Commencement Celebrations

Photo of CPS Commencement ceremony






CPS Commencement Celebration

The CPS Commencement Celebration will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 7:30 pm in the Charles E. Smith Center. Immediately following the ceremony graduates and their guests are invited to a reception in the Marvin Center Grand Ballroom, 800 21st Street, NW.  Our commencement speaker is Dennis W. Johnson, Professor of Political Management at the Graduate School of Political Management.  Our student speaker is Megumi Voight from GSPM's Strategic Public Relations program. You will be able to view the ceremony live on UStream at you cannot join us live you will be able to see a recording of the ceremonies at that same link.

University Commencement Celebration

The University Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 9:30 am on the National Mall (between 4th and 7th Streets, NW) rain or shine (on-campus emergency plan will be announced).  This large ceremony consists of a processional, awards and prizes to faculty, conferral of honorary degrees, speakers (student speaker and major public figures), and the official conferral of degrees by the University President. Students' names are not called at this ceremony and students do not walk across the stage.  World renowned chef José Andrés will deliver the university commencement address.


Regalia is required for all students participating in commencement.  Online ordering has closed, so graduates can only purchase regalia in person from Wednesday, May 14 through Saturday, May 17. Emergency purchases only on Sunday, May 18. Note that the GW Bookstore's hours are limited that week.


You will receive six (6) tickets to the CPS Commencement Celebration and six (6) tickets to the University Commencement Celebration. You do not need a ticket for yourself.  We have begun mailing tickets to students who have completed the University's Graduation Survey. Please complete the survey as soon as possible so you can receive your tickets on time. We will not be providing extra tickets to students for the CPS celebration. The office that administers the survey will be sending us a list of respondents on a daily basis so you do NOT have to send a confirmation that you completed the survey. If you need additional tickets we recommend you check with your classmates, as some of them may not need all six or may not be attending.

Tickets to the celebrations will be distributed via mail to the CURRENT address on file with GW.