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Commencement Details


Due to recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pertaining to the rising number  of COVID-19 cases nationally and in the D.C. region, the George Washington University has made the difficult decision to host a virtual degree conferral ceremony on Sunday, May 17, 2020 in place of 2020 Commencement on the National Mall.

Based on feedback from GW students, who overwhelmingly said they want to have their #OnlyatGW moment and graduate on the national mall, the class of 2020 is invited to join our Bicentennial Commencement on the National Mall in May 2021.

Thank you for your patience as we sort through specifics. More informaiton about the virtual ceremony officially awarding degrees will be announced in the coming weeks. 




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A One-of-a-kind Location for Your Big Day

GW is the only university in Washington, D.C., to host Commencement on the National Mall. Surrounded by the iconic memorials and monuments of the Mall, graduates will gather together one last time in celebration with their friends and family. 



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GW's commitment to accessibility applies to all of our Commencement ceremonies. We provide services such as support for wheelchair users and sign language interpreters for graduates and guests in attendance who need them.

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Watch Online

Unable to attend the ceremonies? You can watch all of the ceremonies on this website. University Commencement on the National Mall will also be shown on our Facebook Page.



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Work at Commencement

University Commencement is an exciting day, not just for our graduates and their guests, but for the entire GW community. Students who are not graduating can join the celebration by applying to work at Commencement. If selected, you can be a part of an important tradition at the university.

Our student workers:

  • Enjoy interacting with fellow members of the GW community
  • Earn extra money for the summer
  • Get to see their friends graduate
  • Enjoy an extended stay in their residence hall until May 18, 2020, with no charge.

Commencement Student Staff greet guests, assist with seating, manage crowd control, and other responsibilities to support the event.

Registration is now closed.