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2021 Commencement

View the 2021 Commencement live streams on the Hoyas 2021 web page. The undergraduate ceremony and graduate and professional ceremony will also be streamed on Facebook.

Georgetown University will host an in-person Commencement for the Class of 2021 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC, on Monday, May 24, 2021.

There will be one ceremony for all undergraduate schools at 10 a.m. EDT and another ceremony for all graduate and professional programs at 5 p.m. EDT. Each ceremony is expected to last approximately two hours.

Graduates attending the ceremony in-person are invited to bring two guests. All attendees will need to adhere to DC public health and travel guidelines.

Ceremonies will be broadcast virtually for graduates, families, friends, and members of our community who are unable to attend in person.

School-specific Commencement information will continue to be updated with more details as they become available.

Commencement Schedule

(All events are virtual, unless otherwise noted. Links to view these events will be added closer to Commencement.)

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Georgetown University Qatar Tropaia Ceremony, 2:30 p.m. (EDT)

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Georgetown University Qatar Commencement Ceremony, 2:30 p.m. (EDT)

Friday, May 14, 2021

Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, 9 a.m.

Lav Grad Celebration

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 

School of Continuing Studies Tropaia, 6 p.m.

Thursday, May 20, 2021 

Black Graduate Student Alliance (BGSA) Recognition Ceremony, 11 a.m.

Cultural Ceremonies, 6 p.m.

McCourt School of Public Policy Awards Ceremony, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, May 21, 2021

Social Justice Send-off Ceremony, 10 a.m.

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, 11 a.m.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

McDonough School of Business Undergraduate Tropaia, 11 a.m.

Georgetown College Tropaia, 12 p.m.

School of Foreign Service Undergraduate Tropaia, 1 p.m.

Faculty of Language and Linguistics Ceremony, 2 p.m.

Phi Beta Kappa Ceremony, 3 p.m.

School of Nursing and Health Studies Pinning Ceremony, 4 p.m.

School of Nursing and Health Studies Tropaia, 5 p.m.

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Baccalaureate Mass, 10 a.m.

Monday, May 24, 2021

In-Person Undergraduate Commencement @ Nationals Park

In-Person Graduate/Professional School Commencement @ Nationals Park

Academic Regalia

For anyone who wishes to purchase cap and gown packages, the Georgetown University Bookstore is now taking orders for shipment.

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.

If you have questions about commencement, please contact mcevents@georgetown.edu.