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2021 Commencement Schedule

Updated as of 4/5/21

Commencement will be held virtually this year with a two-part ceremony. The first part will be a University-wide degree conferral to be held at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 23, 2021. School-specific name recognition ceremonies will immediately follow and will last 60-120 minutes depending on the size of the school. Various smaller school tropaias and awards ceremonies each lasting less than an hour will occur virtually in the days leading up to commencement according to the schedule below. All times listed are ET. This page will be updated with more details as they become available.

Friday, May 14, 2021

Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, 9 a.m.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 

School of Continuing Studies Tropaia, 6 p.m.

Thursday, May 20, 2021 

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 will occur during their school name recognition ceremony on Sunday

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Baccalaureate Mass, 10 a.m.

University Degree Conferral Ceremony, 12 p.m.

Name Recognition Ceremonies by School/Program, 1 p.m.

*School of Foreign Service Graduate Programs Recognition Ceremonies, TBD

Academic Regalia

For anyone who wishes to purchase cap and gown packages, rings, and other commemorative items, our official regalia provider, Jostens, is taking orders on their Georgetown specific ordering page.

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.