How to Register for Commencement Week Events

Student Registration Instructions

Graduating students, use the steps below to register yourselves and your guests for Commencement Week events. 

Create Your Account

1. Look for an email from [email protected] with the subject line "Register for Commencement Week."

Screenshot displays an email inbox highlighting an unread email from sender "Commencement" with subject line "register for commencement week"

2. Click the link in the email to set your password and gain access to the site.

Screenshot displays an email from the Commencement registration system with a red circle highlighting the hyperlinked text "set password here"

 

Set Your Password

1. Make sure your password meets the criteria.

Screenshot displays the screen for setting your account password

2. Click on Set Password.

Screenshot highlights the "set password" button in the commencement registration system
Register for Events

1. Review the list of ceremonies you are eligible for. Click "Register Here" when you are ready to register for an event.

Screenshot displays a list of commencement week events, highlighting the "register here" button for the Columbian College celebration. A tooltip for the button reads "click here to access your form"

2. Indicate whether you will attend your main school celebration or ceremony.

Screenshot of the ceremony RSVP page with the question "do you plan to participate in the graduation celebration?" with an answer selection of "Yes, I plan to participate"

3. Review the list of associated events, receptions, or ceremonies you are eligible for. Indicate your RSVP and guest count for each one. Associated events do not require tickets for guest, but there is a guest limit to ensure space for all.

Screenshot of the ceremony registration page with the question "Will you attend the Chemistry Department reception?" With the answer "Yes, I will attend." Below, there is an unanswered question asking how many guests, including yourself, will attend the reception
Review Your Name and Pronunciation

Note: The option to have your name read aloud by the Marching Order closed on April 26. 

1. Review your chosen name in the Graduate Information section.

Screenshot of the ceremony registration page displaying the field for reviewing your chosen name

2. Retype phonetics if necessary.

Registration page field for retyping phonetics is displayed with "Martha Washington" spelled out phonetically in the field

3. Record your name using one of the provided options.

Screenshot of the record your name field displays options to record via an automated phone call or via your microphone
Manage Guest Tickets

1. Indicate whether you or your guests need accessibility accommodations during the celebration. Check the Commencement accessibility page for more details.

A screenshot of the special accommodations section shows a "no" response to the graduate accommodation request question, a "yes" response to the guest accommondation request question, and a selection of "wheelchair and companion seating" to the guest accommodation details question

2. Select the number of tickets needed for guests planning to attend the celebration or ceremony.

A screenshot of guest ticket selection on the ceremony registration page highlights a selection of 6 guest tickets

3. Click on Submit to complete your registration and claim your guest tickets. You can edit your registration later.

Screenshot displays the submit button of the ceremony registration page
Complete Registration and Retrieve Guest Tickets

1. Confirm your name by clicking submit.

Confirmation pop-up window asking user to confirm their full name

2. Confirm the number of guest tickets you have requested.

Screenshot displays a pop-up window requesting the user to confirm that they selected 6 guest tickets. The "continue" button is highlighted, the "return to request screen" button is not highlighted

3. Click on "Get your tickets" to email tickets to your guests, to yourself, or to print them out.

Screenshot displays the "registration complete" page with the button "get your tickets" highlighted

4. Toggle off the "Selected to Print" button for tickets you wish to email.

Screenshot displays the ticket retrieval page with all available tickets displayed. Each ticket has a "print" button and an "email to guest" button. The "print" button is highlighted.

5. Type the email address where you'd like to send tickets, then click on "E-mail Ticket"

Screenshot displays the ticket retrieval page with all available tickets displayed. Each ticket has a "print" button and an "email to guest" button with an email entry field. The first email field is filled in.

6. Look for an email with "Registration Successful" in the subject line to confirm your registration for your celebration. You will receive a separate confirmation email for each celebration you attend, corresponding to each form you fill out.

Screenshot displays an email inbox highlighting an unread email from sender "Commencement" with subject line "Commencement Week: Columbian College of Arts & Sciences Masters Program Registration Successful"
Modify Your Registration

If you need to change your registration, there is a link to do so in your confirmation email. Click on Log Back In.

