Commencement Week is full of exciting events to celebrate your accomplishments, including University Commencement on the National Mall.
As you prepare to celebrate, you need to:
- Apply to graduate
- Pre-order, purchase, or rent your regalia (cap and gown) in March
- Review your diploma details by confirming diploma address and name
- Get information on your tickets (pickup/mailing is in April)
- Sign up for the Alumni Association to stay connected and help your job search
As a degree-seeking student, you are required to apply for graduation by submitting a graduation application in GWeb.
This applies to all programs except Law (J.D., LL.M) and SMHS-Medicine (M.D.). If you’re a Law or Medicine student, you cannot apply for graduation through GWeb. Instead, please submit an Application for Graduation (PDF) to your dean’s office.
If you miss the deadline, submit a Late Application (PDF) to your dean’s office. You will be charged a $35 late fee.
Students graduating in Spring 2020 should submit their graduation application by February 1, 2020.
Students graduating in Summer and participating in Spring ceremonies should submit their graduation application by March 15, 2020.
Tickets are not required for Commencement on the National Mall but we ask that you register your guests in advance. Tickets for your school or college's ceremony are distributed in the Spring semester.
Wear your academic dress to University Commencement, school celebrations and individual recognition ceremonies, such as the Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony.
All graduates will receive diplomas by mail after Commencement. Diplomas are mailed to graduates' online application, diploma or permanent addresses on file approximately 6-8 weeks after Commencement. If your address has changed, email [email protected]. Per university policy, diplomas will not be distributed to individuals who have a financial obligation to the university.
You can confirm your diploma name by logging into BanWeb, going to the “Student Records and Registration Menu” tab and clicking “View Application to Graduate.” The “Diploma Name” field displays how your name will be printed on your diploma. You may also visit the Office of the Registrar at Colonial Central. If you need to change your diploma name, complete a Name/SSN/DOB Update Form (PDF) and be prepared to provide a government-issued ID and/or one of the documents indicated in the form instructions. Be sure to complete this process prior to the published deadlines to allow time for processing. If your name is changed after your diploma is ordered, then re-order fees will apply in order to obtain an updated copy. Please note that prior earned credentials (ie. M.D., J.D., etc.) will not be included on your diploma.
Keeps from the Commencement Ceremony will be available to purchase. Photos will be taken of you by a professional photographer when you cross the stage during your school celebration. You will receive an email link and a free passport-sized digital proof of your photos three to seven days after your school celebration. Commencement on the National Mall and school celebrations are videoed and a DVD of the events can be purchased.
The Senior Class Gift Campaign, a tradition at GW since the 1980s, is a way for each class to leave their legacy on the university through philanthropic efforts.