Each May, Georgetown looks forward to celebrating its graduates together with their families during Commencement Weekend. Commencement Weekend represents both the culmination of years of hard work and personal development and the beginning of a new chapter in our students’ lives, as they prepare to fulfill the Ignatian exhortation: Go forth and set the world on fire.

In addition to the university-wide events scheduled throughout the weekend and the numerous smaller receptions hosted by academic departments and programs, Georgetown College holds a number of events specific to our school.

College Commencement

Saturday, May 16, 2020 
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. At the conclusion of the ceremony, faculty and students recess and students are encouraged to collect their diplomas on Copley Lawn.

Note: In the event of inclement weather, Commencement will be held in McDonough Gymnasium, and the College will hold two ceremonies as follows: Students with last names A-K at 9:00 a.m., and students with last names L-Z at 11:30 a.m. In a rain ceremony, students report to and process from a tent in front of McDonough, and diploma pickup will be located in the Intercultural Center Galleria. All other aspects of the ceremony are the same.

For further questions about commencement, please refer to our FAQ.

College Tropaia 

Friday, May 15, 2020
12:30 p.m., Gaston Hall
Dean’s Reception will follow in ICC Galleria

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, or valedictory, address(es). See the undegraduate 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 15, 2020
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

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