Download a map of this year's Commencement site to see seating, graduate line-up locations and more.
Commencement Schedule for Families & Guests
Guests can arrive to University Commencement as soon as 7:00 a.m. and must be seated by 9:00 a.m. Graduate processions begin at 9:30 a.m. Review the alternate site plan and stay informed with Campus Advisories.
GW's committment to accessibility also applies to all of our Commencement ceremonies. We provide services such as support for wheelchair users and sign language interpreters for graduates and guests in attendance who need them.
Transportation & Parking
We encourage all attendees to take the Metro to the National Mall for University Commencement.
Get Tickets from Your Graduate
While families and guests are invited to celebrate their graduate, tickets are required for University Commencement and individual recognition ceremonies. Your graduates are responsible for obtaining these tickets and distributing them to you prior to each event.
Photos & Videos
Within seven days, graduates should receive a link and proof of a photo of them walking across the stage at their school ceremony. You can order online or call 800-261-2576. You can also purchase DVDs of school celebrations and University Commencement or order by email or phone (301-938-0468).
If you’re interested in other memorabilia, like t-shirts, mugs or hats, the GW Campus Store has many offerings. You can visit while you are on campus or order your gear online.