Faculty & Staff

Group of faculty processing in to the ceremony

If you’re a faculty or staff member, you are invited to participate in Commencement Week activities.

Registration for Commencement 2017

Members of the faculty are invited to march in the procession at Commencement on the National Mall on Sunday, May 21.

If you are a member of the faculty and would like to participate in Commencement on the National Mall, please register to participate. You must provide your own regalia for the event.

Purchasing and/or Renting Regalia

After Friday, April 14, faculty can only rent regalia at the GW Campus Store, from Wednesday, May 17 to Saturday, May 21. Emergency rentals only on Sunday, May 21. 

Reimbursements for Faculty Regalia

If you’re a full-time tenure or tenure-track faculty member, you are eligible to receive up to a $200 reimbursement toward your academic regalia purchase.

Submit your reimbursement by Thursday, June 1, 2017 through iBuy. Review these instructions to process your reimbursements. If you have any questions, please contact Shelly Shearer at shellshearer@gwu.edu.


Honorary Degree Nominations 

Honorary degrees are awarded to individuals who inspire the graduating class, bring honor to the university, and pay tribute to our diverse nation. Faculty can nominate individuals for honorary degrees by completing an honorary degree nomination form and/or send the form via email to Aaron Kramer, Faculty Affairs, alk72487@gwu.edu or Stephanie Holzbauer, Events & Venues, eventsvenue@gwu.edu.


Staff Volunteer Opportunities

As a staff member, you can volunteer to help out with Commencement on the National Mall. Volunteer tasks vary, but may include:

  • Supervising student volunteers

  • Greeting guests

  • Assisting graduates, faculty and platform parties

  • Leading academic processions

If you’re interested in volunteering, please submit your request to University Events.