“Go forth and set the world on fire.” –St. Ignatius of Loyola

A complete schedule of commencement-related events, is available for download. Please direct questions about Commencement to Meghan Hogge.

2020 Commencement Schedule

Thursday, May 14

9:00 a.m.: Graduate School Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, Gaston Hall

2:00 p.m.*: Senior Convocation

5:30 p.m.*: McCourt School of Public Policy Commencement, Healy Lawn (Rain site: McDonough Arena)

Friday, May 15

9:00 a.m.*: Graduate School Commencement, Healy Lawn (Rain site: McDonough Arena)

12:00 p.m.*: School of Continuing Studies Commencement, Healy Lawn (Rain site: McDonough Arena)

3:00 p.m.*: McDonough School of Business Commencement (undergraduate and graduate), Healy Lawn

(Rain Site: McDonough Arena)
Two ceremonies:
Rain #1: 3:00 p.m., Undergraduate Degrees
Rain #2: 5:30 p.m., Graduate Degrees

9:00 p.m.: Senior Ball, Union Station

Saturday, May 16

9:00 a.m.*: Georgetown College Commencement, Healy Lawn

(Rain Site: McDonough Arena)
Two ceremonies:
Rain #1: 9:00 a.m., Last Names beginning with A-K
Rain #2: 11:30 a.m., Last Names beginning with L-Z

2:00 p.m.*: School of Nursing & Health Studies Commencement, Healy Lawn (Rain site: McDonough Arena)

5:00 p.m.*: Walsh School of Foreign Service Commencement (undergraduate and graduate), Healy Lawn

(Rain Site: McDonough Arena)
Two ceremonies:
Rain #1: 5:00 p.m., Undergraduate Degrees
Rain #2: 7:30 p.m., Graduate Degrees

Sunday, May 17

9:00 a.m.*: Baccalaureate Mass

10:45 a.m.: Commencement Brunch (No tickets required)

11:00 a.m.*: Medical School Commencement, DAR Constitution Hall

Afternoon: Law Center Commencement

Afternoon: Law Center Commencement Small Recognition Ceremonies

Section 1 to 7 and LL.M. (A) and (B)

*Academic processions for all Commencement ceremonies will begin approximately 30 minutes before the posted ceremony time. Guests should be seated before the procession begins. 

What is Tropaia?

Tropaia essentially means Trophy and the Tropaia Ceremony is the event at which individual schools distribute awards. Each Dean’s office will inform students individually if they are receiving an award at this event.

The word Tropaia is ancient Greek and referred to a monument constructed to celebrate a military victory.