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Get Ready to Graduate


Commencement Week is full of exciting events to celebrate your accomplishments. As you prepare to celebrate, you need to:




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Application Deadlines

Students applying for a degree or certificate must be registered for coursework (or continuous enrollment) in the semester in which they intend to complete all academic requirements.

Requirements must be completed prior to the published graduation date for that semester. If your coursework ends after the graduation date for the semester then you should register and apply for the following semester. Review graduation deadlines.

Candidates for doctoral degrees may have earlier deadlines for completion of their degree requirements and should verify the ETD submission date with their department.



Grad Fair



2021 Virtual Grad Fair

Herff Jones, GW’s partner for ordering regalia and other graduation keepsakes, is offering a Virtual Grad Fair that is easily browsable via mobile and desktop. The Virtual Grad Fair allows students to learn more about the graduation products available and provides contact information for GW’s Herff Jones representative. Students can visit the Virtual Grad Fair online or text “GWU” to 844-411-4740.




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Update Your Address to Receive Your Diploma

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.

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Confirm Your Name is Correct for Your Diploma

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 contact the Student Services Hub for assistance. If you need to change your diploma name, complete a Biographical Update Form 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.