COVID-19 Update

Due to recent guidance from the CDC, school Commencement ceremonies and Commencement on the National Mall will not be held in person. We are working diligently to determine how we can, appropriately and safely, celebrate our graduates within the constraints of the current circumstances. Please share any suggestions you have to help mark this milestone for our graduates at

Graduation 2020


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.

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 15

10:30 am Doctoral Hooding Ceremony Check-In and Light Refreshments
Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street NW
Doctoral graduates and their guests are invited to mingle with faculty before the ceremony begins and enjoy light refreshments.
11:30 am Doctoral Graduates Line up for Procession
Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street NW
Graduates are required to wear their caps and gowns and bring their hoods.
12:00 pm GSEHD Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
Lisner Auditorium, 730 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.
Updates coming in early 2020.

Saturday, May 16

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.
9:00 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 17

8:30 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 NO LONGER REQUIRED. This is a University-wide event for all graduating students and their guests.
Graduation Clearance

Application Deadlines and Conferral Dates

  • Spring 2020 Candidates: online graduation applications are due on February 1, 2020.
  • Summer 2020 Candidates: EdS and Master’s candidates who are completing programs in summer 2020 but plan on participating in the spring 2020 graduation ceremony must first register for summer classes, then apply for graduation online between March 1, 2020 and March 15, 2020 (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.

Cap & Gown


Caps and Gowns can be pre-ordered at the Commencement Fair in March and April. Students who are unable to attend the Commencement Fair can order their regalia online. Please note: doctoral regalia cannot be purchased online after March 24, 2020, and cannot be rented after April 3, 2020.

All regalia rentals can be picked up from the GW Bookstore, from May 7 to May 16 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 TBD through TBD as well as the week after Commencement.

For more information on regalia, including pricing click here.

Grad Fairs 2020

Doctoral Regalia Sale

  • GW Campus Store, Marvin Center Lower Level(800 21st St NW, Washington DC)
  • Dates: Wednesday, February 19 & Thursday, February 20
  • Hours: 9 am - 5pm

Grad Fair 2020 (Master's & EdS Regalia)

  • Continental Ballroom, Marvin Center 3rd Floor (800 21st St NW, Washington DC)
  • Dates: March 31 - April 2, 2020
  • Hours: Thursday, 10 am - 7 pm; Friday, 10 am - 7 pm; Saturday, 10 am - 3 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 "Doctor of 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”
  • Select “Cap and Gown and/or Announcements”
  • Select “Graduate School of Education and Human Development”
  • Select "Master (Main Ceremony)"
  • Click on the “Cap and Gown” tab
  • Click on the “Graduation Regalia" button
  • Select your area of study (make sure it says GSEHD, all 6 GSEHD options are the same)

Doctoral - Online Rental Option (Available Now)
1. Go to
2. Click on "Order a Cap and Gown"
3. Select "Cap and Gown and/or Announcements"
4. Select "Graduate School of Education and Human Development"
5. Select "Doctor (Hooding Ceremony)"
6 Select "Pick up Cap and Gown on Campus" or "Ship Cap and Gown to my home"
7. Click on the "Cap and Gown" tab at the top of the page
8. Click on the “Graduation Regalia" button
9. Select your area of study (Doctor of Education for all EdD students or Counseling for PhD students)
10. If you chose to pick up your rental at the GW bookstore, please do so between May 13th and May 17th

Note to all Graduates: The Stole of Gratitude is an optional item for purchase.

Graduation Tickets

Graduation Tickets

Ticket information coming soon.
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 16, 2020 School Celebration.

Process and guidelines:

The speaker’s address should be three to four minutes in length. In addition to addressing the theme 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 28, 2020
Speeches due: March 3, 2020 (e-mail a copy of your speech, a 150-word bio and high-resolution photo of yourself to
Competition Date: March 6, 2020 (5:00-7:00 pm EST)

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.