2023 Rewind

A look back at some of the year's most impactful events, stories and moments.

A photo collage of highlights from 2023
January 02, 2024
Gonzaga Marketing & Communications
From ribbon-cutting with Governor Jay Inslee to cutting a rug with Dancing with the Stars' Derek Hough, enjoy ten of our favorite highlights from the past year.

10 Zag-to-Zag Advice for New Students

Can we get a "Go Zags!?" To kick off the school year, students shared some great advice with incoming freshman about how to make the most of their Gonzaga experience.


9 Gonzaga Hosts City Line Ribbon-Cutting

This summer Gonzaga hosted the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Spokane’s new City Line, a zero-emissions rapid-transit bus line. There are two stops on campus, and students, staff and faculty ride for free.

Read about the groundbreaking project


8 #SpikeinSpo

A screenshot of #spikeinspo posts on Instagram

Over the summer Spike explored Spokane to showcase some cool, off-campus spots. Where do you think he should go in 2024? Head to Instagram and let us know in the comments!

Check out Spike's adventures


7 A Masterclass with Bruce & Derek Hough

Derek Hough works with students

Gonzaga alum Bruce Hough (Organizational Leadership, 2019) and his Emmy award-winning son, Derek Hough of Dancing with the Stars, paid a visit to Spokane to share their father-son creation, “Lessons in Leadership From the Art of Dance” at the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center.

Revisit the incredible event


6 ESPN College GameDay Comes to Gonzaga

In February over 1,000 Gonzaga students -- many of whom had been waiting in line since 3 a.m. -- brought boundless energy to the Kennel for the live filming of ESPN College GameDay.


5 Gonzaga Recognized Among the Nation's Best

A family poses for a photo together on Move-in Day

This fall Gonzaga was recognized among the top 100 national universities by U.S. News & World Report for the fifth consecutive year.

See what else the report says about GU


4 Welcome, Class of 2023!

Gonzaga's College Hall

This August Gonzaga's Welcome Weekend saw the arrival of 1,273 first-year students and 132 transfer students on campus. For every emotional goodbye as families departed, there was an exciting opportunity for these Zags embarking on a new journey in a new place.

Get to know the class of 2027 


3 Drew Timme Owes Me An Apology

A family poses for a photo together on Move-in Day

During March Madness local actor Mark Robbins, aka "the guy in all those commercials with Drew Timme," penned a piece about his time with the Zag star.

Read Mark's story


2 Let Me Enfold Thee: An Essay on Basketball

Drew Timme stands next to actor Mark Robbins, who is standing on a crate to equal Timme's height

Another March Madness favorite, Gonzaga professor Shann Ray Ferch weaves together narratives that span from his days as a youngster hooping on Montana's Native American reservations to his career as a collegiate and professional player to the inspiration he's drawn from recent Gonzaga teams. 

Read Shann's essay


1 Zags to Infinity ... and Beyond! 

A look back on the year would not be complete without celebrating our amazing 2023 graduates. This spring, the Gonzaga community came together for a Commencement Weekend filled with courage, excitement and joyful tears.

Interested in more? Check out our top photos of 2023.