Graduation Information

Graduation Commencement

 

Congratulations to all 2016 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 12

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

Friday, May 13

  • School of Engineering and Applied Science Reception
    (for SEAS graduates, guests, faculty and staff)
    4:30 p.m., Science & Engineering Hall
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science Celebration
    7:30 p.m., Charles E. Smith Center

Sunday, May 15

  • Processions step off at the National Mall
    9:30 a.m.,  National Mall
  • University Commencement
    10:00 a.m., National Mall


 

Complete online graduation survey

Beginning Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 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 2016 and Summer 2016 graduates can pick up their commencement and school celebration tickets directly from SEAS Student Services in the Science & Engineering Hall beginning April 11th. Graduates will receive six guest tickets for Commencement on the National Mall and six guest tickets for the SEAS Celebration.

Commencement tickets for Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 graduates will be mailed by Friday, April 22, 2016, to the graduates' diploma addresses on file.  If you have not received your packet by Monday, May 2, please contact University Events at (202) 994-7129 or commencement@gwu.edu. Graduates should pick up their School celebration tickets directly from SEAS Student Services beginning April 11th.  Tickets will be distributed through April 29, M-F, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Please note that EMSE Off-Campus students will have their tickets mailed to them.

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, 2016. Tickets on the wait list can only be held for the graduate. 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 Friday, April 29, 2016.

You may also request additional SEAS celebration tickets on the waitlist. 
Extra SEAS ticket application:  https://docs.google.com

Please note that extra tickets will not be distributed until a few days before the SEAS celebration. 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 13, 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 Science & Engineering Hall (800 22nd Street, NW) in the First Floor Lobby and Lower Level 1 beginning at 4:30 pm.

We ask that all undergraduate participants (only) go to the 3rd Floor South Atrium in the SEH, overlooking H Street, at 5:30 pm for a group class photo in cap and gown. Immediately after the class photo, all undergraduates will be escorted to Funger Hall, 2201 G Street, NW for check in and line up. Your guests should go directly to the Smith Center.

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 asked to please 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 at mfv@gwu.edu.
 

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

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..

Celebration Etiquette:
Graduates are reminded that graduation is a joyful as well as solemn event. We ask that you express excitement in ways that will not prevent others from hearing the speakers and enjoying the ceremony. Cell phones should be turned to their silent operating modes to help ensure that all guests can hear and enjoy the graduation activities.  All students, out of respect for their fellow graduates, are asked to stay through the end of the ceremony and leave as part of the student recessional.

Tickets for the SEAS Celebration will be distributed from the Dean's Office, Science & Engineering Hall 2885. You should hand in a copy of your email confirming completion of the 2016 Graduation Survey in exchange for your SEAS tickets. Please complete the mandatory online graduation survey, before claiming 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 12. 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 (Science & Engineering Hall) in exchange for a copy of the email confirming completion of the 2016 Graduation Survey. Please complete the mandatory online graduation survey, before claiming tickets.  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: