Commencement

Georgetown University plans to host an in-person Commencement for the Class of 2022, subject to public health conditions. Visit commencement.georgetown.edu for full details.

The College Commencement exercises will be held on Healy Lawn (rain site: McDonough Arena) at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, May 21, 2022. Processional begins by 8:30 a.m. Tickets are not required if the ceremony is held outside, except for special accommodation seating.

College Commencement

Saturday, May 21, 2022 

9:00 a.m., Healy Lawn

Students and faculty process from Red Square to Healy Lawn. The honorary degree is conferred and the honoree delivers the commencement address. All graduates are recognized individually, and cross the stage as their names are read out. Degrees are officially conferred on the graduates. While seating directly in front of the stage is reserved for the graduates and special accommodation seating, families may claim other seats on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 7:00 a.m. No tickets are required for general seating.

College Tropaia

Friday, May 20, 2022

12:30 p.m., Gaston Hall 

Dean’s Reception will follow in the tent in the South West Quad

Tropaia (from the Ancient Greek, the origin of the English word “trophy”) is the College’s annual academic awards ceremony. Highlights include departmental awards, several College-wide awards for outstanding seniors, the Bunn Award for Faculty Excellence, and the Cohonguroton address(es). See the undergraduate bulletin for a full list of awards.

Students being honored will receive invitations in the spring, but all students and families are welcome to attend and celebrate their friends and classmates. A reception for all graduates and their guests follows in the Intercultural Center Galleria.

Faculty of Languages & Linguistics Awards Ceremony

Friday, May 20, 2022

3:00 p.m., ICC Auditorium

The Faculty of Languages and Linguistics Awards Ceremony recognizes students who have earned honors in an FLL program or distinguished themselves through service to the FLL. See the undergraduate bulletin for a full list of FLL awards.

University-Wide Commencement Events

The following is a condensed list of university-wide events of interest to our graduates and their guests. The complete schedule can be found at commencement.georgetown.edu.

  • Senior Convocation
  • Phi Beta Kappa Initiation and Reception
  • Multicultural Family Reception
  • Asian Heritage Ceremony
  • Harambee Ceremony (African-American Heritage Ceremony)
  • Despedida Ceremony (Latinx Heritage Ceremony)
  • Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
  • Social Justice Send-Off Reception
  • Senior Ball
  • Baccalaureate Mass
  • Commencement Brunch

Public Health Guidelines

To protect the health and safety of the Georgetown University community and our guests, all attendees at indoor Commencement events are expected to be up to date on COVID-19 vaccination or have a medical or religious exemption, though guests will not need to show proof of vaccination or exemption during Commencement Weekend. If you are unvaccinated, please take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours prior to attending any indoor Commencement event and stay home if you receive a positive test result.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of your vaccination status, please stay home and do not attend Commencement events in person.

Many Commencement events will be livestreamed. Information on where to tune in will be shared on Georgetown’s website and social media channels prior to these events.

Georgetown University has reinstated an indoor mask requirement on the Main and Medical Center campuses. We will continue to monitor public health conditions on our campuses, as well as COVID-19 community levels in DC and nationally, which will inform any updates to Georgetown’s public health guidelines.