After careful consideration, Georgetown University has decided that it will be necessary to postpone Commencement activities to a time in which we can safely convene as a community. We will be communicating updates as we determine how to proceed.


Friday, May 15, 2020
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences & Biomedical Graduate Education Commencement Ceremony Location: Healy Lawn
BGE Commencement Reception Location: Leavey Center Grand Ballroom

Time Activity
7:30 am Graduating students report to assigned room locations in White-Gravenor Hall and Intercultural Center (ICC) (allow time for transportation, traffic jams, parking, and walking to your lineup rooms). Students should report to their assigned rooms no later than 7:30 am. The assigned rooms will be announced in late April/early May.

Students are put in alphabetical order by their program, given hooding instructions, and given name cards at this time. Lineup commences shortly afterward.

8:35 am Graduating students process information to Healy Lawn (Rain Site: McDonough Arena).
9:00 am Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and Biomedical Graduate Education Commencement Ceremony begins.

Tickets are not required for Commencement. Seating will be available on a first come, first seated basis. When Commencement Ceremony concludes, please make sure that you and your guests move away from Healy Lawn.

11:00 am BGE Commencement Reception will begin directly after the commencement ceremony. The reception will be at the Leavey Center Ballroom.

BGE Commencement Reception

Join BGE graduates and faculty at the BGE Commencement Reception in the Leavey Center Ballroom directly after the commencement ceremony for a celebration of BGE graduates and families.

PhD and Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

Join BGE PhD graduates at the PhD and Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2020 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm in Gaston Hall.

Commencement Week BGE Program Events

Event Date, Time, and Location
MS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Awards Ceremony
Invitation Only
5:00pm – 6:00pm Ceremony at New Research Building Auditorium
6:00pm – 8:00pm Reception at Med-Dent Podium
MS in Biostatistics Commencement Dinner
Invitation Only
4:00pm – 7:00pm
Bulldog Tavern
MS in Biotechnology Awards Ceremony
Invitation Only
5:00pm – 7:00pm Ceremony at Lohrfink Auditorium
7:00pm – 9:00pm Light Dinner at Leavey mid-campus Terrace
MS in CAM Pre-Commencement Dinner
Invitation Only
Georgetown Conference Center/Hotel
MS in Systems Medicine Awards Ceremony
Invitation Only
Med Dent SW107


Parking in the Southwest Quad or offsite at the Harris Building – Drivers MUST tell the parking booth attendant that they are here for the Graduate School Commencement Ceremony; otherwise, the attendant will charge you and your guests for parking.

Parking on and near the Georgetown campus is extremely limited. You are encouraged to use mass transit or taxicabs to the Healy Gate at 37th and O Streets, N.W., if at all possible. The general University Commencement website provides some very important information about parking and transportation during Commencement week. Please note that there is no overnight parking.

Directions to the BGE Reception

The BGE Commencement Reception is at Leavey Center Grand Ballroom. Below is a Google map with directions from the Commencement Ceremony at Healy Lawn to the BGE Commencement Reception at Leavey Center Grand Ballroom.

The rain site for the 2020 Graduate School Commencement Ceremony is McDonough Arena. All graduates are to report directly to the white tent in front of McDonough Arena at 7:30 am for the lineup in the event of a rain announcement. After the Commencement Ceremony, diplomas will be distributed at the BGE Commencement Reception.

In the event of inclement weather, the University will make an announcement at 6:00 am on the morning of commencement day on the Georgetown University Commencement page and students will be notified via email right away. Rain announcements will also be available through our University Weather line at (202) 687-SNOW.

The BGE Commencement Reception location will remain at the Leavey Center Grand Ballroom. Directions from the Commencement Ceremony at McDonough to BGE Reception at Leavey Center Grand Ballroom can be found here.

If you or any of your guests will require accessible seating or other special accommodation, you need to let us know in advance so we can arrange appropriate seating. 1 attendant can accompany the handicapped guest in the reserved seating area (other guests should take seats in the general seating areas). Wheelchairs are available by advance reservation or may be rented on a first-come-first-served basis the day of Commencement. Please contact the Graduate School (with the subject line as Accessibility) as soon as possible to directly request and reserve seating and/or a wheelchair to use. Further details about available services and seating will be sent after your email is received.

Shuttle buses will be available to navigate around campus. View the accessible shuttle bus route map for more details.

We ask that you remind your family and guests that they may not approach the stage during any part of the Main Graduate Commencement Ceremony to take photos. The time for family photographs will be at the Biomedical Graduate Education (BGE) Commencement Reception.

A professional photographer from GradImages will be taking pictures during the Commencement Ceremony. These photos will be available for purchase from GradImages afterward. Contact GradImags at (800) 261-2576 for more information.

The list of student lineup rooms will be available in late April/early May. Students will be reporting rooms and locations in either White-Gravenor Hall and Intercultural Center (ICC).

All commencement participants are to report to their assigned room no later than 7:30 am on Friday, May 15, 2020.

All graduates participating in Commencement are required to wear the appropriate academic regalia – gown, hood, cap, and tassel. Students showing up without regalia will not be allowed to participate in the Ceremony. Standard regalia will be available for purchase in the University Bookstore as well as over the phone (call Jostens at 1-800-548-5452 for more information) from now till the week of Commencement. The University Bookstore will only be opened Monday to Thursday, May 11th – 14th, from 9 am – 7 pm during the week of commencement.

The Bookstore will not be open early enough on Commencement Day, Friday, May 15, 2020, so please have your entire academic regalia purchased and on hand no later than Thursday, May 14, 2020. If you are a PhD student participating in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, please have your entire academic regalia purchase no later than Wednesday, May 13, 2020.

If you have any other questions about regalia, please see the Graduate School’s academic regalia webpage.

The diploma dimensions are 17 inches (43 cm) wide by 14 inches(35.5 cm) high. The diploma is written in Latin and an English translation is provided with your diploma. Diploma frames are available at the Georgetown University Bookstore in Leavey Center.