Commencement Information

Elliott School Graduation Celebration

The 2020 Elliott School Graduation Celebration will be held in the Charles E. Smith Center at 12:00 PM, Friday, May 15, 2020. 


GW Commencement on the National Mall

GW Commencement will be held on the National Mall at 9:30 AM on Sunday, May 17, 2020.


Additional Information


We encourage you to take the Metro to the Elliott School graduation celebration at the Smith Center. You can use the blue or orange lines to arrive at the Foggy Bottom Metro Station. Use Metro’s trip planner and take travel time into consideration.

Metro service begins at 5:00 a.m. on Friday morning.

Driving & Taxis

Parking is extremely limited around campus during the graduation celebrations and we encourage you to use the Metro. Taxis are available throughout the city and should be able to get you to the Smith Center. Please note that 22nd and G streets in that block will be closed for pedestrian traffic. Drop-offs and pick-ups can be coordinated on 23rd street. Pricing depends on distance and the number of people. They are usually available after the ceremony concludes.


We urge guests to take the Metro, walk or take taxis to get to the graduation celebration. If you do drive, GW parking garages on campus are available though parking is not guaranteed. All GW parking garages are wheelchair accessible. While you may be redirected to seek parking in public locations off campus, GW Transportation & Parking Services has more information. If your car is towed from campus, contact the GW Police Department.