2019 SEAS Graduation Information

February 22, 2019

Congratulations to all 2019 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. Please read the following information carefully!

Watch the SEAS and University Commencement ceremonies live online from May 16 to May 19.

Graduation Information for Undergraduates (Please read carefully)

Congratulations to all 2019 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.

Friday, May 17

  • School of Engineering and Applied Science Reception
    (for SEAS graduates, guests, faculty, and staff)
    4:00 pm, Science & Engineering Hall
    800 22nd Street, NW, Washington DC 20052
  • Student lineup
    (all SEAS graduating students ONLY report for lineup)
    5:45 pm, Funger Hall
    2201 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052
  • Guests proceed to SEAS Celebration
    6:00 pm, Charles E. Smith Center
    600 22nd Street NW, Washington DC 20052
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science Celebration
    7:00 pm, Charles E. Smith Center
    600 22nd Street NW, Washington DC 20052
    (Ceremony concludes at approximately 9:00 pm)

Sunday, May 19

  • All Graduates Line-Up at the National Mall
    8:30 am, National Mall
  • Processions step off at the National Mall
    9:30 am, National Mall
  • University Commencement
    10:00 am, National Mall
    For more information visit the university commencement website.

Complete online graduation survey

All GW graduates are asked to complete the mandatory online graduation survey before claiming their ticket.  Hearing your thoughts and opinions will help GW know how to improve for future generations. Each graduate will need to show a copy of their survey completion email to claim their tickets.

Commencement and School Celebration Ticket Distribution

Tickets for the SEAS Graduation Celebration will be available for pickup directly from SEAS Student Services in the Science & Engineering Hall, SEH 2500 beginning April 22. You should hand in a copy of your email confirming completion of the 2019 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.  Please be considerate and do not ask for more than you will actually use. When you pick up your SEAS tickets, you may also request to be placed on a waiting list for additional SEAS celebration tickets.

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

Graduates themselves do not need a ticket.

Tickets are not required to attend Commencement on the National Mall. If you plan to attend the ceremony on the Mall, we ask that you register your guests online. You may register up to six guests. Thank you for your help as we plan this momentous occasion.

Regalia (Cap and Gown) Purchase and Rental Information

Graduates are required to wear regalia (cap & gown) for all graduation ceremonies. 

You can keep your regalia, unless you have rented it.

Bachelor's and master's regalia can be purchased online until April 29th or purchased in-person at various times throughout the Spring semester. Regalia rentals are not available for bachelor's or master's candidates.

Online shipping charges are $25 until midnight on April 19 and $36.90 from April 19th-April 29th.

In-person purchase options:

  • GW Campus Store, March 24th-April 25th, Marvin Center Lower Level
  • GW Spirit Shop, April 29th-May 18th, Marvin Center First Floor

For more information on purchasing regalia (including pricing) please visit https://commencement.gwu.edu/academic-dress-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 17, starting at 7:00 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 4:00 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 5:45 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 [email protected].

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 congratulations from your department chair, 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 or are hooded. You will provide them with your contact information on the card with your name and they will email 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.

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.

Invitations for Family Members Overseas

For invitation letters for family who live overseas please contact the GW Office of the Registrar  Letters of Invitation can be used by current students to invite friends and/or family members to the United States. These letters are mostly requested to invite family members to the graduation ceremony or persons to visit while the student is pursuing a degree. Students must be registered for future term or currently enrolled to request a letter of invitation for a visit, or must have applied for graduation to request a letter of invitation for the graduation ceremony.

The request must include the proper spelling of each visitor's name and his or her relationship to the student requesting the letter. You are strongly encouraged to print neatly or type the names for a Letter of Invitation to ensure proper spelling in the final letter.

 

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

  • [email protected] for undergraduate students,
  • Or call the SEAS Dean’s Office at 202-994-6080.

Watch the SEAS and University Commencement ceremonies live online from May 16 to May 19.

Graduation Information for Master's Students (Please read carefully)

Congratulations to all 2019 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 16

  • School of Engineering and Applied Science Graduate Lunch
    (for SEAS Master's, Doctoral candidates, guests, faculty, and staff)
    11:30 am, Science & Engineering Hall
    800 22nd Street, NW, Washington DC 20052

Friday, May 17

  • School of Engineering and Applied Science Reception
    (for SEAS graduates, guests, faculty, and staff)
    4:00 pm, Science & Engineering Hall
    800 22nd Street, NW, Washington DC 20052
  • Student lineup
    (all SEAS graduating students ONLY report for lineup)
    5:45 pm, Funger Hall
    2201 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052
  • Guests proceed to SEAS Celebration
    6:00 pm, Charles E. Smith Center
    600 22nd Street NW, Washington DC 20052
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science Celebration
    7:00 pm, Charles E. Smith Center
    600 22nd Street NW, Washington DC 20052
    (Ceremony concludes at approximately 9:00 pm)

Sunday, May 19

  • All Graduates Line-Up at the National Mall
    8:30 am, National Mall
  • Processions step off at the National Mall
    9:30 am, National Mall
  • University Commencement
    10:00 am, National Mall
    For more information visit the university commencement website.

Complete online graduation survey

All GW graduates are asked to complete the mandatory online graduation survey before claiming their ticket.  Hearing your thoughts and opinions will help GW know how to improve for future generations. Each graduate will need to show a copy of their survey completion email to claim their tickets.

Commencement and School Celebration Ticket Distribution

Tickets for the SEAS Graduation Celebration will be available for pickup directly from SEAS Student Services in the Science & Engineering Hall, SEH 2500 beginning April 22. You should hand in a copy of your email confirming completion of the 2019 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.  Please be considerate and do not ask for more than you will actually use. When you pick up your SEAS tickets, you may also request to be placed on a waiting list for additional SEAS celebration tickets.

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

Graduates themselves do not need a ticket.

Tickets are not required to attend Commencement on the National Mall. If you plan to attend the ceremony on the Mall, we ask that you register your guests online. You may register up to six guests. Thank you for your help as we plan this momentous occasion.

Regalia (Cap and Gown) Purchase and Rental Information

Graduates are required to wear regalia (cap & gown) for all graduation ceremonies. 

You can keep your regalia, unless you have rented it.

Bachelor's and master's regalia can be purchased online until April 29th or purchased in-person at various times throughout the Spring semester. Regalia rentals are not available for bachelor's or master's candidates.

Online shipping charges are $25 until midnight on April 19 and $36.90 from April 19th-April 29th.

In-person purchase options:

  • GW Campus Store, March 24th-April 25th, Marvin Center Lower Level
  • GW Spirit Shop, April 29th-May 18th, Marvin Center First Floor

For more information on purchasing regalia (including pricing) please visit https://commencement.gwu.edu/academic-dress-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 17, starting at 7:00 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 4:00 pm.

All graduates (all degrees) should report in cap and gown to Funger Hall, 2201 G Street, NW starting at 5:45 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 [email protected].

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 congratulations from your department chair, 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 or are hooded. You will provide them with your contact information on the card with your name and they will email 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.

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.

Invitations for Family Members Overseas

For invitation letters for family who live overseas please contact the GW Office of the Registrar  Letters of Invitation can be used by current students to invite friends and/or family members to the United States. These letters are mostly requested to invite family members to the graduation ceremony or persons to visit while the student is pursuing a degree. Students must be registered for future term or currently enrolled to request a letter of invitation for a visit, or must have applied for graduation to request a letter of invitation for the graduation ceremony.

The request must include the proper spelling of each visitor's name and his or her relationship to the student requesting the letter. You are strongly encouraged to print neatly or type the names for a Letter of Invitation to ensure proper spelling in the final letter.

 

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

Watch the SEAS and University Commencement ceremonies live online from May 16 to May 19.

