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2022 Commencement

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Commencement Ceremonies

This year, Georgetown University is holding the Class of 2022 Commencement, as well as a make-up commencement for the Class of 2020.

Class of 2022

Friday, May 20, 2022

Class of 2020

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Class of 2022 Commencement

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Ph.D. and Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

Join BGE Ph.D. graduates at the Ph.D. and Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. in Gaston Hall (on the third floor of Healy Hall). Each graduate receives a limited number of tickets for family and friends. The ceremony is followed by a reception in Dahlgren Courtyard (behind Healy Hall) from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and Biomedical Graduate Education Commencement Ceremony for Master’s and Ph.D. Graduates
Location: Healy Lawn (Rain Site: McDonough Arena)

7:00 a.m.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 a.m. 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.

You can prepare by watching our quick video guide: “How to Put On Your Commencement Regalia.”
8:30 a.m.Graduating students process in formation to Healy Lawn (Rain Site: McDonough Arena).
9:00 a.m.Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and Biomedical Graduate Education Commencement Ceremony begins.

Logistics & Information

Please note that this information may change to reflect updates from the Office of the President or the Office of the Provost.

All graduates participating in Commencement are required to wear the appropriate academic regalia – gown, hood, cap, and tassel. Standard regalia will be available for purchase in the University Bookstore.

To find the color to order for your academic regalia, please refer to the Academic Regalia page on the Graduate School website.

You will receive instructions on how to wear your regalia as you line up for Commencement. You can also watch our quick video guide: “How to Put On Your Commencement Regalia.”

Parking is available in the Southwest Garage, accessible via Canal Road. 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. Free accessible shuttle buses will be available to escort people from the parking facilities to the graduation site. Visit the Accessibility Information page for details.

Parking on and near the Georgetown campus is extremely limited. You are encouraged to take the Metro and transfer to free Georgetown University shuttles (GUTS) at either Dupont Circle (Red Line) or Rosslyn (Blue/Orange Line). The general Georgetown University Commencement website provides some very important information about parking and transportation during commencement week. Please note that there is no overnight parking.

To protect the health and safety of the Georgetown University community and our guests, all attendees at indoor Commencement events are expected to be up to date on COVID-19 vaccination or have a medical or religious exemption, though guests will not need to show proof of vaccination or exemption during Commencement Weekend. If you are unvaccinated, please take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours prior to attending any indoor Commencement event and stay home if you receive a positive test result.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of your vaccination status, please stay home and do not attend Commencement events in person.

Many Commencement events will be livestreamed. Information on where to tune in will be shared on Georgetown’s website and social media channels prior to these events.

Georgetown University has reinstated an indoor mask requirement on the Main and Medical Center campuses. We will continue to monitor public health conditions on our campuses, as well as COVID-19 community levels in DC and nationally, which will inform any updates to Georgetown’s public health guidelines.

Tickets are not required for the Commencement Ceremony on Healy Lawn; seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Students will be informed during the spring semester if the public health situation necessitates changes to this policy.

Note that if the ceremony is held in McDonough Arena due to rain, tickets will be required. Ticket instructions are sent in emails from

Tickets are required for the Ph.D. and Doctoral Hooding Ceremony.

The rain site for the 2022 Graduate School Commencement Ceremony is McDonough Arena. In the event of a rain announcement, all graduates are to report directly to the white tent in front of McDonough Arena at 7:30 a.m. for the lineup.

In the event of inclement weather, the University will make an announcement 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.

Note if the ceremony is held in McDonough Arena, tickets will be required.

We ask that you remind your family and guests that they MAY NOT approach the stage during any part of the ceremonies to take photos.

A professional photographer from GradImages will be taking pictures during the Commencement Ceremony. They will be contacting you directly by mail and email with your proofs. If you have any questions, please contact them directly at 800-261-2576.

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 a.m. on Friday, May 20, 2022.

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

More questions? Please visit our BGE Commencement FAQ and the Graduate School Commencement FAQ for more information.