2019 Gold Medal Ceremony

We are thrilled to announce the 2019 Gold Medal Ceremony & Events will take place in our nation’s capital from Wednesday, June 19 – Friday, June 21, 2019.

This annual ceremony will celebrate over 400 of America’s most deserving youth who have committed themselves to years of goal-setting and community engagement in order to earn Congress’ highest honor.

Members of the United States Congress, partners, and industry and civic leaders will all participate in the multi-day celebration.

A list of 2019 Gold Medalists may be found here.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Check-In, Run-Through, & Networking
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location TBD

Learn what to expect for your ceremony, pick up your materials and event tickets, and get to know your fellow Gold Medalists!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Gold Medal Ceremonies
10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
U.S Capitol Visitor Center
Congressional Auditorium

Three ceremonies will take place throughout the day to accommodate guests. Gold Medalists are assigned to one ceremony by their state affiliation. Assignments will be provided in May, after all RSVPs are submitted.

Gold Medalist Group Photo
4:45 p.m.
Capitol Reflecting Pool

Immediately following the third ceremony, Medalists will be led to the group photo. Medalists from the first two ceremonies should meet at the photo location no later than 4:40 p.m. with their Gold Medal!

STEM Stars Reception
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Russell Senate Office Building
Kennedy Caucus Room (SR-325)

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.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Panel Discussions
Locations TBD

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
A Lifetime of Service OR Entrepreneurship

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Travel with Purpose OR Inspirational and Empowering Women

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Sports, Health, and Wellness

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.

Washington Nationals Experience
Nationals Ballpark

11:30 a.m. | Nationals On-Field Photo
7:05 p.m. | Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves

*Both the photo and MLB game will take place at Nationals Ballpark


Thank you to our partners at Washington Nationals Baseball Club for creating an exclusive experience for this year’s Gold Medalists.