Graduation 2017


Welcome to GSEHD’s Commencement website. We are excited that you will be joining us during commencement week as we celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates. This website will share important details about graduation requirements and information about this year's commencement activities. Check back regularly for updates to the GSEHD commencement schedule, speaker announcements, and more. For detailed information on University-wide graduation events, please visit the GW Commencement website. Learn more about accessibility at Commencement here.

If you are planning to complete all of your degree requirements this academic year, please note the deadlines below for submitting your Application for Graduation or Application for Certificate Clearance. Please note that there are two applications:

(Doctoral students should contact for specific instructions).

Please submit Certificate applications via e-mail to your Student Services Representative in the Office of Student Services.

If you are graduating this semester please refer to the Commencement Checklist to ensure that you have completed all required items.

Graduation Clearance

Application Deadlines and Conferral Dates

  • Spring 2017 Candidates: online graduation applications are due on February 1, 2017.
  • Summer 2017 Candidates: EdS and Master’s candidates who are completing programs in summer 2017 but plan on participating in the spring 2017 graduation ceremony must first register for summer classes, then apply for graduation online between February 29- March 15, 2017. (This is NOT an option for Doctoral students).

For more information on graduation application deadlines and degree conferral dates, please visit the Registrar's graduation page .

Receiving Your Diploma

The Office of Student Life clears all GSEHD students for graduation. Please note that degree clearance for everyone other than doctoral students usually takes place after the official degree conferral date. Degree conferral cannot occur until all requirements have been successfully completed. Please check your DegreeMAP to ensure that your requirements bar says 100% completion.

Remember that you are required to be registered in the semester in which your degree will be conferred. If you need an additional semester(s) to complete requirements, you must remain enrolled. If you have completed all your coursework but still have outstanding requirements (such as Praxis or comprehensive examinations), you may register for Continuous Enrollment by submitting a request form and a registration transaction form to your Student Services Representative.

You can verify that your degree has been conferred via your unofficial transcript on GWeb.

If you have not been cleared and believe that you have met all degree requirements, please contact your Student Services Representative.

If you have been cleared and have questions about your diploma, please refer to the Registrar’s Graduation Services Office.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 18

12:00 pm GSEHD Doctoral Lunch & Hooding Ceremony
Grand Ballroom, Marvin Center, 800 21st Street NW
TICKETS REQUIRED. This event is open to all GSEHD doctoral graduates. Each graduate will be recognized individually with remarks from his or her dissertation chair. A light lunch will be served. Graduates are required to wear their caps and gowns and bring their hoods.

Friday, May 19

6:30 pm GSEHD Gala
CityView Room, 7th Floor, 1957 E Street NW
Students and their guests are invited to celebrate the graduating class. Cocktails and hours d'oeuvres will be served from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Dress is cocktail attire. RSVP here

Saturday, May 20

7:45 am Graduates Line up for Procession
Funger Hall, 2201 G Street NW
Graduates will line up according to degree and program area. Each program will have a sign and a representative to assist graduates. Graduates are required to wear their caps and gowns.
8:30 am GSEHD Celebration
Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street NW
TICKETS REQUIRED. Graduates are required to wear their caps and gowns. Ticket distribution information is available at:
10:30 am GSEHD Reception
Grand & Continental Ballrooms, Marvin Center, 800 21st Street NW
All students, faculty and family members are encouraged to attend and celebrate this occasion. Light refreshments will be provided.

Sunday, May 21

9:00 am Graduates line up for procession
Graduates will line-up according to his or her school. Each area will have a sign and a representative to assist graduates. Graduates are required to wear their caps and gowns. Visit for more information.
9:30 am University Commencement
The National Mall, between 7th and 14th streets
TICKETS REQUIRED. This is a University-wide event for all graduating students and their ticketed guests. Ticket distribution information is available at
Cap & Gown


Caps and Gowns can be pre-ordered at the Commencement Fair in February and March. Students who are unable to attend the Commencement Fair can order their regalia online. Please note: doctoral regalia cannot be purchased online after April 1, 2017, and cannot be rented after April 12, 2017.

All regalia rentals can be picked up from the GW Bookstore, from Wednesday, May 17 to Saturday, May 20 during their regular business hours. All regalia rental returns can be either mailed to the GW Bookstore or dropped off at the bookstore during normal business hours on Friday, May 19 through Saturday, May 20 as well as the week after Commencement.

For more information on regalia, including pricing click here.

Commencement Fairs 2017

Doctoral Regalia Sale

  • GW Campus Store, Marvin Center (800 21st St NW, Washington DC)
  • February 15 & 16, 2017
  • Hours: 10 am-5 pm

Commencement Fair 2017 (Master's & EdS Regalia)

  • GW Campus Store, Marvin Center (800 21st St NW, Washington DC)
  • Thursday, March 30- Saturday, April 1
  • Hours: Thursday, 9 am -6 pm; Friday, 9 am - 5pm; Saturday, 12-4 pm

Purchasing or Renting Regalia Online

Online Purchasing Instructions
1. Go to
2.Doctoral Students: Click “Order Custom Regalia”.

