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Frequently Asked Questions

The information below pertains to Commencement Week 2022.

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What is Commencement?

University Commencement brings together students from all of The George Washington University's (GW) schools for the conferral of their degrees. The ceremony takes place on the National Mall and is open to all 2022 graduates, from associate's, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs, to come and celebrate their achievements. This event includes remarks from GW leadership and other speakers.

When and where is the Commencement Ceremony taking place?

We will celebrate the Class of 2022 on Sunday, May 15, 2022. More information is forthcoming.

When does registration open?

Registration information is forthcoming.

If I was unable to participate in the October 2021 Commencement celebrations for the Classes of 2020 and 2021, can I still participate in Commencement 2022?

Only eligible graduates from the Class of 2022 may attend. 

Will guests be able to attend?

Class of 2022 graduates who have registered for Commencement may bring up to six guests. The registration system will provide an opportunity to submit their details at the time of registration.

I am an alum. Can I attend the Commencement ceremony as a guest?

Alumni from previous graduating classes are welcome to attend Commencement as registered guests of 2022 graduates.

I am an alum. Can I attend Commencement as a guest?  Do I need a ticket?

Alumni from previous graduating classes are welcome to attend Commencement on the National Mall as registered guests of 2022 graduates.

Are graduates’ names announced at Commencement? Will graduates get to walk across the stage?

Names are not announced and graduates do not walk across the stage at Commencement. Graduates receive individual recognition, including having their names announced and walking across the stage, at school and college celebrations.

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School Celebrations

When will School Celebrations occur?

All schools and colleges will host a celebratory experience for their graduating students. Graduating students will receive individual recognition during these celebrations, and they will hear from school leaders and other prestigious speakers.

How do I register for my School Celebration?

Information about registration is forthcoming.


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Regalia and Keepsakes

Where can I find more information about regalia purchase or rental?

Information about ordering regalia is forthcoming.

Where do I find information about cords, medals, certificates, or pins?

For more information contact your school or society.


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Celebrating Online

What if I can’t attend the in-person ceremony?

University Commencement will be live-streamed on the web and social media on the day of the event. Viewing options will be posted on the Commencement homepage on the day of the event.

What if I can’t tune in for the Commencement live stream? 

Following the live streaming of the event, a video recording will be posted on the Commencement website for later viewing. Recordings will be posted soon after the original airing.


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