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Please keep checking back at this website and be sure to check your email for important Commencement information.
Summer 2016 and Fall 2016 graduates will receive emails to personal accounts.
Spring 2017 and Summer 2017 graduation applicants will receive emails to GW email accounts.
2017 College of Professional Studies Commencement RSVP
Students who graduated or applied to graduate in the 2016-2017 academic year who wish to attend the College of Professional Studies Commencement ceremony must respond to this RSVP. If you do not plan to attend Commencement, please indicate so when completing the RSVP. This RSVP is to ensure that you receive future information pertaining to Commencement.
To attend Commencement 2017, you must have:
Graduated in one of the following semesters
- Summer 2016 (and not participated in Commencement 2016)
- Fall 2016
Applied to graduate in one of the following semesters:
- Spring 2017
- Summer 2017 (applied by March 15 as a walk-through candidate who needs no more than 9 credits to complete the degree and expects to complete all remaining credits in the summer 2017 semester)
Check DegreeMap to ensure that all degree requirements have been/will be completed at the end of your final semester. Degree conferral cannot occur until the requirements bar in DegreeMap indicates 100% completion.
You are required to be registered in the semester in which your degree will be conferred.
You can verify that your degree has been conferred via your unofficial transcript on GWeb.
If you applied for Summer 2016 or Fall 2016 graduation but you have not been cleared and believe that you have met all degree requirements, please contact email@example.com.
If you have been cleared and have questions about your diploma, please refer to the Registrar’s Graduation Services Office.
College of Professional Studies (CPS) Commencement Celebration
The CPS Commencement Celebration will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Charles E. Smith Center. During the CPS Celebration, the name of each graduate is called as the student crosses the stage.
University Commencement Celebration
The University Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. on the National Mall. 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 President Steven Knapp. Students' names are not called at this ceremony and students do not walk across the stage. Additional information regarding the University Commencement Ceremony can be found by visiting the GW Commencement website.
University Commencement is held rain or shine. However, if an unexpected situation develops, you may have to follow GW’s Alternate Site Plan. Current information on the status of events is available 24/7 from Monday, May 15-Sunday, May 21, 2017 through Campus Advisories (202-994-5050).
Commencement Weekend Timeline
CPS School Celebration - Saturday, May 20th
T.B.D. - Reception at Duques Hall (students only)
6:45 - Graduates Line up for Procession wearing regalia (commencement attire is business to business casual)
7:30 p.m. - CPS School Celebration
University Commencement - Sunday, May 21st
Please review the University Commencement Schedule for important times for students attending the Sunday ceremony.
University Commencement Student Speaker Competition
The deadline to submit materials for the University Commencement Student Speaker Competition is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Please visit the University Commencement Student Speaker website for further details.
CPS Commencement Student Speaker Competition
The deadline to submit materials for the 2017 CPS Commencement Student Speaker Competition is 11:59 pm EST on Friday, March 17th. Please see our CPS Commencement Student Speaker competition website for additional details.
Regalia (cap and gown) is required for all students participating in the CPS School Celebration and University Commencement. Regalia will not be available at the Charles E. Smith Center or on the National Mall.
Bachelor's and master's regalia can be pre-ordered online until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28. Pre-ordered regalia can be picked up during Commencement Fair 2017, March 30-April 1, at the GW Campus Store.
- For pre-orders, select "Graduation Fair - Spring 2017" from the drop down menu and then select your school
- For purchases, select "Regalia Ship to Home" from the drop down menu and then select your school
Please access the GW Commencement Regalia website for additional regalia ordering information.
Typical commencement attire is business to business casual. A word of caution: students will be crossing a roughly-paved street and ascending/descending a number of staircases. And for the Sunday commencement on the National Mall, you will be walking on grass and possibly in muddy areas, depending on the weather. We strongly encourage you to avoid high heels and wear shoes easy to walk in under these circumstances.
