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About Commencement

The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Commencement ceremony is a festive, colorful, joyous event on Healy Lawn at which all doctoral and master’s students from the Graduate School — including Biomedical Graduate Education (BGE) programs — walk across the stage and are awarded their degrees by the Graduate School Dean and President of Georgetown University. The ceremony takes place annually in mid-May. Participation in the Graduate School Commencement ceremony is for those who are receiving their degree in May 2023, or who have have been awarded their degree in August or December of the prior year (i.e. August 2022 or December 2022).

Only in the case of severe weather (electrical storms, for example) would this ceremony be officially moved indoors. If moved indoors, tickets may be required, with limits on the number of tickets available per student. If an OFFICIAL severe weather call is made and the event is moved indoors, instructions will be sent to all graduating students via email and posted on this website.

Note: Some schools, departments, and programs also have other ceremonies and receptions following this event. Other schools at Georgetown University have their own commencement ceremonies at different times and do not participate in this Graduate School Commencement ceremony (see Other Graduate Ceremonies section below).

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2023 Commencement Ceremonies Anchor

2023 Commencement Ceremonies

Full details regarding the 2023 Graduate Commencement ceremony will be made available in early spring to all graduating students.

Multicultural Celebration

Wednesday, May 17, 2023
3:30 p.m. | Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri Building

The Multicultural Celebration is held the Wednesday prior to the Graduate School Commencement Ceremony. It is a ceremony for all master’s and doctoral students in all schools at Georgetown to celebrate their multicultural heritage, diversity and achievements.

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

Thursday, May 18, 2023
9:30-10:30 a.m. | Ceremony: Gaston Hall (Healy Hall, 3rd Floor)
10:30 a.m.-Noon | Reception: Dahlgren Courtyard

The Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, held the Thursday prior to the Graduate School Commencement Ceremony, is a ceremony for doctoral students in all schools at Georgetown University to be recognized 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 are invited to this formal academic event held in Gaston Hall, located on the third floor of Healy Hall. Academic regalia (cap, gown, hood) is required to participate. The Graduate School Dean hosts a reception for the doctoral students and their mentors in the Dahlgren Courtyard of Healy Hall following the Hooding Ceremony.

Graduate School Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 19, 2023
9:00-11:45 a.m. | Healy Lawn (rain or shine)
(Severe Weather Site: McDonough Gymnasium)

The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Commencement ceremony is an event at which all doctoral and master’s students from the Graduate School — including Biomedical Graduate Education (BGE) programs — walk across the stage and are awarded their degrees by the Graduate School Dean and President of Georgetown University. This formal academic ceremony takes place on Healy Lawn, rain or shine. Traditionally, tickets have not been required for outdoor ceremonies, and seating is available on a first-come basis beginning at 7:45 a.m. Academic regalia (cap, gown, hood) is required to participate. Only in the case of severe weather would this ceremony be officially moved indoors.

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Detailed Schedule of Events

Date Time Location Event
Wednesday, May 17, 2023 3:30 p.m. Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri Building Multicultural Celebration
Reception to follow in PWC Plaza, Hariri Building 5:00 p.m.
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Thursday,
May 18, 2023
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Healy Hall
(Gaston Hall, 3rd floor)
Doctoral Hooding Ceremony and Reception (tickets required)
Reception to follow in Dahlgren Courtyard, Healy Hall 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon.
3:00 p.m. Healy Lawn (rain or shine)
(Severe Weather Site: McDonough Arena)
Commencement Ceremony: School of Nursing (SON)
5:30 p.m. Healy Lawn (rain or shine)
(Severe Weather Site: McDonough Arena)
Commencement Ceremony: McCourt School of Public Policy (MSPP)
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Friday,
May 19, 2023
(see below) Commencement Ceremony: Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
— Arts & Sciences graduate programs
— Biomedical Graduate Education programs
7:30 a.m. Report to Lineup Rooms
(Severe Weather Site: Lineup Tent in front of McDonough Arena)
Graduating students report to lineup rooms no later than 7:30 a.m. (allow time for transportation, traffic jams, parking, and walking to your lineup room).
Faculty should assemble, already dressed in regalia for lineup no later than 8:00 a.m.
8:30 a.m. From Lineup Rooms
(Severe Weather Site: McDonough Arena)
Graduating students process in formation to Healy Lawn
9:00 a.m. Healy Lawn
(Severe Weather Site: McDonough Arena)
Graduate School Commencement Ceremony begins
The ceremony concludes at approximately 11:30 a.m.
Friday, May 19, 2023 3:00 p.m. Healy Lawn
(Severe Weather Site: McDonough Arena)
Commencement Ceremony: McDonough School of Business (MSB)
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Saturday, May 20, 2023 5:00 p.m. Healy Lawn
(Severe Weather Site: McDonough Arena at 7:30 p.m.)
Commencement Ceremony: Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)
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Sunday, May 21, 2023 9:00 am Healy Lawn
(Rainsite: McDonough Arena)
Baccalaureate Mass
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Other Graduate Ceremonies

School of Nursing (SON) Ceremony
Thursday, May 18, 2023 at 3 p.m. on Healy Lawn (rain site: McDonough Arena)

McCourt School of Public Policy (MSPP) Ceremony
Thursday, May 18, 2023 at 6 p.m. on Healy Lawn (rain site: McDonough Arena)

McDonough School of Business (MSB) Ceremony
Friday, May 19, 2023 at 3 p.m. on Healy Lawn (rain site: McDonough Arena for Master’s degrees)

School of Health (SOH) Ceremony
Saturday, May 20, 2023 at Noon in Gaston Hall (rain site: McDonough Arena)

Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS) Ceremony
Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 5 p.m. on Healy Lawn (rain site: McDonough Arena at (tbd) for both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees)

Baccalaureate Mass
Sunday, May 21, 2023 at 9 a.m. on Healy Lawn (rain site: McDonough Arena)

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Academic Regalia

Academic regalia is required of all participants at both the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony and the Graduate School Commencement Ceremony. All participants are required to wear appropriate academic regalia (cap, gown and hood) and will not be allowed to participate in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony or main Commencement Ceremony without the regalia. Information on ordering academic regalia is available from the Graduate School early in the spring semester of each year.

The Georgetown University Bookstore in Leavey Center handles the advance ordering and distribution of academic regalia and may be contacted for further information. See the Academic Regalia section of the Graduate School website for more details.

Note: Caps and gowns are available for purchase in the University Bookstore Monday through Thursday of this week, May 15–18.

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Live Streaming

Many Georgetown Commencement events will be livestreamed for remote viewing. Information on where to find these streamed events (and the recorded archive) will be shared on Georgetown’s website and social media channels prior to these events. A livestream and archive of the Graduate School Commencement Ceremony (and other ceremonies) will be available on the Georgetown University Facebook page.

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Details and Memos for Graduating Students Anchor

Details and Memos for Graduating Students

This section will be updated in early Spring 2023.

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Additional Information Anchor

Additional Information

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

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