Transportation, Accessibility & Parking

 

Transportation

GW encourages parents, guests and graduates to take the Metro to the National Mall. The Metro opens at 7:00 a.m. on Sundays.

Green and Yellow Metro Rail Lines

From north of Washington, DC:

Directions to the Greenbelt Metro Station, which services the Green and Yellow Lines. (Allow for 40 minutes of travel time.)

From south of Washington, DC:

Directions to the Branch Avenue Metro Station, which services the Green Line. (Allow for 30 minutes of travel time.)

Directions to the Huntington Metro Station, which services the Yellow Line. (Allow for 35 minutes of travel time.)

Exit Stations:

Orange and Blue Metro Rail Lines

From east of Washington, DC:

Directions to the New Carrollton Metro Station, which services the Orange Line. (Allow for 30 minutes of travel time.)

Directions to the Largo Town Center Metro Station, which services the Blue Line.  (Allow for 40 minutes of travel time.)

From west of Washington, DC:

Directions to the Vienna Metro Station, which services the Orange Line. (Allow for 45 minutes of travel time.)

Directions to the Franconia Springfield Metro Station, which services the Blue Line. (Allow for 50 minutes of travel time.)

Exit Stations:

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Accessibility

Guests who are wheelchair users or who have severe mobility disabilities

The section of seating that is closest to the Smithsonian Metro Station is reserved for guests who are wheelchair users or who have severe mobility disabilities. Ushers and official Commencement staff will be available to assist with seating. Wheelchair-accessible restrooms will be available on the National Mall. 

All campus buildings are wheelchair-accessible. If you have questions about accommodations for guests who are wheelchair users or have severe mobility disabilities attending the school celebrations in Lisner Auditorium, the Charles E. Smith Center or Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, please contact your school directly.

Resources for the wheelchair users or individuals who have severe mobility issues in Washington, D.C.

Visit the disability guide for more information. Rent or purchase wheelchairs, contact Scoot Around at 888-441-7575 or visit their website.

Graduates who are wheelchair users or who have severe mobility disabilities

All campus buildings are wheelchair-accessible. Graduates who are wheelchair users or who have severe mobility disabilities should contact University Events at 202-994-7129 or by email as soon as possible and before Friday, April 17, 2015, to make the necessary arrangements for University Commencement.

Graduates should contact their school directly to make the necessary arrangements for their School Celebration.

Sign Language Interpreters

Sign language interpreters will be provided at University Commencement on the National Mall. If you wish to be seated near an interpreter at the ceremony, please contact University Events at 202-994-7129 or by email before Friday, April 17, 2015, to make arrangements for special seating.

Sign language interpreters will be provided at other Commencement Weekend events on an as needed basis. Please complete a Special Events Interpreter Form before Friday, April 17, 2015, to request an interpreter at a specific celebration.

Graduates should contact their school directly if they have additional questions about services provided at their School Celebration.

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Parking

GW is an urban campus in the heart of downtown DC and parking is extremely limited.  Commencement 2015 guests are strongly advised to leave their vehicles parked at hotels and take Metro, walk, or take taxis to get to campus.  Be sure to check the status of the Washington Metro to plan your route on public transportation.

If parking on or near campus is your only option, please factor in additional time to locate a parking spot.  The availability of campus parking is extremely limited and not guaranteed.  Guests may be redirected to seek parking in other public locations further away from the campus. The University parking garages are wheelchair-accessible.

For cars towed on campus, call GWPD (202-994-6110).

Please review the GW Transportation & Parking Services for additional information.

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