GW Law Commencement

Commencement Schedule

Saturday, May 16

Interfaith Baccalaureate

9:30-10:30 am
Western Presbyterian Church
2401 Virginia Avenue, NW
Class of 2020 graduates, families, and friends are welcome to join President LeBlanc for a ceremony of thoughtful reflection.

Awards Ceremony

2-4 pm
Dorothy Betts Theatre, Marvin Center, 1st Floor
800 21st Street, NW
Graduates who are receiving awards will receive invitations and their families and friends are welcome to attend.

Dean's Reception

6:30-8:30 pm
Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture
1400 Constitution Ave NW
Business dress requested. Heavy hors-d'oeuvres served. Please note that graduates and their guests will each need a ticket for this event. Four tickets will be allocated per graduate. There will be no additional tickets. Use of public transportation is strongly encouraged. 

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Sunday, May 17

University Commencement

9:30-11:30 am
The National Mall
Learn more about the University Commencement Ceremony
You must be at the Mall by 8:30 am with regalia and you enter the mall at 15th and Madison. You will be directed where to go by University personnel.

GW Law Class Photo

1 pm
Corner of 20th and G Street, NW
Before the diploma ceremony, a panoramic photo will be taken of the graduating class. Please be at the corner of 20th and G Streets, NW by 12:50 pm. The photo will be taken at 1 pm.

Law School Diploma Ceremony

2:30 pm
Charles E. Smith Center 

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 20th G Sts. at 12:50 pm for the class picture and proceed to Funger Hall (22nd and G Sts.) to get ready for the procession into Smith Center. The procession will commence at 2 pm and the ceremony is expected to last no longer than three hours and thirty minutes and end by 5:30 pm.