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Class of 2024 Commencement

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and BGE Commencement Ceremony

For master’s and Ph.D. graduates
Friday, May 17, 2024
9:00 a.m.
Healy Lawn

Commencement Schedule

May 17, 2024

TimeActivity
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. You must have complete regalia to participate. Students receive instructions on regalia and room assignments in May.

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

Master’s Graduates: You can prepare by watching our quick video guide: “How to Put On Your Commencement Regalia”

PhD Graduates: PhD students should wear their hoods on their gowns, as they were hooded on Thursday at the Doctoral Hooding.
7:45 a.m.Seating opens on Healy Lawn for families, friends and other guests. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis.
8:30 a.m.Graduating students process in formation to Healy Lawn. (Severe Weather Site: McDonough Arena)
9:00 a.m.Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and Biomedical Graduate Education Commencement Ceremony begins on Healy Lawn (Severe Weather Site: McDonough Arena)

Commencement Ceremony 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.

Master of Science hood

To find the color to order for your academic regalia, please refer to the Academic Regalia page on the Graduate School website. Hood linings for BGE degrees are as follows:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.): Royal Blue
  • Master of Arts (M.A.): White
  • Master of Sciences (M.S.): Gold
  • Executive Master’s in Clinical Quality, Safety & Leadership (EMCQSL): Peacock Blue

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”

Tickets are not required for the Commencement Ceremony on Healy Lawn; seating is available on a first come, first served basis starting at 7:45 a.m. 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 severe weather, tickets will be required. Ticket instructions are sent in emails from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GSAS) (gradlife@georgetown.edu).

The 2024 Graduate School Commencement Ceremony will be held outdoors in the event of rain. In case of severe weather such as electrical storms, the site for the ceremony is McDonough Arena. If there is a severe weather 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 severe 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. Weather announcements will also be available through our University Weather line at 202-687-7669.

Note that if the ceremony is held in McDonough Arena, severe weather tickets will be required. Ticket instructions are sent in emails from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (gradlife@georgetown.edu).

Free accessible shuttle buses, wheelchairs and sign language interpreters are available. Instructions for making a request for accessibility needs are sent in emails from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GSAS) (gradlife@georgetown.edu). Follow the link from the GSAS email to submit accessibility needs.

You can find more information on the Commencement Accessibility page.

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 Commencement Accessibility 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/Silver lines). 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.

The Commencement Ceremony will be livestreamed on the Georgetown University Facebook page. Other livestreams will be announced in advance on social media.

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 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 the Leavey Center.

More questions? Please visit our Commencement FAQ.


Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

For Ph.D. graduates
Thursday, May 16, 2024
9:00 a.m.
Gaston Hall (3rd floor of Healy Hall)
Reception: 10:30 a.m., Dahlgren Courtyard

Questions? Contact gradlife@georgetown.edu.


More Commencement Events

DisCo Grad: Disability Community Graduation Celebration

Tuesday, May 14, 2024
4 p.m.
Great Room, Healey Family Student Center

Multicultural Ceremony for Graduate Students

Wednesday, May 15, 2024
3:30 p.m.
Gaston Hall (3rd floor of Healy Hall)
Family Reception: 5 p.m., Dahlgren Quadrangle

Questions about the Multicultural Ceremony? Contact gradlife@georgetown.edu.


Frequently Asked Questions

If you have more questions, please consult our Commencement FAQ page.