Graduation Information

Graduation Commencement


Congratulations to all 2017 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 graduation-related events.

Friday, May 19

  • School of Engineering and Applied Science Reception
    (for SEAS graduates, guests, faculty and staff)
    4:00 p.m., Science & Engineering Hall
    800 22nd Street, NW, Washington DC 20052
  • Student lineup
    (all SEAS graduating student ONLY report for lineup)
    5:45 p.m., Funger Hall
    2201 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science Celebration
    7:00 p.m., Charles E. Smith Center
    600 22nd Street NW, Washington DC 20052

Sunday, May 21

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


Grad Fair 2017

Thursday, March 30 - Saturday, April 1
GW Campus Store, Marvin Center Lower Level

Thursday Hours:  9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday Hours:  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Hours:  12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


  • caps and gowns
  • diploma frames


  • personalized announcements
  • class rings

To do:

  • Make your Senior Class Gift
  • Pose for Senior Portrait in the Cherry Tree Yearbook
                Portrait Sitting Hours:
                Thursday and Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
                Saturday 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Register for free Class of 2017 SEASON TICKETS at GW Athletics table (SENIORS)

Enter drawings to win gift cards, 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 campus, you can order these items online


Complete online graduation survey

Beginning Monday, March 27, 2017, 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 2017 and Summer 2017 graduates can pick up their commencement and school celebration tickets directly from SEAS Student Services in the Science & Engineering Hall beginning April 10th. Graduates will receive six guest tickets for Commencement on the National Mall and six guest tickets for the SEAS Celebration.

Commencement tickets for Summer 2016 and Fall 2016 graduates will be mailed by Friday, April 21, 2017, 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 Graduates should pick up their School celebration tickets directly from SEAS Student Services beginning April 10th.  Tickets will be distributed through April 29, M-F, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For information regarding extra tickets for Commencement on the National Mall, please contact University Events at (202) 994-7129 or Graduates can be placed on a wait list, maintained by the Office of University Events, Division of External Relations, beginning February 1, 2017. Tickets on the wait list can only be held for the graduate. Placement on the wait list does not guarantee you will be given the number of tickets you requested. If extra tickets are made available, graduates will receive email notification from the University Events after Friday, April 28, 2017.

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.


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.

For pre-orders, select "Grad Fair - Spring 2017" from the drop down menu and then select your school

Bachelor's and master's regalia can be purchased during Grad Fair 2017, Thursday, March 30-Saturday, April 1, at the GW Campus Store. If you cannot attend the fair, you can purchase regalia online until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 17. There is a $25 shipping charge for online orders. Regalia orders will be shipped to the address provided at time of purchase. Please note that all SEAS hoods (master’s and doctoral) should be orange .

For purchases, select "Regalia Ship to Home" from the drop down menu and then select your school

If you miss the April 17th deadline or the fair, you can purchase regalia at the GW Campus Store, Wednesday, May 10-Saturday, May 13; emergency purchases only Sunday, May 14.

Custom doctoral regalia can be purchased during at the Grad Fair 2017, March 30-April 1; and online until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. It takes approximately six weeks, from the time of purchase, for manufacturing.

For custom doctoral regalia purchases, select "Order Custom Regalia".

Doctoral regalia rentals can be rented online until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12. After April 12th, you can rent regalia at the GW Campus Store, Wednesday, May 10-Saturday, May 13; emergency rentals only Sunday, May 14.

For rental orders, select "Order a Cap and Gown" option; select "Doctor Degrees" from the drop down menu and then select your school.

For more information on purchasing or renting regalia please visit


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 19, starting at 7:00 p.m. 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 p.m.

We ask that all undergraduate participants (only) go to the 3rd Floor South Atrium in the SEH, overlooking H Street, at 5:30 p.m. 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 p.m. 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

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. Doctoral candidates will be formally hooded at this time. 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.

Tickets for the SEAS Celebration will be distributed from SEAS Student Services, Science & Engineering Hall 2500. You should hand in a copy of your email confirming completion of the 2017 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 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: