Commencement Week at GW

Commencement Week at GW
May 14, 2018

[Updated: May 14, 2 p.m.]—The George Washington University’s Commencement will be held Sunday, May 20, at 9:30 a.m. on the National Mall. The ceremony site is located between 9 and 12th Streets and will be near the Smithsonian Institute Building’s “The Castle.” Commencement on the National Mall will take place rain or shine.

GW’s schools and colleges also have ceremonies to honor their graduates. 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 20 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 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 8 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.

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

*GW community members: to sign up 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.