Year in review: Defining photos of 2020

Protests, Zoom meetings and a quiet campus defined the calendar year for GW.

The Hatchet’s photo team looked through images that captured some of those significant moments throughout 2020. From demonstrations over racial injustice to celebrations in Foggy Bottom after former Vice President Joe Biden was elected as the next president, here are some of the most memorable shots of the year:

Arielle Bader | Assistant Photo Editor

Students protest the University’s holdings in the fossil fuel industry during a basketball game in February. Demonstrations over GW’s fossil fuel holdings sparked in early February after LeBlanc unveiled GW’s investments in the industry.

Eric Lee | Staff Photographer

Master’s students Rhonda Wang and Patrick Yang hold hands as they pose for a portrait. Wang flew home to China March 19 amid concerns over the impending pandemic.

Eric Lee| Staff Photographer

Chairs were removed in March from the basement of Shenkman Hall where Gallery, Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins and Gallery shop are located.

Eric Lee | Staff Photographer

A nurse performs a nasal COVID-19 test on a patient. GW began offering drive- and walk-thru testing sites on campus in April.

Eric Lee | Staff Photographer

A student poses at the Lincoln Memorial to celebrate her graduation. GW canceled in-person Commencement this year to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Lillian Bautista | Senior Photo Editor

Thousands of protesters gathered around the National Mall in August for the March on Washington, this year dubbed the “Get your knee off our necks” march to recognize the police killing of George Floyd.

Camille DeSanto | Assistant Photo Editor

The Class of 2024 started their first year remotely.

Kate Carpenter | Staff Photographer

Students and staff gathered in Kogan Plaza in September demanding LeBlanc’s resignation. Since the start of the year, hundreds of students, faculty and staff have called for LeBlanc to step down, citing issues like layoffs during the pandemic and the hiring of former Michigan State University official Heather Swain.

Grace Hromin | Assistant Photo Editor

Student Association senators gather on Zoom for a biweekly meeting.

Lillian Bautista | Senior Photo Editor

Protesters raised their middle fingers to officers at the Washington Metropolitan Third District Police Department. Demonstrators organized by They/Them Collective marched from Dupont Circle through Adams Morgan as part of weekly protests in support of Black Lives Matter.

Arielle Bader | Assistant Photo Editor

Former Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in repose at the top of the front steps of the Supreme Court.

Ari Golub | Staff Photographer

Don Marshall waves an American flag minutes after Biden was named the 46th U.S. president.

Grace Hromin | Assistant Photo Editor

LeBlanc talks during a WebEx meeting. Faculty Senate and Board of Trustees meetings were held virtually for most of the calendar year.

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