Directions for all Undergraduate Students

Academic Costume

Caps, gowns, and hoods must be purchased from Jostens at the Georgetown University Bookstore from February 8 – May 18. Below are the special bookstore hours during Commencement week:

  • Monday, May 13 – Friday, May 17: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 18: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Caps, gowns, and hoods are boxed a month in advance of Commencement. It is recommended that the academic costume be obtained as early as possible so that any wrinkles may hang out.

The cost of the undergraduate academic regalia is $85.00. If you still have your gown from New Student Convocation, you will only need to purchase the cap, tassel and hood which costs $53.00. Since caps, gowns, and hoods are purchased, there is no necessity to return them.

Senior class convocation – Thursday, May 16, 2019 (McDonough Arena)

The Senior Convocation marks the official inauguration of the University’s 2019 Commencement Ceremonies. It will take place on Thursday, May 16 at 2:00 p.m. The procession will form at 1:00 p.m. on the sidewalk between the Jesuit Residence and Southwest Quad Dorms. Students will walk with their friends, irrespective of school or alphabetical order. Academic gowns will be worn. Hoods are not worn. Caps are optional.

In the event of inclement weather, the procession will form in McDonough Tent. More information will be sent to each member of the senior class via e-mail.

Undergraduate commencement ceremonies – Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18, 2019

Specific directions for the academic procession for commencement will be distributed by the office of the dean.

In the event of inclement weather, the Commencement Exercises scheduled for Healy Lawn will be held in McDonough Arena. A change to the rain site for Commencement will be the decision of the individual Dean’s Office close to the time of the ceremony. If in doubt, please call the University Weather Line at (202) 687.7669 or check our Commencement website.

Baccalaureate mass – Sunday, May 19, 2019 (Healy Lawn)


Since your degrees will have already been conferred (except for Law and Med), hoods as well as caps and gowns are to be worn at Mass. The tassel on the cap is to be worn on the side of the left eye at all times. The graduates should report to the School Marshal who will be at the School Standard in Red Square, or in the case of rain, report to the McDonough tent.


8:40 a.m. – Graduates line up in the Intercultural Center Courtyard/Red Square (rain site-McDonough Tent)
8:55 a.m. – Procession leaves Red Square/McDonough Tent
9:00 a.m. – Ceremony begins


There will be a recessional of graduates following the Baccalaureate Mass. Follow the directions of the Chief Marshal in exiting from the seating area. Graduates and their guests may proceed to the Commencement Brunch which will immediately follow mass at the Leavey Center Grand Ballroom (tickets are not required).

In the event of inclement weather, the Baccalaureate Mass will be held in McDonough Arena. The decision to change the site of the Mass will be made no later than 6:15 a.m. and will be announced on the Georgetown University weather line at 202-687-7669 and posted on the Commencement website.