Graduation Information

Congratulations to all 2014 soon-to-be graduates! The faculty and staff of the School of Engineering and Applied Science are proud of your hard work and accomplishments! To make your graduation day go smoothly, here is some information about SEAS and GW events.

Thursday, May 15

  • Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
    5:00 p.m., Charles E. Smith Center

Friday, May 16

  • School of Engineering and Applied Science Reception
    4:30 p.m., Marvin Center Ballrooms
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science Celebration
    7:30 p.m., Charles E. Smith Center

Sunday, May 18

  • Processions step off at the National Mall
    9:30 a.m.,  National Mall
  • University Commencement
    10:00 a.m., National Mall, between 8th and 14th Streets

     

Commencement Fair 2014:

Marvin Center, Ground Floor & the GW Bookstore
800 21st Street, NW - Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, March 25 - Saturday, March 29, 2014

Hours of operation:
Tuesday - Thursday: 9 am - 7 pm
Friday: 9 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 11 am - 4 pm

  • Visit the fair and take care of all of your Commencement needs…
  • Pre-order your:
  1. Cap and gown
  2. Personalized announcements
  3. Class ring
  • Purchase a diploma frame
  • Make your Senior Class Gift
  • Learn more about the GW Alumni Association and Grad Week
  • Sign up for Green Graduation Pledge  and find out more about Green Move-Out
  • Pose for Cherry Tree Yearbook Portraits:  10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Consult with the Center for Career Services for advice and tips on the transition from college to career
  • Enter daily drawings and win a free cap and gown, a diploma frame, and other great prizes!

*Please note:  If you will not be able to attend the fair or if you do not attend classes on the Foggy Bottom or Mount Vernon campuses, please select the Commencement Fair pre-order option on the Herff Jones website during the fair only.  Cap and gown pre-orders can be picked up from the GW Bookstore between Wednesday, May 14 to Saturday, May 17.  Emergency pick-ups only on Sunday, May 18.
 

Complete online graduation survey

Beginning Tuesday, March 26, 2014, graduates will be able to complete the mandatory online graduation survey. Hearing your thoughts and opinions will help GW know how to improve for future generations. Please complete the mandatory online graduation survey, before claiming tickets. Graduates will need to present a copy of their email confirmation and valid GWorld card to claim their tickets.
 

Commencement and School Celebration Ticket Distribution

Spring 2014 and Summer 2014 graduates can pick up their commencement and school celebration tickets directly from the SEAS Dean’s Office beginning March 26th. Graduates will receive six guest tickets for Commencement on the National Mall and six guest tickets for the SEAS Celebration.

Commencement tickets for Summer 2013 and Fall 2013 graduates will be mailed in early April to the graduates' permanent addresses on file. If you have not received your packet by Friday, April 17, please contact University Events at (202) 994-7129 or commencement@gwu.edu. Graduates should pick up their School celebration tickets directly from the SEAS Dean’s Office beginning March 26th.

For information regarding extra tickets for Commencement on the National Mall, please contact University Events at (202) 994-7129 or commencement@gwu.edu. Graduates can be placed on a wait list, maintained by the Office of University Events, Division of External Relations, beginning February 1, 2013. Tickets on the wait list can only be held for the graduate. Click here to add your information to the wait list. The wait list does not operate on a first-come, first- served basis. If extra tickets are made available, graduates will receive email notification from the University Events after Thursday, May 1, 2013.

To be placed on a waiting list for additional School celebration tickets, please contact the SEAS Dean’s Office.

Students are also encouraged to ask their friends if they have any extra tickets at their disposal.
 

Regalia

Graduates are required to wear regalia (cap & gown) for all graduation ceremonies.  For more information on purchasing or renting regalia please visit http://commencement.gwu.edu/regalia/.

 

SEAS Celebration:

The School of Engineering and Applied Science Graduation Celebration will take place at the Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street, NW on Friday, May 16, starting at 7:30 pm. Prior to the SEAS Celebration there will be a reception for graduates, friends and family, and SEAS faculty and staff at the Marvin Center (800 21st Street, NW) in the 3rd floor Ballrooms beginning at 4:30 pm.

We ask that all undergraduate participants (only) go to Funger Hall, 2201 G Street, NW at 5:30 pm for check-in. All undergraduates (only) will be escorted to the Tompkins Hall front steps at 6:00 pm for a group class photo in cap and gown.

All graduates (all degrees) should report in cap and gown to Funger Hall, 2201 G Street, NW starting at 6:00 pm for check-in and line-up. Your guests should go directly to the Smith Center.

Students receiving awards during the Celebration (you will be contacted if you are) should check in and then go directly to the Smith Center side entrance to the platform party's ready room on the Lower Level of the Smith Center.

Be aware that another school will be holding its celebration in the Smith Center immediately before ours, so the Smith Center staff may not be ready to seat our guests right away. Guests are encouraged to wait outside the Smith Center until they open the doors rather than go with you to Funger Hall.

Seating in the Smith Center is first-come, first-served, so encourage your guests to arrive early for optimal seating. This is especially important if one of your guests has special needs. Individuals with ADA needs for themselves or their guests should notify the SEAS Dean's Office (106 Tompkins Hall).

The SEAS Celebration is a formal cap & gown event. Please be sure to wear your cap & gown (also called regalia) to the Celebration. (Please see checklist above.)

At the SEAS Celebration your name will be called and you will walk across the stage and receive the dean's personal congratulations, as well as the personal congratulations of faculty from your department. A professional photographer will be taking a photo of each graduate as you shake the dean's hand. They will contact you about buying the photo.

Tickets for the SEAS Celebration will be distributed from the Dean's Office, 106 Tompkins Hall. You should hand in a copy of your email confirming completion of the 2014 Graduation Survey in exchange for your SEAS tickets. At distribution you may ask for as many as 6 tickets and be put on a waiting list if you need more. Please be considerate and do not ask for more than you will actually use.

Please encourage your guests to use Metro if at all possible. If parking on or near campus is your only option, please factor in additional time to locate a parking spot. The availability of campus parking is extremely limited and not guaranteed. Guests may be redirected to seek parking in other public locations further away from the campus. The University parking garages are wheelchair-accessible. Please review the GW Parking Services website www.gwu.edu/~parking for additional information.
 

Hooding Ceremony:

The Hooding Ceremony for doctoral students will be at the Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street, NW on Thursday, May 15. The hooding ceremony will start at 5:00 pm, but graduates and their guests should arrive at the Smith Center by 4:00 pm. Seating for guests is first-come, first-served, so guests should get seats early. Graduates should go downstairs from the lobby to check in, receive their hoods, and line up. The University will have a reception after the hooding ceremony.

Hooding Tickets will be distributed at the SEAS Dean's Office (106 Tompkins Hall) in exchange for a copy of the email confirming completion of the 2014 Graduation Survey.  You may receive a maximum of ten (10) tickets. If you do not need that many, please be considerate and take only as many as you need. If you need more than ten, you may request more tickets by calling the Office of University Events at 202-994-7129.

Please encourage your guests to use Metro if at all possible. If parking on or near campus is your only option, please factor in additional time to locate a parking spot. The availability of campus parking is extremely limited and not guaranteed. Guests may be redirected to seek parking in other public locations further away from the campus. The University parking garages are wheelchair-accessible. Please review the GW Parking Services website www.gwu.edu/~parking for additional information.

Questions about any of the events in connection with the SEAS Celebration, Hooding, or any of the graduation weekend events should be directed to:

  • Sandra Little at 202-994-5411,
  • Michael Veedock at 202-994-6080,
  • or your department administrator.