Dean’s Message About 2021 Commencement
Dear Graduate School Community:
The 2021 Graduate Commencement activities will take place over four days, starting with our inaugural Black Graduate Student Alliance Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, May 20, our various Name Recognition Ceremonies on Sunday, May 23, and our recently announced In-Person Graduate Commencement Ceremony at Nationals Park stadium at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 24. The full schedule of activities is provided below.
We will share detailed information on this page as it becomes available and details are finalized. We encourage you to return to this page over the weeks ahead for additional updates.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we worked through the challenges of the current year. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us (email@example.com) or to your graduate program with any questions or concerns.
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
NEWLY UPDATED INFORMATION ABOUT COMMENCEMENT 2021
Detailed information about participating in the various graduate ceremonies, including the recently announced In-Person Graduate Commencement Ceremony at Nationals Park stadium on Monday, May 24, is provided at the two links below.
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Information for GSAS Students can be found at:
Information for BGE Students can be found at:
Information from University President John DeGioia on April 22 about In-Person Commencement Ceremonies at Nationals Park stadium:
Schedule of 2021 Commencement Activities
- All Commencement ceremonies listed below will be streamed live online from: https://commencement.georgetown.edu/
- An archived copy of the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony will be available for viewing on the Graduate School Facebook page at: (TBD – link will be posted in May)
- An archived copy of the University’s Main Commencement Ceremonies will be available for viewing on the Georgetown University Facebook page at: (TBD – link will be posted in May)
- Note: All times are Washington, DC Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-4)
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Friday, May 21, 2021
11:00 a.m. Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
Sunday, May 23, 2021
10:00 a.m. Baccalaureate Mass
1:00 p.m. Georgetown’s Graduate Degree Conferral Ceremonies (includes all Graduate School students)
- 1:00 p.m. Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Recognition Ceremony
- 1:00 p.m. Biomedical Graduate Education (BGE) Recognition Ceremony
- 1:00 p.m. School of Nursing and Health Studies (SNHS) Recognition and Tropaia Ceremonies
- 1:00 p.m. McCourt School of Public Policy Graduate (McCourt) Programs Recognition Ceremonies
- 1:00 p.m. McDonough School of Business (MSB) Graduate Programs Recognition Ceremonies
- TBD Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS) Graduate Programs Recognition Ceremonies
Monday, May 24, 2021
Georgetown University will host an in-person Commencement for the Class of 2021 at Nationals Park stadium in Washington, DC, on Monday, May 24, 2021.
The ceremony will begin at 5:00 p.m. for graduate and professional studies students.
Graduates attending the ceremony in-person are invited to bring two guests. All attendees will need to adhere to DC public health and travel guidelines.
Specific information on times, registration, seating, and additional event details for the Commencement ceremonies at Nationals Park will be announced soon.
Ceremonies will be broadcast virtually for graduates, families, friends, and members of our community who are unable to attend in person.
School-specific Commencement information will continue to be updated with more details as they become available.
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Academic Regalia and Commemorative Items
Because of the online nature of 2021 Commencement, academic regalia is not required. However, anyone wishing to purchase academic regalia such as caps, gowns, hoods, and sashes, as well as class rings and other commemorative items, should go to the Georgetown page on the Josten’s website (our official regalia supplier).
A detailed description of the various types of graduate academic regalia is also on the Graduate School website for informational purposes prior to ordering.Back to Top
Commencement Website and Webcasts
- Note: All times displayed throughout these webpages are for Washington, DC Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-4)
Georgetown University main Commencement Website
Georgetown University’s main Commencement information website is located at: https://commencement.georgetown.edu/ and features information about all University Commencement-related activities, links to various Commencement ceremony webcasts, and other relevant information for students and their friends and family.
Live Streaming Commencement Webcasts
Live streaming webcasts of all Georgetown University Commencement ceremonies will available at: https://commencement.georgetown.edu/
Archived Copies of the Commencement Webcasts
After May 23, an archived copy of the University main Commencement Ceremony will be available for viewing online at: (TBD – link will be posted in late Spring)
After May 23, an archived copy of the Graduate School’s Doctoral Hooding Ceremony and Graduate School Name Recognition Ceremony will be available for viewing at: (TBD – link will be posted in late Spring)Back to Top
UPDATE: See the recent announcement about the Graduate In-Person Commencement Ceremony to be held on Monday, May 24, 2021 at National’s Park stadium in Washington, DC.
Q. What about the postponed event for the Class of 2020?
A. We know members of our Class of 2020 may be eager to be together for a celebration on campus and that the progress of the pandemic has delayed your return longer than we originally anticipated. As we look ahead, we see promising signs about the overall trajectory of the pandemic and the possibility of a return to our regular activities in the coming months. Our hope is to begin actively planning with the Class of 2020 and class representatives for a future gathering on campus to honor and celebrate your class. We will be in communication as soon as possible with further details.
Q. Can you tell me more about the in-person opportunity mentioned in President DeGioia’s recent email?
A. Students will be receiving more information about these opportunities from their schools and programs in the coming weeks. These in-person opportunities will be for the graduates only. We regret we cannot invite families and guests to campus this year, and discourage anyone from outside of Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia from travelling to campus. The University has recently announced that there will be a Graduate In-Person Commencement Ceremony held on Monday, May 24, 2021 at the National’s Park Stadium in Washington DC. See the information elsewhere on this page, and in emails sent directly to graduating students.
Q. If we want to order caps and gowns and other commencement items, how do we do that?
A. Please see the section above labelled “Academic Regalia & Commemorative Items” for information or go to the Georgetown/Jostens website to order.
Q. What about printed announcements?
A. Please go to the Georgetown/Jostens printed announcements website to order.
Q. How will I get my diploma?
A. Diplomas will be mailed to students directly from our diploma printing partner. The mailing address used will be the one on your graduation application. It is not possible to update the diploma address in MyAccess, but you will receive an email message in May giving you the opportunity to provide a different mailing address (if needed) that will be valid over the summer.
Q. Where can I find a translation of the Latin printed on my diploma?
A: Please go here for a translation of your diploma.
Additional Graduation Information
Additional graduation information for Graduate Students can be found on the How to Graduate page of the Graduate School website.Back to Top