Commencement Celebrations

More information about Commencement is forthcoming - please keep checking back and be sure to check your GW email account for important information and instructions about Commencement 2015!

CPS Commencement Celebration

The CPS Commencement Celebration will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 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.  

University Commencement Celebration

The University Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 17, 2015 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.  


Regalia is required for all students participating in commencement. Information regarding regalia rental will be available soon. 


Commencement and school celebration tickets will be mailed beginning in April to the graduates’ diploma addresses on file upon the completion of the mandatory online graduation survey. Graduates will receive an email in March with instructions on how to complete the mandatory online graduation survey and claim their tickets. Graduates will receive six guest tickets for Commencement on the National Mall and six guest tickets for the CPS school celebration. Please contact the CPS Office for Student Engagement at 703-299-4155 or if you have any questions.