COVID-19 Update: 2020 Commencement

The George Washington University invites the class of 2020 to join us at our bicentennial Commencement on the National Mall in May 2021. We are also working now to find a virtual way to celebrate together on May 17, 2020, to officially award your degree and welcome you into our worldwide network of GW alumni. Thank you for your patience as we sort through the specifics.

Please share any suggestions you have at [email protected].


2020 Commencement on the National Mall will not be held in person due to the escalating threat of COVID-19. Please see the most recent announcement about this difficult decision in GW Today.




Watch 2019 University Commencement on the National Mall:




2019 University Commencement Speaker Savannah Guthrie:




Watch all the Speeches: 


Christine Darden, Former NASA Engineer and GW alum


Cindy McCain, Business Woman and Philanthropist


Tyriana Evans, SMPA '19 and 2019 Student Speaker

Highlights from 2019


Three 2019 graduates jumping for joy



A group of 2019 graduates cheering. One is thrusting her fist into the air.

Savannah Guthrie delivering the 2019 Commencement Address

A group of 2019 doctoral graduates standing in a crowd


A graduate holding a very large carboard cutout of her friends head



A graduate cap with the Iron Throne from 'Game of Thrones' on it

2018 graduate waving his arms

2019 standing and cheering