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Elliott School of International Affairs
2023 School Celebration

Friday, May 19, 2023
12:00 - 2:00 pm

Each graduate will receive 5 guest tickets to the Elliott School Graduation Celebration.
GW Commencement on the National Mall will take place on Sunday, May 21, 2023 at 10:30 am. 


Apply to Graduate 

Spring 2023 graduates must submit a Graduation Application in GWeb by March 15, 2022.

Summer graduates, who plan to attend the May commencement ceremony, must apply for graduation after registering for summer 2023 courses no later than April 1. 

Commencement Registration: Coming Soon

Each summer 2022 and fall 2022 graduate, and each spring 2023 and summer 2023 graduating student who has submitted a graduation application in GWeb is eligible to participate in school celebrations and Commencement in May and to have: 

  • up to 5 guests for the May 19, 2023 Elliott School Celebration.
  • up to 6 guests for the May 21, 2023 Commencement on the National Mall.

Registration will open March 27.

Elliott School Student Speaker Competition

As you count down the days until graduation, you're probably beginning to reflect on your Elliott School experience. If the feelings of nostalgia inspire you to share your story and bestow words of wisdom and hopes for the future onto your fellow classmates, we want to hear from you.  

We are looking for one student to represent the graduating class of 2023 as the Elliott School Student Speaker.

One student will be selected to share their experiences, lessons learned, and words of encouragement on stage in front of fellow graduates, family, friends, faculty and staff at the Elliott School Celebration on May 19, 2023.


Undergraduate and Graduate students in good standing are eligible to apply. 

Students must meet one of the following criteria:

  • graduated in Summer 2022 (did not attend 2022 commencement)

  • graduated Fall 2022

  • applied or planning to apply to graduate in Spring 2023 or Summer 2023

Submission Process

Prepare and upload the following:

  • A speech of less than 4 minutes that is of general interest to graduates, faculty, staff and guests and is relevant to graduation. The speech you submit should be the one you intend to deliver for the Elliott School Celebration.

  •  a video or audio recording of your speech

  • statement of interest 

  • short bio (100 words or less) 

The Competition will open Friday, February 10 and will close on Sunday, March 12 at 11:59 p.m. ET. No late submissions will be accepted. Students chosen for auditions will be contacted via email by March 24.

Submit Your Speech!

Frequently Asked Questions

If I am finishing my degree in the summer, can I participate in commencement?

Yes, just apply for summer graduation in GWeb by April 1, after you register for summer courses, to ensure you are included in the commencement program.

If I am a fall 2022 graduate, can I participate in commencement?

Yes, all fall 2022 graduates are eligible to participate and will be included in communications.

What if I miss the March 15 (or April 1 for summer) application deadlines in GWeb?

You can still apply for graduation in GWeb, but inclusion in the celebration program cannot be guaranteed due to publishing deadlines. 

What if I didn’t receive a confirmation after applying to graduate?

You can check DegreeMAP to confirm that the application is on file.

If an application is on file for you, then you will see the words "Sought-Applied to Graduate" or "Applied Late Degree Clearance" in the "Graduation Application" field on your DegreeMAP audit. This is located near the top, in the same section as your name, GWID, Major, etc.

Does the Elliott School provide graduation cords or stoles?

Cords are handled by each organization. If you are involved in a group that you know or think might provide cords or stoles for graduation, we encourage you to contact that organization. If you are an Elliott School Dean's Scholar, you will be contacted about graduation cords for that program. Otherwise, there are no cords associated with Elliott School degree programs and Elliott does not provide cords or stoles for Latin Honors.

Are there two ceremonies for graduation? Which should I attend?

Yes, there is an Elliott School ceremony on May 19 AND a GW-wide commencement ceremony on May 21. You can attend both and the content will be different at each event! At the Elliott School ceremony, each graduating student will be recognized individually and cross the stage.

Please also refer to the University Commencement site for additional Frequently Asked Questions and answers.


GW is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please see the information regarding Smith Center and National Mall accessibility on the University Commencement website.


Contact us at [email protected].


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Hail Alma Mater
To thy spirit guiding,
Knowledge thy closest friend
In its strength abiding,
Pledge we fidelity
Ne'er its place resigning,
Hail thee George Washington!