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 19, 2019. 

Members of the faculty, who would like to participate in Commencement on the National Mall may report to the backstage area by 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 19th. You must present your GWorld card for onsite registration. You must provide your own regalia for the event.

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


Purchasing & Renting Regalia

Custom regalia (regalia that reflects your alma mater) purchases take approximately six weeks from the time of purchase for manufacturing and shipping. We strongly recommend that you order by March 26th. Many faculty & staff choose to rent non-school-specific regalia which does not have the long lead time.

Purchase or rent regalia online

The last day to rent regalia online for direct shipment to your home or for on-campus pick-up is by midnight on April 10th. Online rental regalia orders will be available for pick-up and regalia can also be rented in-person from May 13th-May 18th in the GW Regalia Pop-up Shop, located in the Marvin Center Lower Level.

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 31, 2019, 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.