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Commencement Details

University Commencement brings students from all of the George Washington University's (GW) schools together for the celebration of their degrees. Graduates rise as their degrees are announced by their deans and celebrated by President Thomas J. LeBlanc.

This year, we are thrilled to invite our Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 graduates and their families to the National Mall for University Commencement on Saturday, October 2, 2021. 



Commencement speaker U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren



Sen. Elizabeth Warren to Deliver October Commencement Keynote Address 

Public health leader Anthony Fauci, faculty members Cindy Liu and Andrew Maurano will be awarded the President’s Medal.



Speakers and Awardees




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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 is committed to providing an accessible experience. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs. Please be sure to indicate any accessibility accommodations needed when you register.

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Watch Online

Unable to attend in person? You can watch the ceremony on this website. More information about how to watch online will be forthcoming. 


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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

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

Visit the GW Student Employment website to apply.