Family members excited and taking photos of graduates during GW Commencement

Plan Your Visit

Families and guests of our graduates are invited to Commencement Week events including University Commencement on the National Mall, school celebrations, receptions, and award ceremonies. We welcome visitors to our campus and want to make your visit as smooth as possible. 

Getting to Foggy Bottom Campus

Foggy Bottom is conveniently located in the heart of Washington, D.C., close to three major airports, including Ronald Reagan Washington National, Washington Dulles International, and Baltimore Washington International, as well as to Union Station where you can take the bus or train. The Foggy Bottom/GWU Metro stop is located right on campus, with service to the Orange, Blue, and Silver Metro lines.

Another popular way to get anywhere in the city is by bike. You can take advantage of over 4,000 bikes and 500+ bike stations around the District to bike to any of our events. Visit Capital Bikeshare for maps and details on how to access your bike to beat the traffic. 

Taxis are available throughout the city. Pricing depends on distance and the number of people. 


Foggy Bottom Campus Map (PDF)

Virtual Tour of Foggy Bottom Campus

Transportation to the National Mall

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We encourage you to take the Metro. You can use the yellow, green, orange, blue, and silver lines.

The most convenient exit stations for University Commencement on the National Mall are the Smithsonian Metro Station and Federal Triangle Metro Station. Use Metro’s trip planner and take travel time into consideration.

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Alternative Transportation

There are also various Capital Bikeshare stations around the city, including near our campus and the mall.

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Driving & Taxis

Parking is extremely limited. Taxis are available throughout the city.

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We urge guests to take the Metro, walk or take taxis during Commencement Week. If you do drive, parking is not guaranteed. For school celebrations or other events on campus, GW parking garages are available.  All GW parking garages are wheelchair accessible. 

Hotels and Lodging in Washington, D.C.

There are many options for lodging across the D.C. area, including some options that are close to the National Mall. Be sure to ask any hotel if they offer a discount for the weekend of GW’s Commencement.


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