Student speaking at commencement

""Communication with Graduates

Please keep checking our website and be sure to check your email for important Commencement information. Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 graduates should continue to check their personal email accounts for Commencement updates and information. Spring 2019 and Summer 2019 graduation applicants will receive emails to GW email accounts.

buff divider lineDegree 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.

""2019 Commencement Celebrations

The CPS/GSPM Commencement Celebration will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 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.

The University Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. on the National Mall, 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.  Additional information regarding the University Commencement Ceremony can be found by visiting the GW Commencement website. If an unexpected or emergency situation develops, you may have to follow GW’s Alternate Site Plan.

The following 2018 schedule is provided for informational purposes only. Please check back for 2019 details as we get closer to Commencement.

CPS School Celebration - Saturday, May 19th

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 20th

Please review the University Commencement Schedule for important times for students attending the Sunday ceremony.

Faculty participating in the CPS celebration will convene at an appointed location prior to the CPS Commencement ceremony, to prepare for the processional.

Please check back closer to the 2019 Commencement celebration for details.

Event staff will be present to assist. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Feuer at [email protected] or 703-299-4983.


(2018 information, please check back for 2019 details)

Grad Fair 2018 will be held Thursday, March 22-Saturday, March 24, at the GW Campus Store. Please visit the Commencement Fair website for additional information, such as fair hours and location.

GW 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.

Please access the University’s regalia website for 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.

Tickets to the CPS/GSPM Celebration and University Commencement will be distributed via mail beginning in mid-April to the current address on file with GW (please ensure that your address is updated with the University’s Registrar’s Office). Tickets will be mailed only to students who have completed the CPS/GSPM RSVP and the University’s Mandatory Graduation Survey.

Graduates will receive:

  • Eight guest tickets for the CPS school celebration
  • Six guest tickets for University Commencement on the National Mall

Students who are interested in extra tickets to the CPS Commencement should check with their classmates, as some of them may not need all eight tickets. Student interested in extra tickets to the University Commencement should access the University Commencement Ticket website to request extra tickets to Sunday's ceremony. 

Military and veteran students are encouraged to contact the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services to inquire of any special cord or recognition for veteran students.

Graduates and guests attending the CPS/GSPM Celebration and University Commencement should access the Commencement Accessibility website

Graduates and guests attending the CPS/GSPM Celebration should review the Charles E. Smith Center parking and transportation website.  Transportation and parking information for the University Commencement is provided on the University Commencement website.

Commencement participants and guests seeking accommodations for Commencement weekend should consult the University’s listing of nearby hotels

Graduate photos taken at the CPS School celebration will be taken by GradImages. Additional information concerning GradImages will be provided at a later date.

Your official diploma will be mailed to you after graduation.

If your mailing address changes after you apply for graduation, please contact the Registrar’s Graduation Services Office.




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