  • Be sure to order a gown, hood, and tam
  • Select "Education (Light Blue)" for your hood color
  • PhD Counseling Students - select "PhD Philosophy (Dark Blue)" for your hood color

3. Master’s & EdS Students:

  • Click “Order a Cap and Gown”
  • Click “Regalia Ship to Home”
  • Select “Graduate School of Education and Human Development”
  • Select “Master’s degree” from the dropdown menu
  • Click on the “Cap and Gown” tab
  • Select your area of study (make sure it says GSEHD, all 6 GSEHD options are the same)

Doctoral - Online Rental Option
1. Go to
2. Click on "Order a Cap and Gown"
3. Select "Doctoral Degree"
4. Select "Graduate School of Education and Human Development"
5. Click on the "Cap and Gown" tab at the top of the page
6. Select your area of study (Education for all EdD students or Counseling for PhD students)
7. Pick up your rental at the GW bookstore between May 17-20

Graduation Tickets

Graduation Tickets

All candidates eligible to participate in 2017 graduation ceremonies can pick up their tickets directly from GSEHD. GSEHD does not mail tickets.

    All graduates will receive:
  • Six guest tickets for the GSEHD Celebration on Saturday, May 20
  • Six guest tickets for Commencement on the National Mall on Sunday, May 21

In order to receive your tickets, please complete the mandatory online graduation survey. Graduates will need to present a copy of their survey completion confirmation (either printed or on your mobile device) and a valid photo ID to claim their tickets. Tickets are required for guests only (not graduates) for the GSEHD Celebration, GSEHD Doctoral Lunch & Hooding Ceremony, and GW Commencement.

All doctoral students who successfully defend their dissertation by Friday, March 17, 2017 and submit all final dissertation documents to ProQuest by April 1, 2017 will also receive three tickets to the GSEHD Doctoral Lunch & Hooding Ceremony on Thursday, May 18 at 12:00 pm

Questions? Contact Rachel Dorfman-Tandlich at 202-994-7809 or

Extra Ticket Requests

Waiting List for GSEHD tickets: Graduates may request additional tickets for the GSEHD Celebration and GSEHD Doctoral Recognition by completing the online request form and stating the number of tickets. GSEHD will respond to requests for tickets beginning May 1st. In the past, we have been able to meet all requests for additional tickets to the GSEHD Graduation Celebration. A very limited number of extra tickets will be available for the Doctoral Lunch & Hooding Ceremony and there is no guarantee that GSEHD will distribute additional tickets for this event.

Ticket Pick-Up Information (Foggy Bottom Campus)




2136 G Street NW

Monday, April 24

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

1st floor reception area

Tuesday, April 25

9:00 am – 5:00 PM

Wednesday, April 26

9:00 am – 6:30 PM

Thursday, April 27

9:00 am – 6:30 PM

Friday, April 28

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Ticket Pick-Up Information (Off-Campus & Online Students)


Contact Name

Phone / Email

Alexandria Campus: Educational Leadership & Administration, EAPS, Organizational Leadership and Learning

Kimberly Lorjuste


Alexandria Campus: School Counseling

Rebecca Dedmond


Arlington Campus: Secondary Education

See main campus directions above


Ashburn Campus: Executive Leadership Program (ELP)

Amanda Ennis


Ashburn Campus: Educational Leadership & Administration, EAPS

Kimberly Lorjuste


Baltimore Campus: Special Education CEBD

Brian Ernest


Hampton Roads Center: EAPS, Educational Leadership and Administration

Marcia Brightman


Online Program: Educational Leadership and Administration

Marcia Brightman


Online Program: Education Technology Leadership

Diane Koffenburger


Online Program: Organizational Leadership and Learning

Joanna Sztandur

Online Program: Rehabilitation Counseling

Hannah Moss


Online Program: Special Education - CLDL

Matt Flannigan

Online Program: Special Education - Transition Services

Chelsea Manchester

Student Speaker Competition

GSEHD Graduation Student Speaker Competition

Calling all graduating students! Have you been reflecting on what your GSEHD experience means to you? Do you have the ability to inspire, motivate and empower your fellow graduates? If so, the Graduate School of Education and Human Development invites you to compete for the honor of Student Speaker at our May 20 School Celebration.

This year, we ask graduates to reflect on the theme: Transformation begins here.

To guide your thinking, you may want to consider the following quotes (it is not required to use a quote in your speech):
“The world is before you and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.” – James Baldwin

“The joy in life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” - Jon Krakauer

Process and guidelines:

The speaker’s address should be three to four minutes in length. In addition to addressing the quote described above, speeches should be of general interest to all graduates, faculty, staff and guests and relevant to graduation. Keep your audience in mind – GSEHD graduates come from a wide variety of fields.

A selection committee consisting of student representatives from a variety of programs will choose one graduate to represent this year’s graduating class at the GSEHD Celebration. This winner will then work with this committee to polish his/her remarks.

Entry Deadline: February 24, 2017. Sign up online here to participate.
Speeches due: March 2, 2017 (e-mail a copy of your speech, a 150-word bio and high-resolution photo of yourself to
Competition Date: March 3, 2017 (5:00- 7:00 pm)

All graduating students are eligible to compete. Graduates (including off-campus and distance students) who cannot be on-campus the week of the competition may compete via skype.