Commencement Schedule

Spring 2018

Dear Corcoran students,

Information regarding this year's GW commencement can be found in its entirety hereCommencement at the George Washington University is more than just one event on a single day — you can take part in celebrations for the entire week. Events range from including the entire graduate community, to separate schools, to individual groups.

University Commencement takes place on the National Mall and is open to all graduates, from bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs, to come and celebrate their achievements. This event requires tickets and includes remarks from leadership and speakers, and highlights honorary degree recipients.

Each school also has an additional ceremony to honor their graduates. Tickets are also required for guests to attend these events and each school can provide more information. Other individual recognition ceremonies pertain to specific groups, such as Phi Beta Kappa inductees, and usually require invites.

The following dates and times are those pertinent to Corcoran students: 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Master's Programs Ceremony
8:30 a.m. 
Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street NW

Corcoran Graduation Celebration - 4 - 7 PM
Flagg Building
500 17th Street NW

4 - 6 p.m.  The Studio Arts program and the legacy Corcoran students are invited to a champagne toast and celebration event in the Rotunda and Bridge. Students must RSVP for this event via this link to reserve up to four tickets for their friends and family.  As we have done in past years, we are coming together to celebrate your graduation with several degrees honored. The graduation ceremony festivities will begin at 3:30 PM. Students should gather in the Flagg Building rotunda starting at 3:30 PM for a toast. Then, the ceremony begins at 4 PM in the Bridge (second floor of the Flagg building). We have moved it from the Hammer Auditorium to include more guests. The honored speaker this year is Sheldon Scott, an artist, storyteller and performance artist. You can read more about him here: Students are welcome to wear creative hats (regalia is not traditionally worn at this events).

The degrees honored will include Art Studies (BA), Digital Media Design (BFA), Exhibition Design (MA), Fine Arts (BA), Fine Arts (BFA), Fine Arts (MFA), Fine Arts (AFA), Fine Art Photography (BFA), Graphic Design (BFA), Interior Design (BFA), Photojournalism (BFA) and New Media Photojournalism (MA). After the event at Hammer Auditorium, there will be a larger celebration with all Corcoran programs in the atrium (no ticket needed) with light snacks and drinks. 

5 - 6 p.m.  Other programs will be having individual parties for students' friends and family throughout the galleries of the Flagg Building (500 17th Street NW). No tickets needed. Here are the individual parties with a champagne toast:

Interior Architecture in Rotunda 
Music (majors and minors) in Gallery 5
Theater, Dance, Classical Acting, Production Design in Gallery 6
Art History in Gallery 8

Museum Studies, Decorative Arts & Design History in the Salon D'ore

6 - 7 p.m.  All-Corcoran Graduation Party - Flagg Atrium (500 17th Street NW) - After individual get-togethers with each program area in different galleries, there will be a larger celebration with all programs in the atrium after the individual parties conclude. Your families are of course welcome to attend both the individual gatherings and the celebration.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Degree Programs Celebration #1
12:00 p.m. 
Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street NW

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Degree Programs Celebration #2
3:30 p.m. 
Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street NW

Sunday, May 20, 2018
University Commencement Schedule (The National Mall)

  • 8:00 a.m. Metro service begins
  • 8:30 a.m. Graduates should arrive wearing their regalia and line up by school
  • 8:30 a.m. Faculty should arrive wearing their regalia and report to the backstage area
  • 9:00 a.m. All guests should be seated
  • 9:30 a.m. Academic processions begin
  • 10:00 a.m. Ceremony begins
  • 11:30 a.m. Ceremony concludes