Commencement Day at GW

2017 Commencement Day at GW
May 21, 2017

[Updated: May 21, 5 a.m.] The George Washington University’s Commencement will be held today, Sunday, May 21, at 9:30 a.m. on the National Mall on the grounds of the Washington Monument between 15th and 17th streets, NW. Commencement on the National Mall will take place rain or shine

For those planning ahead, GW encourages families, guests and graduates to take the Metro to the National Mall as parking is extremely limited near the National Mall. The Metro opens at 7 a.m. on Sundays. The closest Metro stops to the commencement site are the Smithsonian and Federal Triangle stations on the Orange, Silver and Blue lines. Other nearby stations include Metro Center and Farragut North on the Red line, and McPherson Square and Farragut West on the Orange, Silver and Blue lines.

Please be advised that Metrorail track work is scheduled to take place starting May 16. A portion of the orange line between New Carrollton and Stadium-Armory stations will be closed. On weekdays, limited free shuttle buses running every 30 minutes will replace trains between these two stations. Weekend frequencies may change to coordinate with other planned track work on the Metrorail system.  We suggest that you leave extra time as you travel to campus for the school recognition ceremonies and to the National Mall for Sunday’s commencement.

Commencement on the National Mall is one of many graduation celebrations held throughout the week at GW. For a complete schedule of activities and information on individual recognition ceremonies, visit

Each of the individual school recognition ceremonies and the University Commencement on May 21 will be live-streamed at

In the event of changes to the commencement week schedule and/or Sunday’s University Commencement ceremony, information will be communicated through the following ways:

- Text and email alerts through GW Alerts*.
- GW's homepage and Campus Advisories
- GW Information Line (202-994-5050).
- Social media via Twitter (@GWTweets) and Facebook.

For preparedness tips and safety information, refer to the GW Emergency Response Handbook.

*To sign up for and customize your GW Alert settings, visit and select the GW Alert Emergency Notification tab. Register your cell phone numbers and email addresses in order to receive alerts on multiple devices.