Where is Commencement held?
Commencement is held on Georgetown University's Main Campus, at 37th & O Streets, NW, Washington, DC.
How does the Georgetown Law Commencement Ceremony Work?
In sunny weather, we hold the ceremony outside on Healy Lawn.
The Law Center's Commencement Ceremony is essentially in two parts. After the graduates process, Dean Treanor conducts the Commencement Ceremony (the "Main Ceremony"), which includes the presentation of the honorary degrees and the Commencement Address from the Honorary Degree Speaker. This first part of the ceremony typically lasts about one hour.
After this, there are six separate "Diploma Presentation Ceremonies" for the five J.D. sections and the LL.M. students; these ceremonies are where the students will actually be presented with their diplomas. The Main Ceremony begins at 2 p.m. and the Diploma Presentation Ceremonies begin around 3 p.m. The Diploma Presentation Ceremonies are followed by a reception for J.D. and LL.M. students. Please consult the schedule of events for further information and locations.
Is there only one Commencement Ceremony?
No. There is a Main Ceremony, where we will hear our distinguished speaker, at 2pm, and Section Ceremonies that will be held in locations around main campus at 3 pm. The Section Ceremonies are where you will actually receive your diploma.
When are tickets needed?
If it rains, Rain Site tickets are required to attend the Main Ceremony at 2pm. Tickets are not required to attend the Section Ceremonies, rain or shine.
When are tickets NOT needed?
If it is not raining, Commencement will be held outdoors, and tickets will not be required.
How do I get Rain Site tickets?
You may pick up 2 tickets at the Office of Student Life in Room 171 beginning Mid-March. This 1st round of distribution will continue through Early April. There is no charge for Rain site tickets.
How do I get extra Rain Site tickets after I pick up my first 2?
A second round of distribution of Rain Site Tickets begins in early April. Individuals can then pick up 2 additional Rain Site tickets for commencement, again at no charge.
What do I do if I lose my Rain Site tickets?
Unfortunately, we will not be able to replace any lost or stolen tickets.
What do I do about guests without Rain Site tickets?
If it rains, these guests will view the Main Ceremony from the Pavilion tent outside of the McDonough Arena. There they will view the distinguished speaker from a satellite TV projector. They will be able to attend the 3pm Section Ceremony for diploma distribution without a ticket.
Is there parking available at Main Campus?
Free parking is available, but it is limited. The parking lots are approximately a 10 minute walk from the Commencement sites, under the Southwest Quad.
Is assistance for those with disabilities available?
Transportation will be available to take individuals with disabilities from the parking lots to the Commencement sites. Golf carts and shuttles will also be available to transport those with disabilities and the elderly to various Commencement sites around main campus. Signs will indicate locations. Contact the Office of Student Life at 202-662-9292 with questions.