Commencement

Commencement 2020

The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Commencement 2020 Ceremonies

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony & Reception

Thursday, May 14, 2020   9:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.

Gaston Hall, Healy Hall (3rd Floor)

Reception to follow in Dahlgren Courtyard, Healy Hall 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon


Graduate School Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 15, 2020     9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

Healy Lawn (rain site: McDonough Gymnasium)

Arts & Sciences Graduate Programs
Biomedical Graduate Education Programs


Other Graduate Commencement Ceremonies:

  • Doctoral Hooding Ceremony & Reception             
    • Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Healy Hall,  3rd Floor (Gaston Hall)
    • Rain Site: same location
  • McCourt School of Public Policy (MSPP)                 
    •  Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.      
    • Rain Site: McDonough Arena
  • McDonough School of Business (MSB)                    
    • Friday, May 15, 2020 at 3:00 p.m., Healy Lawn
    • Rain Site: McDonough Arena)
  • School of Nursing and Health Studies (SNHS)       
    • Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 2:00 p.m., Healy Lawn
    • Rain Site: McDonough Arena
  • Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)                     
    • Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 5:00 p.m., Healy Lawn   
      (ceremony now includes both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.
    • Rain Site: McDonough Arena at 7:30 pm

Important Information for Graduating Students

2020 Commencement Details for all Graduating Students (coming soon)

Webcasts

Live webcasts of all Commencement main ceremonies will be available at  http://webcast.georgetown.edu.

General Information

The Graduate School Commencement Ceremony is a festive and colorful event at which all Doctoral and Master’s students from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (including Biomedical Graduate Education (BGE) programs) walk across the stage and are awarded their diplomas by the Graduate Dean and the President of the University.  It takes place annually in mid-May. Participation in the Graduate School Commencement Ceremony is limited to those who have been awarded degrees between July and May of the current academic year.   Some schools, departments, and programs also have other ceremonies and receptions following this event.  The Graduate Commencement Ceremony is NOT a ticketed event. [Please note: Other schools at Georgetown University have their own commencement ceremonies at different times and do not participate in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Commencement Ceremony).

The Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, held the day prior (Thursday) to the Graduate School Commencement Ceremony, is a ceremony for Doctoral students in all Schools at Georgetown University to be recogized and have their doctoral hood put in place by their mentors, advisors, and other members of the Georgetown Faculty, including the Dean of the Graduate School. All graduating doctoral students, as well as their family and friends, are welcomed to this formal academic event held in Gaston Hall.  The Graduate School Dean hosts a reception for the doctoral students following the Hooding Ceremony.  The Doctoral Hooding Ceremony is NOT a ticketed event.  [Please note: Doctoral students are also required to attend the Graduate School Commencement Ceremony held on Friday morning in order to receive their actual diploma].

All participants at both events are required to wear appropriate academic regalia (cap, gown, and hood). Information on ordering academic regalia is available from the Graduate School early in the spring semester of each year and is posted on the Graduate School website under the Academic Regalia  section. The Georgetown University Bookstore handles the advance ordering and distribution of academic regalia and may be contacted for further information.   See the Academic Regalia section for more details.

Schedule of 2020 Graduate School Commencement Events

2020 Commencement Events Schedule
Date Time Location Event
Thursday,
May 14, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Healy Hall,
3rd floor
(Gaston Hall)
Doctoral Hooding Ceremony and Reception
Reception to follow in Dahlgren Courtyard, Healy Hall 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon.
Thursday,
May 14, 2020
5:30 p.m. Healy Lawn
(Rainsite: McDonough Gymnasium)
Commencement Ceremony:
McCourt School of Public Policy (MSPP)
Friday,
May 15, 2020
    Commencement Ceremony: Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
— Arts & Sciences graduate programs
— Biomedical Graduate Education programs
  7:30 a.m. Report to Lineup Rooms
(Rainsite: Tent in front of McDonough Gymnasium)
Graduating students report to lineup rooms(allow time for transportation, traffic jams, parking, and walking to your lineup rooms). Faculty should assemble, already dressed in regalia for lineup no later than 8:00 a.m.
  8:30 a.m. From Lineup Rooms
(Rainsite: McDonough Arena)
Graduating students process in formation to Healy Lawn
  9:00 a.m. Healy Lawn
(Rainsite: McDonough Arena)
Graduate School Commencement Ceremony begins (Ceremony concludes at approximately 11:00 a.m.)
Friday,
May 15, 2020  
11:00 a.m. Leavey Center Ballroom BGE Commencement Reception (All BGE graduates and their family are welcome)
Friday, May 15, 2020 3:00 p.m. Healy Lawn
(Rainsite: McDonough Arena)
Commencement Ceremony: McDonough School of Business (MSB)
Saturday, May 16, 2020 2:00 p.m. Healy Lawn
(Rainsite: McDonough Arena)
Commencement Ceremony: School of Nursing and Health Studies (SNHS)
Saturday, May 16, 2020 5:00 p.m. Healy Lawn
(Rainsite: McDonough Arena at 7:30 p.m.)
Commencement Ceremony: Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Sunday,
May 17, 2020
9:00 am Healy Lawn
(Rainsite: McDonough Arena)
Baccalaureate Mass

Additional Information

Additional graduation information can be found on the How to Graduate page.