Commencement Weekend Schedule of Events
Saturday, May 18
Interfaith Baccalaureate Service
Class of 2013 graduates, families, and friends are welcome to join President Knapp for a ceremony of thoughtful reflection. The ceremony will be held from 9:30–10:30 am at Western Presbyterian Church.
Western Presbyterian Church
2401 Virginia Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20009
An academic awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 18. Graduates who are receiving awards will receive invitations and their families and friends are welcome to attend the ceremony.
There will be a dean's reception for all graduates, families, and friends on Saturday, May 18, from 6:30–8:30 pm, at the National Air and Space Museum. Please note: graduates and their guests will each need a ticket for this event. There is a three ticket limit per graduate.
Sunday, May 19
Two ceremonies will mark the graduation of the Class of 2013:
University Commencement will be held at 9:30 am on the National Mall, between 4th and 7th Streets. Graduates should assemble on the Mall at 4th Street, at 9 am to proceed to graduation. For more information, please visit GW's Commencement Weekend website.
Law School Diploma Ceremony
The diploma ceremony will be held in the Charles E. Smith Center at 2:30 pm. Graduates should line up at Funger Hall at 1:30 pm ready for the procession. The procession will commence at 2 pm and the ceremony is expected to last two and a half hours.
12:45 pm - Law School Class Photo
A panoramic group class photograph will be taken at 1 pm on May 19, prior to the Diploma Ceremony, at the corner of 20th and G Streets. Please arrive at 20th and G Streets at 12:45 pm. Proofs of the group photograph will be included in the mailing to all graduates following Commencement.
1:30 pm - Line Up for Diploma Ceremony
Graduates should proceed to Funger Hall to line up for the procession into the Charles E. Smith Center. The procession will begin at 2 pm.
Important Alternate Site/Emergency Plan Information for All Commencement Participants and Guests
Commencement will be held on the National Mall rain or shine. However, if circumstances beyond the University's control (such as an electrical storm) prevent the ceremony from taking place on the National Mall, it will be held in the Charles E. Smith Center and broadcast on television. In the event that commencement is moved, information will be available on the University's Campus Advisories and WTOP radio.