2019 Commencement Week Schedule

Students cheering at Commencement on the National Mall

 

Commencement at the George Washington University is more than just one event on a single day — you can take part in University Commencement on the National Mall, your individual school celebration ceremonies, and other events scheduled throughout the week.                                                   

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University Commencement

University Commencement takes place on the National Mall on Sunday, May 19, 2019. It is open to all graduates, from bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs, to come and celebrate their achievements. This event requires tickets and includes remarks from leadership, the commencement speaker, and the honorary degree recipients. Visit Planning for more information about arrival, assembly, and processions.

View the entire 2019 Commencement Schedule, see below. 

School of Nursing Celebration

9:00 a.m.
Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street NW

MSSC Multicultural Graduation Celebration

10:30 a.m.
Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street NW

School of Business Undergraduate Programs Celebration

1:00 p.m.
Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street NW

School of Engineering and Applied Science Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

1:30 p.m.
Marvin Center First Floor, Dorothy Betts Theatre, 800 21st Street NW 

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

5:00 p.m.
Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street NW

Milken Institute School of Public Health Celebration

5:00 p.m.
Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street NW

 

Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Commissioning Ceremony 

8:00 a.m.
Lincoln Memorial, 2 Lincoln Memorial Circle NW
Rain site: Marvin Center First Floor, Dorothy Betts Theatre, 800 21st Street NW

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Master's Programs Ceremony

8:30 a.m.
Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street NW 

Elliott School of International Affairs Celebration

11:30 a.m.
Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street NW

Graduate School of Education and Human Development Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

12:00 p.m.
Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street NW 

Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony

3:00 p.m.
Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street NW

School of Business Master's and Doctoral Programs Celebration

3:00 p.m.
Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street NW

Senior Class Toast and Picture

4:00 p.m.
University Yard, H Street between 20th and 21st Streets NW
Rain site: Marvin Center Grand Ballroom, 800 21st Street NW

School of Engineering and Applied Science Celebration

7:00 p.m.
Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street NW

 

Graduate School of Education and Human Development Celebration 

8:30 a.m.
Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street NW

University Interfaith Baccalaureate Service

9:30 a.m.
Western Presbyterian Church, 2401 Virginia Avenue NW

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Degree Programs Celebration #1

12:00 p.m.
Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street NW

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Degree Programs Celebration #2

3:30 p.m.
Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street NW

School of Medicine and Health Sciences - Health Sciences Celebration

4:00 p.m.
Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street NW

College of Professional Studies Celebration

7:30 p.m.
Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street NW

University Commencement 

9:30 a.m.
The National Mall

School of Medicine and Health Sciences - M.D. Celebration

2:30 p.m.
Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street NW

Law School Celebration

2:30 p.m.
Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street NW

School Celebration Ceremonies

Each school also has additional ceremonies to honor their graduates. Tickets are also required for guests to attend these events. 

View information for your school celebration ceremonies, see below.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
5:00 p.m.
Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street NW

 

Friday, May 17, 2019

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Master's Programs Ceremony
8:30 a.m. 
Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street NW

 

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Degree Programs Celebration #1
12:00 p.m. 
Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street NW


Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Degree Programs Celebration #2
3:30 p.m. 
Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street NW

Saturday, May 18, 2019

College of Professional Studies Celebration
7:30 p.m. 
Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street NW

For more information, visit the College of Professional Studies' website.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Elliott School of International Affairs Celebration
11:30 a.m. 
Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street NW

Friday, May 17, 2019

Graduate School of Education and Human Development Hooding Ceremony
12:00 p.m. 
Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street NW

 

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Graduate School of Education and Human Development Celebration
8:30 a.m. 
Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street NW

 

For more information, visit the Graduate School of Education and Human Development's Commencement website. 

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Law School Celebration
2:30 p.m. 
Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street NW

Thursday, May 16, 2019

School of Business Undergraduate Programs Celebration
1:00 p.m. 
Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street NW

 

Friday, May 17, 2019

School of Business Master's and Doctoral Programs Celebration
3:00 p.m. 
Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street NW

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Milken Institute School of Public Health Celebration
5:00 p.m. 
Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street NW

 

For more information, visit the Milken Institute School of Public Health's Commencement website.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

School of Engineering and Applied Science Doctoral Hooding Ceremony 
1:30 p.m. 
Marvin Center First Floor, Dorothy Betts Theatre, 800 21st Street NW

 

Friday, May 17, 2019

School of Engineering and Applied Science Celebration
7:00 p.m. 
Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street NW

Saturday, May 18, 2019

School of Medicine and Health Sciences - Health Sciences Celebration
4:00 p.m. 
Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street NW

 

Sunday, May 19, 2019

School of Medicine and Health Sciences - M.D. Celebration
2:30 p.m. 
Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street NW

Thursday, May 16, 2019

School of Nursing Celebration
9:00 a.m. 
Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street NW