Commencement Weekend Schedule

May 18, 2019


[Updated: May 18, 7 a.m.]—GW’s University-wide Commencement will be held Sunday, May 19, at 9:30 a.m. on the National Mall. The ceremony site is located at the base of the Washington Monument at the intersection of Constitution Avenue and 15th Street. 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 8 a.m. on Sundays. The closest Metro stops to the commencement site are the Smithsonian and Farragut West 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 Federal Triangle on the Orange, Silver and Blue lines. 


GW’s schools and colleges will continue to hold their graduation celebrations today and tomorrow. For a complete schedule of activities visit

All school ceremonies and the University-wide Commencement will be live-streamed at


If there is a change to the commencement week schedule and/or Sunday’s University-wide 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.


**Note: GW students, faculty and staff with a university email address automatically receive GW Alert emails. In order to receive GW Alert text messages, you must add your mobile number to the system. Graduating students, we encourage you to add up to three additional email addresses or mobile phone numbers of family members who may want to receive GW emergency alerts during Commencement week. To review and change your GW Alert settings, visit the GW Alert FAQ website.   


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