Commencement Information

Photo: Marvin Center filled with 2017 graduates

Elliott School Graduation Celebration

The 2019 Elliott School Graduation Celebration will be held in the Charles E. Smith Center at 11:30 AM, Friday, May 17, 2019. Our keynote speaker will be announced soon.


Schedule of Events

For Friday, May 17:

  • 10:30 AM — Graduates report to Funger Hall (2201 G Street NW)
  • 10:30 AM — Smith Center doors open to guests (600 22nd Street NW)
  • 11:30 AM — Ceremony begins
  • 1:45 PM — Ceremony concludes (approximate)

GW Commencement on the National Mall

GW Commencement will be held on the National Mall at 9:30 AM on Sunday, May 19, 2019.


Elliott School Commencement Speakers

Student Speaker Competition

We know that your time as a student at the Elliott School has been challenging, rewarding and memorable. If you would like to represent your class and share your experiences, enter for the chance to be selected as the 2019 Elliott School Student Speaker.

One student will be selected to share his or her experiences, lessons learned and words of encouragement on stage in front of fellow graduates, family, friends, faculty and staff at the Elliott School Celebration on May 17, 2019.

The application process will open in February — stay tuned!

  • Undergraduate and Graduate students are eligible to apply.
  • Students must meet one of the following criteria:
    • Graduated in Summer 2018 (did not attend 2018 commencement)
    • Graduated Fall 2018
    • Applied or planning to apply to graduate in Spring 2019 or Summer 2019

Additional Information

Tickets are required for guests to attend the Elliott School Graduation Celebration and University Commencement on the National Mall. Spring 2019 and Summer 2019 Elliott School graduates may pick up their Commencement and School celebration tickets from the Elliott School on the dates listed in the chart below.

Each graduating student who has indicated an intent to participate in commencement ceremonies on his or her graduation application is eligible to receive up to 5 tickets for the Friday, May 17, 2019 Elliott School Celebration and 6 tickets for the Sunday, May 19, 2019 Commencement on the National Mall. Graduating students are not required to have a ticket.

Students are required to wear academic dress (regalia) to participate in commencement ceremonies.

Please see the Commencement website for ordering/purchasing regalia. A very small number of gently-used regalia will be available for purchase through the Graduate Student Services (GSS) office.  Note: the Elliott School does not provide cords for commencement.

For further information about regalia including purchase costs, please visit the Commencement website, GW Campus Store website, or call the GW Campus Store at 202-994-6870.