About Commencement

President Knapp at Commencement

The George Washington University’s (GW) Commencement is a hallmark event for all community members. While each school holds its own ceremony, University Commencement on the National Mall includes graduates from all degree levels and schools. Graduating students will take the first step of their lifelong journey as GW alumni with the nation’s most recognizable landmarks and monuments serving as a backdrop.

Commencement Week 2017 will take place from Tuesday, May 16, to Sunday, May 21, culminating in the University Commencement held between the Washington Monument and Constitution Avenue, NW. 

Other university events will include individual school celebrations, the Interfaith Baccalaureate Service, the Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony, and other special receptions. Learn more about these individual recognition ceremonies and find out when they take place by reviewing the 2017 Commencement Schedule.


2016 Videos


Previous Years

Tim Cook giving his Commencement address

Tim Cook, Apple CEO, Speech

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Richard Ruiz giving his Commencement address

Richard Ruiz, 2015 Student Speaker

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B roll footage

Commencement B Roll

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