We would like to offer some important travel and parking tips as you plan to attend your Georgetown University's Commencement ceremonies.

Tips for Travel

  • We urge you to consider taking a taxi or ride share to campus due to limited parking. We recommend getting dropped off at 35th & N, O or P Streets, NW or Reservoir Road & 38th Streets, NW to avoid unnecessary congestion.
  • In the event of inclement weather, commencement ceremonies may be moved. You may visit the Commencement website or call the University Weather Line 202-687-7669 to confirm ceremony locations. 
  • Campus Maps will be available on campus at the Program Tent in Healy Circle and will be posted on our website for printing.
  • Free accessible shuttle buses will be available to escort people from the parking facilities to the graduation site. 
  • Please allot extra time for travel to campus, as delays could occur on the roads leading to the University.

Tips for Parking

Parking for graduation will require patience and a little planning prior to arrival.

  • Please enter campus via Canal Road only
  • All Georgetown University Hospital (MedStar) parking during Commencement is at the regular daily rate. You WILL be charged full prices if you park in one of the Hospital lots. Current rate is $75.00 per day.

Below is information to help you get to and from Commencement activities:

Thursday

On-campus parking will be extremely limited. Guests are encouraged to take Metro and transfer to free Georgetown University shuttles (GUTS) at either Dupont Circle (Red Line) or Rosslyn (Blue/Orange Line). Due to commencement activities, on-campus GUTS bus stops and routes will be relocated to North Road, south of Cooper Field. The Commencement GUTS bus schedules and maps can be found on the OTM website. You may also take taxis or ride shares to and from campus. Guest parking will be available in the Southwest Garage, accessible via Canal Road. After striped spaces are full, attendants will valet park cars.

Attendants will valet park in the Southwest Garage after striped spaces are full. When on-campus space runs out, cars will be directed to free parking at the Harris Building, located at 3300 Whitehaven Street NW, just off Wisconsin Avenue near the Safeway. The Harris building is a 10-minute drive from campus. There, parking attendants will help direct you to spaces. If those spaces fill up, attendants will valet park cars. Free shuttle buses will provide transportation to and from the Harris building between 12:00 and 8:00 p.m. You must retrieve your car from the Harris building by 8:00 p.m on Thursday night.

Friday

Again, on-campus parking will be extremely limited, and as noted above, the use of Metro/GUTS buses or taxis is strongly encouraged. Please allow plenty of time for parking and shuttle transportation. Attendants will valet park in the Southwest Garage after striped spaces are full. When on-campus space runs out, cars will be directed to free parking at the Harris Building, located at 3300 Whitehaven Street NW, just off Wisconsin Avenue near the Safeway. The Harris building is a 10-minute drive from campus. There, parking attendants will help direct you to spaces. If those spaces fill up, attendants will valet park cars. Free shuttle buses will provide transportation to and from the Harris building between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. You must retrieve your car from the Harris building by 9:00 p.m. on Friday night. The Harris Garage will be closed and unavailable on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday

On the morning of Saturday, May 19, all lanes of Whitehurst Freeway will be closed to traffic due to the D.C. Bike Ride. Since Whitehurst is a key connector to Georgetown, suggest alternate travel routes include the following:

  • Key Bridge – ALL lanes will be open and available for travel as confirmed by DDOT
  • Chain Bridge
  • Canal and Foxhall Roads
  • Clara Barton Parkway
  • Wisconsin Avenue
  • K Street Corridor
  • M Street Corridor

Lanes on Whitehurst will reopen no later than 1 p.m. Guest parking will be available in the Southwest Garage, accessible via Canal Road.

For more information about D.C. traffic and road advisories, please visit the District Department of Transportation website.

Please note: GUTS buses will not run on the weekend of Commencement.  

Sunday

Guest parking will be available in the Southwest Garage, accessible via Canal Road.