Commencement Fair 2017
Commencement Fair 2017 is an opportunity for the Class of 2017 to pick-up pre-ordered regalia (cap and gown), purchase and pre-order Commencement-related products as well as other GW mementos. Commencement Fair 2017 is scheduled for Thursday, March 30 - Saturday, April 1 at the GW Campus Store, Marvin Center Lower Level.
Thursday Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday Hours: 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Please visit the GW Commencement Fair website for additional information.
Faculty participating in the CPS celebration will convene in the Colonial Club of the Smith Center at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, May 20th, to prepare for the processional. Event staff will be present to assist. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Feuer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-994-8310.
In order to obtain CPS and University commencement guest tickets, students must complete the 2017 Graduation Survey, which will become available in April. Tickets will be mailed beginning in mid-April to the graduates’ diploma addresses on file. Tickets will be mailed upon the completion of the mandatory online graduation survey. Graduates will receive an email in April with instructions on how to complete the mandatory online graduation survey. Please note that the mandatory online graduation survey is required in addition to the CPS RSVP.
Graduates will receive:
T.B.D. number of guest tickets for the CPS school celebration
Six guest tickets for University Commencement on the National Mall
Student interested in extra tickets to the University Commencement should access the University Commencement Ticket website to request extra tickets to Sunday's ceremony.
Change of Diploma Mailing Address
If your mailing address changes after you apply for graduation, you must:
- Change both your PERMANENT and DIPLOMA addresses in GWeb
- Email Graduation Services (email@example.com) to confirm the office has recorded this change.
Please take these steps as soon as possible if your address changes. Diplomas are mailed to the DIPLOMA address you confirm at the time of the application for graduation. If diplomas are returned to the university undelivered, there is a $25 charge to have them mailed again. Please review Graduation Services’ website for further information concerning diplomas.
Military and veteran students
We have been informed by the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services that they have a special regalia cord for you. This is available for undergraduate and graduate students.
You must email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the necessary steps to receive this cord. These military cords will not be provided at either the CPS or University Commencement.
Graduates and guests attending the CPS School Celebration on Saturday evening should review the Charles E. Smith Center parking and transportation website. The University provides detailed transportation, accessibility, and parking information for those attending the University Commencement on Sunday morning.
Commencement participants and guests seeking accommodations for Commencement weekend should consult the University’s listing of hotel information.
Accessibility at Commencement
Accessibility at Charles E. Smith Center – CPS Commencement Celebration
Graduates who use wheelchairs or who have restricted mobility should contact CPS directly at 703-299-8349 or email@example.com by April 14th to make arrangements for the CPS School Celebration at the Smith Center. The Commencement Accessibility website provides seating and accessibility information for guests attending the CPS Commencement who are wheelchair users or who have restricted mobility.
Sign language interpreters can be provided at the CPS School celebration on an as needed basis. Please visit the University Commencement Accessibility website for information on requesting a sign language interpreter.
Accessibility at University Commencement on the National Mall
All campus buildings are wheelchair accessible but if you have additional needs, contact University Events as soon as possible to make the necessary arrangements for University Commencement. Graduates and guests attending the University Commencement on the National Mall should visit the University Commencement Accessibility website for details regarding wheelchair accessibility and sign language interpreters.
Graduate photos taken at the CPS School celebration will be taken by GradImages. Additional information concerning GradImages will be provided at a later date.
Please contact the CPS Office for Student Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-299-8349 if you have any questions regarding Commencement.
Important Dates to Remember
February 28: University Commencement Student Speaker Competition materials due
February 28: Deadline to pre-order regalia online
March 15: Deadline for graduation applications for summer 2017 graduates who wish to participate in May 2017 Commencement ceremonies. Please review the requirements for graduation noted on our Graduation webpage.
March 15: Deadline to complete CPS Commencement RSVP
March 17: CPS Commencement Student Speaker materials due
March 30- April 1: Foggy Bottom Campus Commencement Fair 2017
T.B.D.: Mandatory Graduation Survey available
May 20: CPS Commencement Ceremony
May 21: University Commencement