Commencement Schedule

Graduates standing and cheering at Commencement

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 15, 2016 

  • 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

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Athletics Commencement

3:00 p.m.
Dorothy Betts Theatre, Marvin Center, 1st Floor
800 21st Street NW
Please note that this event is for students competing in tournaments during Commencement weekend.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Milken Institute School of Public Health Celebration

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

School of Business Undergraduate Programs Celebration

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

Senior Toast and Class Picture

4:00 p.m.
University Yard

MSSC Multicultural Graduation Celebration

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

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

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

Friday, May 13, 2016

Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Commissioning Ceremony

8:00 a.m. 
Marine Corps War Memorial (rain location: Dorothy Betts Theatre, Marvin Center, 1st Floor 800 21st Street NW)

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Master's and Doctoral Programs Celebration

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

Legacy Family Commencement Reception

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Alumni House, 1918 F Street NW

School of Business Master's and Doctoral Programs Celebration

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

School of Nursing Celebration

6:30 p.m. 
Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street NW

School of Engineering and Applied Science Celebration

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

Saturday, May 14, 2016

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

Sunday, May 15, 2016

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