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2017 Commencement

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

The deadline to complete the required RSVP for the 2017 College of Professional Studies Commencement has passed. Completion of this RSVP was required for students planning to attend the CPS 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)


Degree Information

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

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.

Frederick M. Lawrence, Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, will deliver the 2017 College of Professional Studies Commencement address.


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).

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) will deliver the George Washington University's Commencement address on the National Mall. Ms. Duckworth will also be awarded an honorary doctorate from the university.


Commencement Weekend Timeline

CPS School Celebration - Saturday, May 20th

6:00 p.m. - Reception at Duques Hall (students only)

6:45 p.m. - Graduates Line up for Procession with reader cards and 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.


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.

Graduates can purchase regalia online until Monday, April 17. There is a $25 shipping charge for online orders. Regalia orders will be shipped to the address provided at time of purchase. Personalized announcements can be ordered online.

  • 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. 


Attending Faculty

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 or 202-994-8310. 


In order to obtain CPS and University commencement guest tickets, students must complete the 2017 Mandatory Graduation Survey. Tickets will be mailed beginning in mid-April to the graduates’ diploma addresses on file upon confirmation of the completion of the mandatory online graduation survey. Graduates received an email 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:
  • Eight 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 ( 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 recognition for you. This is available for undergraduate and graduate students. You must email to discuss the necessary steps to receive this. This special recognition 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 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. 

Graduation Photos

GradImages is the official commencement photographer for our Commencement ceremony. Your proofs will be ready to view online as quickly as 48-72 hours after the ceremony. In order to notify you when your images are available, GradImages sends emails and mails paper proofs, along with optional text message notifications. Your information is never shared and privacy is guaranteed. Pre-registering is simply a way to make sure your contact information is up-to-date with GradImages, so they can provide your complimentary proofs as quickly as possible. To pre-register for your commencement proofs, please visit


Please contact the CPS Office for Student Engagement at or 703-299-8349 if you have any questions regarding Commencement.

Important Dates to Remember

March 15: Deadline for graduation applications for summer 2017 graduates who wish to participate in May 2017 Commencement ceremonies. Summer graduates who wish to participate in 2017 Commencement who did not apply for graduation by March 15th now need to apply for graduation by completing the late paper application.


April 17: Deadline to purchase regalia online


May 20: CPS Commencement Ceremony


May 21: University Commencement