GW 2015 Commencement


2015 Commencement Countdown


Commencement 2015: May 12-17

University Commencement: May 17, 2015

2015 Commencement Speakers

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, is the 2015 Commencement speaker.

Tim Cook, Apple CEO and University Commencement Speaker

As this year’s University Commencement speaker, Mr. Cook will receive an honorary doctorate of public service and deliver remarks to an estimated 25,000 graduates and guests at a ceremony like no other in the world on the National Mall.

Meet the University Commencement Speaker
Richard Ruiz, the 2015 student speaker.

Richard Ruiz, 2015 Student Speaker

Graduate student and U.S. Marine Captain Richard Ruiz has been chosen as the 2015 student speaker for Commencement. He will share his story of becoming a teenage father and husband, then perservering to become a decorated officer and earning an advanced degree.

Meet the student speaker

Information for Graduates and Guests

Group of graduates standing, clapping and cheering at University Commencement.

What Graduates Need to Know

All GW graduates who want to participate in Commencement ceremonies have to take certain steps to be able to do so. Some of these deadlines have passed for 2015 Commencement, but there are still things you need to know leading up to Commencement Week

Find out what to do to celebrate Commencement
Group of Women Celebrating Commencement

What Families and Guests Need to Know

Families and guests are an important part of our Commencement ceremonies. There is key information to prepare with and steps you can take to make the day of ceremonies easier.

Prepare to celebrate with your graduates