GW Commencement


2018 Commencement: May 14-20




2018 Commencement Honorees

2018 GW Commencement Speaker Marcia McNutt, President of the National Academy of Sciences

2018 Commencement Speaker Marcia McNutt

Marcia McNutt was elected president of the National Academy of Sciences in 2016, becoming the first woman to hold the position. She also served as the director of the U.S. Geological Survey and was the first female editor-in-chief of the Science family of journals.

2018 GW Commencement Honoree Elana Meyers Taylor, Olympic Medalist and GW Alumna

Elana Meyers Taylor

Elana Meyers Taylor, B.S. ’07, will be awarded an honorary degree at commencement. Ms. Meyers Taylor is a three-time Olympic medalist and former standout Colonial softball player. Most recently, she received a silver medal for women’s bobsled at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

GW Commencement Tickets

Commencement and School Celebration Tickets

Graduates must pick up tickets for their guests to attend University Commencement on the National Mall and individual recognition ceremonies. You are responsible for taking the necessary actions to obtain tickets, which are distributed by your school.

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Academic dress


Graduates are required to wear academic dress (cap and gown) to Commencement ceremonies.

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