Graduation Information for Doctoral Candidates (Please read carefully)

Congratulations to all 2019 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 16

  • School of Engineering and Applied Science Graduate Lunch
    (for SEAS Master's, Doctoral candidates, guests, faculty, and staff)
    11:30 am, Science & Engineering Hall
    800 22nd Street, NW, Washington DC 20052
  • Student lineup
    (all SEAS doctoral candidates ONLY report for lineup)
    12:30 p.m., in the lower level of Lisner Auditorium
    730 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
    (for SEAS Doctoral candidates, guests, faculty, and staff)
    1:30 pm, Lisner Auditorium (Doors open at 1:00 pm)
    730 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052

Sunday, May 19

  • All Graduates Line-Up at the National Mall
    8:30 am, National Mall
  • Processions step off at the National Mall
    9:30 am, National Mall
  • University Commencement
    10:00 am, National Mall
    For more information visit the university commencement website.

Complete online graduation survey

All GW graduates are asked to complete the mandatory online graduation survey before claiming their ticket.  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 for the hooding ceremony. Graduates will need to forward a copy of their email confirmation to claim their tickets.

Commencement and School Celebration Ticket Distribution

Tickets for the SEAS Hooding Ceremony will be available electronically beginning April 22. After completing the mandatory online graduation survey, please forward the email confirmation to [email protected] for Off-Campus students or [email protected] for On-Campus students. 

You will then receive an email reply with the link and a one-time use code to claim your guest tickets. Graduates will receive twelve guest tickets for the SEAS Hooding Ceremony. Graduates themselves do not need a ticket.

Tickets are not required to attend Commencement on the National Mall. If you plan to attend the ceremony on the Mall, we ask that you register your guests online. You may register up to six guests. Thank you for your help as we plan this momentous occasion.

Regalia (Cap and Gown) Purchase and Rental Information

Graduates are required to wear regalia (cap & gown) for all graduation ceremonies. 

You can keep your regalia, unless you have rented it.

You can purchase regalia online until 11:59 p.m., Friday, April 19. There is a $25 shipping charge for online orders. Regalia orders will be shipped to the address provided at the time of purchase.

For purchases, select "Regalia Ship to Home" from the drop-down menu and then select SEAS.

If you miss the April 19th deadline, regalia can also be rented from The GW Spirit Shop, Marvin Center First Floor from May 13th-May 18th. Emergency pick-ups and rentals only on May 19th.

Please note that all SEAS D.Eng. Hoods should be ORANGE and Ph.D. Hoods should be BLUE.

For more information on purchasing regalia (including pricing) please visit https://commencement.gwu.edu/academic-dress-regalia.

SEAS Hooding Ceremony

The School of Engineering and Applied Science Hooding Ceremony will take place at the Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street, NW on Thursday, May 16, starting at 1:30 pm. Prior to the SEAS Hooding Ceremony there will be a lunch 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 11:30 am.

All graduates should report in cap and gown to Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street, NW, Lower Level starting at 12:30 pm for check-in and line-up. Your guests should go directly to the Lisner Auditorium at 1:00 pm.

Be aware that another school will be holding its celebration in the Lisner Auditorium immediately before ours, so the staff may not be ready to seat our guests before 1:00 pm. Guests are asked to please wait outside the Lisner Auditorium until they open the doors rather than go in with you to the lower level.

Seating in the Lisner Auditorium 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 [email protected].

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

At the SEAS Hooding Ceremony your name will be called and you will walk across the stage, receive the dean's personal congratulations, and be formally hooded by the dean and your advisor.  A professional photographer will be taking a photo of each graduate as you shake the dean's hand or are hooded. You will provide them with your contact information on the card with your name and they will email 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.

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.

Invitations for Family Members Overseas

For invitation letters for family who live overseas please contact the GW Office of the Registrar  Letters of Invitation can be used by current students to invite friends and/or family members to the United States. These letters are mostly requested to invite family members to the graduation ceremony or persons to visit while the student is pursuing a degree. Students must be registered for future term or currently enrolled to request a letter of invitation for a visit, or must have applied for graduation to request a letter of invitation for the graduation ceremony.

The request must include the proper spelling of each visitor's name and his or her relationship to the student requesting the letter. You are strongly encouraged to print neatly or type the names for a Letter of Invitation to ensure proper spelling in the final letter.

 

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

Visit the commencement website for more information.

 

Please check this webpage for future updates!  Thank you!