony, Dr. LeBlanc will receive the President’s Medallion, which is worn by the university president as a symbol of the office and completes the president’s academic regalia. Also, delegates from more than 100 colleges and universities will march in the academic procession according to their school’s founding dates with the oldest school going first. 
Prior to serving as the president of GW, Dr. LeBlanc was the executive vice president and provost at the University of Miami. He was appointed to that position in 2005 and served as the chief academic officer and chief budget officer for the university, responsible for overseeing and coordinating academic programs and enhancing the educational mission of the university. He was announced at GW’s new president on Jan. 6 and began his service with GW on Aug. 1. 
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