Commencement 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 celebrations for the entire week. Events range from including the entire graduate community, to separate schools, to individual groups.

University Commencement takes place on the National Mall and 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 and speakers, and highlights honorary degree recipients.

Each school also has an additional ceremony to honor their graduates. Tickets are also required for guests to attend these events and each school can provide more information. Other individual recognition ceremonies pertain to specific groups, such as Phi Beta Kappa inductees, and usually require invites.

 

University Commencement Schedule on Sunday, May 21, 2017 

  • 7:00 a.m. Metro service begins

  • 8:30 a.m. Graduates should arrive wearing their regalia and line up by school

  • 8:30 a.m. Faculty should arrive wearing their regalia and report to the backstage area, located near 15th Street and Madison Drive, NW

  • 9:00 a.m. All guests should be seated

  • 9:30 a.m. Academic processions begin

  • 10:00 a.m. Ceremony begins

  • 11:30 a.m. Ceremony concludes

2017 Commencement Week Schedule

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Athletics Commencement

3:00 p.m.

Dorothy Betts Theatre, Marvin Center First Floor, 800 21st Street NW
Please note that this event is for students competing in tournaments during Commencement Weekend.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

MSSC Multicultural Graduation Celebration

11:00 a.m. 

Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street NW
 

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

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

 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Commissioning Ceremony

8:00 a.m. 

World War II Memorial, 1750 Independence Avenue SW
Rain site: Dorothy Betts Theatre, Marvin Center First Floor, 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

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

 

School of Engineering and Applied Science Celebration

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

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Graduate School of Education and Human Development Celebration

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

School of Nursing Celebration

9:00 a.m. 
Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st 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

Sunday, May 21, 2017

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