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Goodbye Colonials: George Washington University announces new moniker 


George Washington University has selected “Revolutionaries” as its new moniker, after the school scrapped “Colonials” under growing student pressure.

Officials announced the new moniker Wednesday, which will take effect starting in the 2023-2024 academic year.  

University officials said in a press release Wednesday that after a year taking in 47,000 points of feedback and 8,000 moniker suggestions, the school’s trustees approved the new moniker among four finalists proposed by a committee of students, faculty, staff and alumni.

NBC’s Chuck Todd, an alumnus of the school, announced that “Revolutionaries” would be replacing the “Colonials” in a video posted by the university.  

“This is an exciting day for the George Washington University Revolutionaries,” University President Mark Wrighton said in a statement., adding the moniker “broadly reflects our community—and our distinguished and distinguishable GW spirit.” 

The press release noted that revolutionaries “are not afraid to break boundaries and change the game.” 

Calls to change the school’s moniker ramped up in 2018, when a group of students led a petition demanding a less “offensive” moniker, saying that the centuries-old moniker of “Colonials” evoked tropes of international colonialism, slavery and racial discrimination.

The petition included recommendations for new monikers, including the “Revolutionaries,” or the “Hippos,” the GW Hatchet noted.  

The student sports section changed its name from “Colonial Army” to “George’s Army” in 2019, the student newspaper reported. Since then, school officials also began to walk back some of its “Colonials” branding and officially retired it last year.  

Officials formed a task force to put forward new suggestions for the moniker last year, with the list of finalists including the “Revolutionaries,” “Blue Fog,” “Ambassadors” and “Sentinels.”

Despite the name change, “George,” the school mascot, will remain unchanged.

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