Screenshot displays a celebration registration confirmation email with a circle highlighting the hyperlinked text "log back in"
Help Guests Locate Tickets

1. To help your guests locate their tickets, ask them to look for an email with "GW Commencement Week, Your Ticket Is Here" in the subject line.

Screenshot of an unopened email from "Commencement" with subject line "GW Commencement Week, School of Engineering and Applied Science: Your Ticket is Here"

2. Upon opening the email, click the link to access your ticket. The QR code can be printed, or showed on a phone or other device at the event. There is only one ticket per email.

Guest ticket email screenshot showing the hyperlinked text "click here to access your ticket"
Sample QR code screenshot

Important: Make sure each of your guests has a unique QR code and ticket number in the top right hand corner of the ticket. Any ticket that is re-sent will contain the same QR code as the previously sent version, and will only allow admission for one. Duplicate tickets will be denied entry to events.

Claim Additional Tickets

If you are in the School of Nursing, School of Business, or GSEHD: Log in to Marching Order, and click the “Register Here” button under your school celebration. Scroll down to the “Graduation Celebration Tickets” section, and use the drop down to claim a new allotment of tickets. Complete the process by clicking “Submit”. On the next screen, click “Get Tickets”. Assign your new tickets to your guests using the same process that you assigned your first set of tickets.

For all other schools and Commencement on the National Mall: Log into MarchingOrder, and click “Access Guest Tickets” under your school celebration. Additional tickets will appear here. Assign your new tickets to your guests using the same process that you assigned your first set of tickets.

Important: For each event, make sure each of your guests has a unique QR code and ticket number in the top right hand corner of the ticket. Any ticket that is re-sent will contain the same QR code as the previously sent version, and will only allow admission for one. Duplicate tickets will be denied entry to events. 

Faculty Registration Instructions

Please register via MarchingOrder using the steps below to indicate your attendance at Commencement ceremonies. Faculty may register through Friday, May 3.

If you are a faculty member who is also graduating, please be sure to register as a graduate using the student instructions

Log in to MarchingOrder

1. Set a password to access the registration site, Marching Order  Use your @gwu.edu email address, do not use your personal email address to register. 

Screenshot of the register with email field in MarchingOrder system

2. After entering your email address, you will receive an email with the subject line, “Marching Order Password Request”. Click on the “Set Password Here” link to set a password.

Screenshot of the Marching Order password request email with a "set password here" hyperlink

3. A browser window should open. Set a password for your account.

password creation screen in Marching Order displays an enter password field and a confirm password field
Registering for Events

1. After creating your password, you will be redirected to the registration site.  Click on the “Register Here” button to continue. If you are not redirected, use this Marching Order login link to enter your GW email address and password.

Screenshot of the faculty and staff ceremony registration portal displays a register here button

2. Indicate whether you plan to participate in Commencement Week by using the drop down to select “Yes” or “No.”

Registration screen displays the form question "do you plan to participate in commencement week" with a selection of "yes"

3. Using the checkboxes, indicate how you will participate in an event(s). Both options can be selected.

Registration screen displays the question "how will you be participating in an event?" with 2 checked answers: "as part of the procession" and "as a guest in the audience"

4. Using the checkboxes, select ceremonies from the list for which you will be part of the Stage Party and/or that you will attend as a guest. Then click “Submit” at the bottom of the form.

Registration screen displays a list of events with checkboxes next to them. The question asks during which events will the faculty member be part of the procession.
Registration screen displays a list of events with checkboxes next to them. The question asks during which events will the faculty member attend as a guest in the audience.
Accessing Your GradPass

1. Click on "Get your GradPass" to receive a digital pass valid for all events you will attend.

"registration complete" screen displays a "get your grad pass" button

2. GradPass (sample below) can be printed or shown digitally. Bring this to the ceremonies you attend.

Screenshot of a sample gradpass displaying attendee name, event details and a QR code

If you experience issues or difficulty with your registration, please contact the Commencement Office at [email protected].