Individual Recognition Ceremonies

School Celebrations

At the school celebrations students are called individually to cross the stage, however, degrees are not conferred. Each school organizes its own celebration. If graduates have any questions about the celebration, they should contact their school directly. 

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

The Doctoral Hooding Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at Charles E. Smith Center. 
This ceremony honors doctoral candidates for the accomplishments that they have made to acquire the highest earned degrees – Doctor of Philosophy; Doctor of Psychology; Doctor of Science; Doctor of Education; Doctor of Public Health; and Doctor of Nursing Practice - available in the world of learning.
A reception will be held immediately following the ceremony in Oglethorpe Great Hall, Duquès Hall.  Candidates should wear their academic regalia to the ceremony. Hoods will be given to each candidate before the ceremony and formally presented during the ceremony

Tickets for Doctoral Hooding

Candidates will receive ten (10) guest tickets.  Ticket Distribution Schedule will be available for review on Monday, February 23, 2015.  If candidates need extra tickets, they can add their information to the wait list, beginning February 1, 2015.
The wait list does not operate on a first-come, first-served basis.  Instead, if extra tickets are made available everyone on the list will receive an equal number of tickets.  Individuals who have been wait-listed for extra tickets will be notified after Thursday, April 30, 2015. 

Regalia for Doctoral Hooding

Regalia can be purchased during the Faculty Regalia Sale, scheduled on Thursday, December 4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Friday, December 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the GW Bookstore  The custom regalia price for candidates is $665.20.  During the sale, it will be $615.20. This price will only be offered until Wednesday, December 31.  If you cannot attend the Faculty Regalia Sale, you can order your regalia by calling 703-368-9550, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by email.  
Regalia can also be purchased during the Doctoral Regalia Sale, scheduled from Tuesday, February 24 through Thursday, February 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  During the sale, the custom regalia price will be $665.20.
After the Doctoral Regalia Sale, candidates will be able to rent their regalia online by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 5.  Please select the "Order a Cap and Gown" option. After Sunday, April 5, regalia can be rented at the GW Bookstore between Wednesday, May 13 to Saturday, May 16.  Emergency rentals only on Sunday, May 17.  Candidates can also purchase regalia online by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1.  Please select the "Order Custom Regalia Option" from the Herff Jones website.
All regalia rental returns can be either mailed to the bookstore or dropped off at the bookstore during normal business hours on Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16.  In addition, drop off bins will be set up in front of the bookstore, from when the bookstore closes until 10 p.m. on Friday, May 15. 
If you plan to participate in Commencement on the National Mall, scheduled on Sunday, May 18, regalia rental returns can also be dropped off the following week at the bookstore. 

Diploma for Doctoral Hooding

Candidates may pick up their diplomas after Commencement on the National Mall in the Registrar’s Office, Colonial Central, located on the Marvin Center Ground Floor, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Candidates will need to present a valid photo ID to claim their diploma.  Alternatively, diplomas may be picked up the following week, Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Registrar’s Office, Colonial Central. Doctoral diplomas not picked up by Friday, May 22, will be mailed to candidates’ diploma addresses.

Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious academic honor society in the country.  GW students who place in the top ten percent of the senior class and the top one percent of the junior class are invited to join Phi Beta Kappa by the president of the university. 
The Phi Beta Kappa Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 15, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in Lisner Auditorium. 
This event is by invitation only and tickets are required.  Tickets will be distributed to invited members.  For questions about Phi Beta Kappa, please contact the GWU chapter by email