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Commencement Information

School of Business Commencement Week Schedule

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
GWSB Graduation Gala
(Invitation Only)
7:30-11:00 pm Grand Hyatt Washington (1000 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20001)
 
Thursday, May 15, 2014
GWSB Specialized Masters Celebration
8:00 am Student lineup, Funger Hall Lobby (2201 G Street, NW)
9:00 am Celebration Ceremony, Charles E. Smith Center (600 22nd St.NW)
  Following the ceremony: Graduates/Family Reception (Duques Hall, Oglethorpe Great Hall)
 
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
(Invitation Only)
5:00 pm Charles E. Smith Center (600 22nd St. NW)
  Reception to follow Duques Hall, Oglethorpe Great Hall
 
Thursday, May 15, 2014
GWSB Awards Ceremony
(Invitation Only)  
6:00 pm Reception - Marvin Center Great Hall, (800 21st Street, NW)
7:00 pm Awards Ceremony - Marvin Center Betts Theatre, (800 21st Street, NW)
 
Friday, May 16, 2014
GWSB Undergraduate, MBA and Doctoral Celebration
2:15 pm Student Line Up, Funger Hall Lobby (2201 G Street, NW)
3:30 pm Celebration Ceremony, Charles E. Smith Center (600 22nd St. NW)
  Following the ceremony: Graduates/Family Reception (Duques Hall, Oglethorpe Great Hall)
  Following the ceremony: Graduates/Family Reception (Duques Hall, Oglethorpe Great Hall)
 
Sunday, May 18, 2014
University Commencement
9:00 am All Graduates Line-Up for Procession
9:30 am Procession begins
10:00 am George Washington University Commencement, The National Mall

 

Visit http://commencement.gwu.edu for more information.

 

Ticket Distribution - Starting April 24, 2014

Number of tickets per School of Business student:

  • GWSB Undergraduate, MBA and Doctoral Celebration: FOUR tickets per student
  • GWSB Specialized Masters Celebration: EIGHT tickets per student
  • University Commencement: SIX tickets per student

During ticket distribution hours students may sign up for extra GWSB celebration tickets or email gwsbtix@gwu.edu. Students will be notified via email by May 9, 2014 regarding their request for additional tickets.

Schedule of ticket distribution for ALL Spring 2014 and Summer 2014:

Thursday, April 24, 2014 and Friday, April 25, 2014
10:00 am - 7:00 pm Duquès Hall, Suite 355

Saturday, April 26, 2014
10:00 am - 2:00 pm Duquès Hall, Suite 355

Monday - Friday, April 28 - May 7, 2014 -- (Monday-Friday ONLY)
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Duquès Hall, Suite 355

School Celebration tickets and University Commencement tickets will be distributed to Spring 2014 and Summer 2014 graduates only by GWSB Office of Events. A valid GWorld card and a graduation survey confirmation receipt are required to pick up your tickets in person.

If you have not completed the mandatory online graduation survey, go to https://survey.gwu.edu/2014-graduation-survey. Survey will be available on March 26th.

ATTENTION: Summer 2013 and Fall 2013 graduates must e-mail gwsbtix@gwu.edu arrangement for School of Business Celebration tickets. Commencement tickets for Summer 2013 and Fall 2013 graduates will be mailed by April 16, 2014 by the Office of University Events. They will not be mailed automatically, you must request tickets.

All GW School of Business Celebration tickets will be distributed by the Office of Events EXCEPT:

Master of Science in Information Systems Technology (MSIST) – Ashburn Campus

Tickets will be distributed from Ashburn Campus. For additional information, please contact Karen Cholakis (703-726-8310).


World Executive MBA Program

Tickets will be distributed by Executive Programs, Duques Hall, Suite 657. For additional information, please contact 202.994.8440.

 

STAR EMBA Program

Tickets will be distributed to students who are registered for graduation by the STAR EMBA Program Office. For additional information, please contact Karen Akers at 202-994-4776.

 

PhD Graduates

Tickets will be distributed by the Office of Doctoral Programs, Duquès Hall, Suite 450. For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Huff (202-994-6298).

 

Thursday, May 15th Specialized Masters Procession Arrival & Attire Information

All students must wear cap and gown for the School of Business Celebration and during Commencement. Visit the GW Commencement site for ordering information. NONE will be available on the day of, you must order ahead.

Graduates should arrive at Funger Hall (2201 G Street, NW) during the designated arrival time: 8:00 am. Do not bring personal belongings as there will be no secure place to keep them and you will be walking.

All family and guests of graduates must proceed directly to the Smith Center and be seated by 8:45 am in the Charles E. Smith Center. Overflow viewing space for the ceremony will be available in the 1st and 2nd floor classrooms of Duques Hall (151, 152, 254, 255, and 258), entrance on 22nd Street.

Upon arrival in Funger Hall, 1st Floor, students should line-up behind the appropriate degree sign. The GWSB Commencement Team will be available to direct you to the appropriate area. The school commencement ceremony will last approximately two hours.

DO NOT BE LATE. The procession will begin on time!

Graduates are strongly encouraged to specify, before the ceremony, the exact location where they will meet their guests at the conclusion of the Ceremony.

Friday, May 16th Undergraduate and MBA Celebration Procession Arrival & Attire Information

All students must wear cap and gown for the School of Business Celebration and during Commencement. Visit the GW Commencement site for ordering information. NONE will be available on the day of, you must order ahead.

ONLY - MBA graduates should arrive at Funger Hall (2201 G Street, NW) and Undergraduates should arrive at Duques Hall, Crain Center during the designated arrival time: 2:15 pm. Do not bring personal belongings as there will be no secure place to keep them and you will be walking.

