GW staff in academic dress during 2018 Commencement ceremony

Faculty & Staff


Members of the faculty are invited to march in the procession at Commencement on the National Mall on Sunday, May 17, 2020. 

Members of the faculty, who would like to participate in Commencement on the National Mall, will be able to register at a later date. You must provide your own regalia for the event.

If you have any questions, please contact University Events at 202-994-7129 or [email protected].


Purchasing & Renting Regalia

Faculty and staff members can purchase regalia at the Faculty Regalia Sale 2019: November 13  & 14; at the Faculty Regalia Sale 2020: February 19 & 20; and at the Grad Fair 2020: March 31-April 2. Stay tuned for more details. 

Reimbursements for Faculty Regalia

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

Submit your reimbursement by Friday, May 29, 2020, through iBuy. Review these instructions (PDF) to process your reimbursements. If you have any questions, please contact Shelly Shearer at [email protected].

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, [email protected].

Watch: President Emeritus Steven Knapp Receives an Honorary Degree in 2018



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 GW Events.