2019 Gold Medal Ceremony Schedule

Wednesday, June 19

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Check-In & Run-Through

Hart Senate Office Building
Room 902
120 Constitution Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002
Metro Accessible: Union Station, Capitol South, Federal Center SW

Once through security, look for Congressional Award staff and signs to direct you to the elevator up to the ninth floor.

Gold Medal Ceremony day can be a little crazy! With the large number of medalists coming through our doors we want to ensure that everyone is prepared for their ceremony. In addition, you will be receiving your event schedule and tickets for the days to come and can take some time to get to know your Gold Medal Class!

We encourage all Gold Medalists to attend the run-through. If you are unable to attend, you will receive your materials (event schedule, ceremony tickets, Nationals tickets, t-shirt, medal box, photographer information) immediately before your ceremony on Thursday, June 20th.


Thursday, June 20

10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., & 3:00 p.m. | Gold Medal Ceremonies

U.S Capitol Visitor Center
Congressional Auditorium
Located beneath the East Front plaza of the U.S. Capitol at First Street and East Capitol Street
Metro Accessible: Union Station, Capitol South, Federal Center SW

Three ceremonies will be held in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) Congressional Auditorium on Capitol Hill. Medalists are assigned to ONE ceremony based on their state affiliation.

10:00 a.m. | Ceremony I
Gold Medalists from the following states/territories will be recognized at the first ceremony: Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, and Wyoming.

12:30 p.m. | Ceremony II
Gold Medalists from the following states/territories will be recognized at the second ceremony: Alabama, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

3:00 p.m. | Ceremony III
Gold Medalists from the following states/territories will be recognized at the third ceremony: Arizona, Armed Services Abroad, California, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.

Gold Medalists should arrive 45 minutes before their ceremony is scheduled to begin. Guests may enter the ceremony space 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony time.

Medalists and families will need to enter through the East Front Plaza of the U.S. Capitol at First Street and East Capitol Street. When entering the building, you will need to go through security (metal detector and x-ray machine for belongings). Please allow additional time. This is not like airport security and should only add 15-20 minutes for entry. A list of items that are prohibited by the Capitol Visitor Center can be found here. Also keep in mind that water bottles and other beverages cannot be brought inside.

All Medalists are provided with up to three (3) complimentary seats for their guests at the Ceremony. Additional guests may be requested on the RSVP submission and will be approved via email after May 10, 2019.

4:45 p.m. | Gold Medalist Group Photo

Capitol Reflecting Pool
Located west of 1st Street, NW between Maryland and Pennsylvania Avenues

Immediately following the third ceremony, Medalists will be led to the group photo. There will be no partner/organization photos, just one large class photo. Medalists from the first two ceremonies should meet at the photo location no later than 4:40 p.m. with their Gold Medal!

   

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. | STEM Stars Reception

Russell Senate Office Building
Kennedy Caucus Room (SR-325)
Entrance located at Constitution Avenue, NW and Delaware Avenue, NE
Metro Accessible: Union Station, Capitol South

The Congressional Award Foundation will host a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Stars Reception to celebrate Gold Medalists who engaged in STEM activities to earn their Gold Medal.

Invitations will be sent to STEM Star Gold Medalists in May. If you completed a STEM activity to earn your Gold Medal please note so on your RSVP form. 

The Kennedy Caucus Room is located in the Russell Senate Office Building.
There are visitor entrances at each corner of the building.

When entering the building you will need to go through security (metal detector and x-ray machine for belongings). Allow 15-20 additional minutes for entry. Please consult the list of prohibited items in the U.S. Capitol Complex. Note that water bottles and other beverages cannot be brought inside.

   


Friday, June 21

Panel Discussions

Locations Vary

Gold Medalists will have the opportunity to attend up to three expert panels with their peers. Choose from one of two panels in both the morning and early afternoon, and one in late afternoon.

All panels will be held in the Washington, D.C, metro area. Visit the panel discussion page for details.

Panels do have a capacity and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Panel registration will close once capacity is reached. Each medalist can bring one guest (i.e. parent/guardian) and should note so on their RSVP.

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Morning Panels (choose one or none)

A Lifetime of Service – This conversation will focus on the importance of extending service past your Gold Medal. We will spotlight non-profit organizations, Congressional Award national partners, professionals who have service focused careers, and alumni who are making a difference in their communities.

Library of Congress – Thomas Jefferson Building
The Member’s Room
9101 Independence Ave SE
Washington, DC 20540
Metro Accessible: Capitol South

Entrepreneurship – Have you ever wondered how professionals got their start? Or what it is like to have an idea and make it into a business? This panel will highlight leaders and business executives who have done just that. From the C-Suite, to small business owners and everyone in between this panel will offer you the inspiration to run with your ideas wherever they take you.

2168 Rayburn House Office Building
The Gold Room
Southwest of the U.S. Capitol, bounded by Independence Ave., South Capitol St., First St., and C St. SW
Metro Accessible: Capitol South

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. | Early Afternoon Panels (choose one or none)

Travel with Purpose – The best memories are made when you are out seeing the world around you! It is important to experience new cultures, meet new people, try different foods, and push out of your comfort zone. This panel will offer you the travel inspiration to visit those far-away lands and ignite your inner explorer!

2168 Rayburn House Office Building
The Gold Room
Southwest of the U.S. Capitol, bounded by Independence Ave., South Capitol St., First St., and C St. SW
Metro Accessible: Capitol South

Inspirational and Empowering Women – Girls have the power to transform themselves, their communities and the world around them. All around the world there are female leaders who are lighting the way for future generations. We will be shining a spotlight on those trailblazers and learning about their journey’s and how they got to where they are today!

National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005
Metro Accessible: Metro Center

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. | Late Afternoon Panel (choose one or none)

Sports, Health, and Wellness – What does it take to thrive in the sports world? This panel will showcase varying careers in the world of sports. You’ll hear from athletes, the people who support them, and everyone in between.

Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy
3675 Ely Pl SE
Washington, DC 20019

BUSES WILL BE PROVIDED
Please meet outside of Nationals Park on First Street SE at 3:15 p.m. Buses will pick up medalists to bring them to the Youth Baseball Academy. Following the panel, buses will return medalists to the exact same location outside of Nationals Park.
Metro Accessible: Navy Yard-Ballpark

Washington Nationals Experience
11:30 a.m. | Nationals On-Field Photo

Nationals Park
1500 S. Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Metro accessible: Navy Yard-Ballpark

Please meet at the entrance to the ballpark by 11:15 a.m. on First Street SE, as we will be entering the park together as a group at 11:30 a.m. As the park will not be open to the public only medalists will be allowed to enter for the photo. All parents and guests must wait outside.

7:05 p.m. | Washington Nationals vs Atlanta Braves

Nationals Park
1500 S. Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Metro accessible: Navy Yard-Ballpark

Each Gold Medalist will be provided with up to four complimentary tickets (one for the medalist and three for their guests). Each ticket will be pre-loaded with a $25 food/beverage credit to be used throughout the ballpark.

Gold Medalists and guests will be seated in nearby sections. Please be aware that the camera will pan to our sections during the game (exact time TBD) and photos/video of Gold Medalists will be displayed on screen.

Additional tickets are available for purchase through a custom Washington Nationals ticketing link. These tickets are $25/seat and will be available for purchase through June 7.