2023 FAQ

Q. Do my family and friends need tickets for commencement ceremonies?

A. All commencement ceremonies, the Senior Convocation and the Baccalaureate Mass are planned as outdoor events. Outdoor ceremonies do not require tickets, and seating is available first-come, first-serve. 

In the event of severe weather, ceremonies are moved to the rain site,McDonough Gymnasium. Because of space capacity at McDonough Gymnasium, specific numbers of rain site tickets are provided in the case of severe weather, and the process for claiming them will be communicated by each school and will be provided on each school’s commencement website as needed. Guests that are not able to secure rain site tickets will be able to view the ceremony livestream from various locations on campus.

Q. What if I need to request an accommodation?

A. Requests for special seating accommodations, as well as wheelchair requests, should be submitted through the dean’s office of whichever school’s ceremony you are trying to attend. All of the commencement ceremonies have ASL interpreters. 

Q. Will the Commencement ceremonies be livestreamed?

A. Yes, the ceremonies will be broadcast live on the University Facebook page.

Q. What are the public health guidelines for Commencement events?

A.  Public health requirements and processes will be communicated to students in advance of Commencement events.

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.

Q. How do I obtain my academic regalia (i.e., robes, hoods, caps/tassels)?

A. Academic regalia is required to participate in the commencement ceremony and can be purchased in-person or online from the University bookstore. Students must have a gown, hood, and cap/tassel or tam/tassel for the ceremony. Stoles and keepsake tassels are available for purchase but are not required. 

If undergraduate students have their robe from their New Student Convocation, they only have to purchase their cap/tassel and hood; otherwise, they should purchase the complete regalia package.

For graduate and professional students, please refer to your school’s website for information on how to obtain your academic regalia. 

Graduate School regalia

Law Center regalia

SCS regalia

Medical School regalia