All family and guests of graduates must proceed directly to the Smith Center and be seated by 3:15 pm in the Charles E. Smith Center. Overflow viewing space for the ceremony will be available in the 1st and 2nd floor classrooms of Duques Hall (151, 152, 254, 255, and 258), entrance on 22nd Street.

Upon arrival in Funger Hall, 1st Floor, students should line-up behind the appropriate degree sign. The GWSB Commencement Team will be available to direct you to the appropriate area. The school commencement ceremony will last approximately two hours.

DO NOT BE LATE. The procession will begin on time!

Graduates are strongly encouraged to specify, before the ceremony, the exact location where they will meet their guests at the conclusion of the Ceremony.

Visit the University’s Commencement homepage or call the GW School of Business Office of Events at 202-994-8252 for more information

GWSB Student Speaker/Singer Audition

One MBA graduate, one specialized masters graduate and one undergraduate student will be selected to speak about his/her experiences, lessons learned, and words of encouragement on stage in front of fellow graduates, family, friends, faculty and staff at their School of Business Commencement Celebration either Thursday, May 15th or Friday, May 16th depending on degree. In addition, one specialized masters student singer will be selected to sing the National Anthem and Alma Mater at the Thursday, May 15th celebration and one Undergraduate or MBA Student Singer will be selected to sing the National Anthem and Alma Mater at the Friday, May 16th celebration.

Eligibility

  • Any student (undergraduate, graduate, on-campus, distance learning, etc.) who earned his/her degree in Fall 2013 or will earn their degree in Spring 2014 or Summer 2014 is eligible.
  • Good academic standing

Process

Prospective graduates interested in being a speaker or singer at the School of Business Commencement Celebrations should email gradspkr@gwu.edu to sign up for an audition time. Auditions will be held on March 19, 2014 from 10:00AM-1:00PM in Funger Hall, Room 420. Please be prepared to deliver a 3-5 minute commencement speech or to sing the National Anthem and Alma Mater. Everyone that auditions should send a brief bio and a recent photo to gradspkr@gwu.edu by March 17, 2014.

Selected students will receive 4 additional tickets to the GWSB Celebration. For more information please call the Office of Events at 202-994-8252. You can also download the flyer.

The University-wide student speaker competition is run through the Office of University Events. If you are interested in auditioning to speak on the National Mall, please contact the Office of University Events or visit http://commencement.gwu.edu for information.

Disability Services

GW Commencement Weekend is an exciting time for graduates and their families, and we hope to make the weekend’s events accessible to all. In recognition of this goal, several options are available to those graduates and visitors who require interpreting services or physical accommodations.

Interpreting Services

Sign language interpreters will be provided at Commencement Weekend events on an as-needed basis, excluding University Commencement on the National Mall. To request an interpreter for an event, please visit the University Commencement website to fill out the Special Events Interpreter Form, or email Christina Galarza in Disability Support Services at galarza@gwu.edu by April 18th.

Sign language interpreters will be provided at University Commencement on the National Mall on Sunday, May 18th regardless of request. If you wish to be seated near an interpreter at the ceremony, please call the Office of University Events at (202) 994-7129 to make arrangements for special seating.

Restricted Mobility

The Business School Celebration will be held in the Smith Center at 600 22nd Street, NW. The building meets ADA accessibility guidelines and provides multiple options for guests with special mobility needs. However, it is important to note that the Smith Center does not reserve any type of accessible seating ahead of time.

It may be helpful to refer to the Smith Center Seating Diagram to locate the accessible seating options discussed in the Guests section, below.

Graduates

Graduates who use wheelchairs or who have restricted mobility should contact the Office of GWSB Events at (202) 994-8252 by April 18th to make arrangements for the Business School Celebration at the Smith Center and other Business School Commencement Weekend events.

Guests

Guests who use wheelchairs - The Smith Center’s wheelchair areas are located in boxes 6 and 10, and at the front of the yellow seats in sections 202-205. Each guest using a wheelchair may be accompanied by one additional person in these sections. We recommend using either the Box Office entrance or the Northeast entrance (at the corner of G Street and 22nd Street) to the Smith Center, as both offer ample ramp access.

Guests with restricted mobility - The restricted mobility area of the Smith Center is located at the top of the blue seats in sections 102-104. Each guest sitting in this area may be accompanied by one additional person.

Please note: All guests with special needs should plan to arrive at the Smith Center early to ensure that they reach their seats comfortably. There is no special parking for the Smith Center. Generally, guests who use wheelchairs or have restricted mobility should be dropped off at the Box Office. There will be Smith Center ushers on hand should guests have questions or desire assistance in getting seated.

Please check the list of Frequently Asked Questions on the University Commencement website regarding accommodations for graduates and guests at University Commencement on the National Mall. If you should have any further questions, you may contact the Office of University Events directly at (202) 994-7129.

The George Washington University Commencement on The National Mall

Sunday, May 18, 2014 - The National Mall

Summer 2013 and Fall 2013 commencement tickets are automatically mailed by mid-April. Spring 2014 and Summer 2014 graduating students must pick up commencement tickets with School Celebration tickets. The mandatory graduation survey must be completed prior to picking up tickets.

Procession begins at 9:30 am - Ceremony begins at 10:00 am

  • Public parking around the National Mall is extremely limited.
  • If you are driving to the National Mall arrive early to allow time for parking.
  • Guests are advised to take Metro – ONLY shuttles for handicap guests will be available this year.

Continue to visit Commencement homepage for more up to date information.