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2017 Commencement Ceremony

​Friday October 27, 2017


Lisner Auditorium 

​730 21st St NW
​Washington, D.C. 20052


 Guest Information


Date & Location

Friday, October 27, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. 

Lisner Auditorium, The George Washington University

Guest seating will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.

Guest Tickets

Participants in the Washington, D.C. Commencement ceremony may request up to 7 tickets for friends and family through the Intent to Participate Form. Please note that any guest requiring a seat will need a ticket, but small children who won't need their own seat ("babes in arms") will not. 

Extra tickets may be available. Please contact to request extra tickets.


Participants should indicate their need for accessibility accommodations such as wheelchair seating or sign-language interpretation on the Intent to Participate form or via email at

At the Ceremony

Guest seating will open at 10:00am, and seating is general admission. All guests are required to present their tickets as they enter the theater. Guests who do not have a ticket will not be able to enter until all ticketed guests are seated. The ceremony will last between 60 and 90 minutes in length.

Graduates will process across the stage in the order listed in the program. Photographs are welcome, but please take care not to block the aisles and exits or crowd the stage. A professional photographer from GradImages will be available to take seated participant portraits before the ceremony as well as a photo of each participant as they exit the stage.

Noisemakers, balloons, silly string, or similar items are prohibited as theymay block others' views, create a mess, or detract from others' enjoyment of the ceremony.​​

Getting to the Venue

The Lisner Auditorium is located on The George Washington University campus in North West D.C. Please note that parking at the Lisner is in a paid lot. The Lisner is accessible via public transit and taxi. Location and parking information is available on the Lisner Auditorium website.


Because Commencement falls at a high-demand time for hotels, a limited number of rooms are available. Participants and guests are encouraged to explore other lodging options around the Washington, D.C. metro area.

Ques​tions? Contact

 Transportation and Parking

Transportation & Parking

The Lisner Auditorium is located on The George Washington University campus in North West D.C.. Please note that parking at the Lisner is in a paid lot. The Lisner is accessible via public transit and taxi. Location and parking information is available on the Lisner Auditorium website.

 Tickets & Frequently Asked Questions



Each participant may request up to seven Commencement tickets using the Intent to Participate in Commencement form. Participants are responsible for picking up their tickets from the Main Campus Front Desk between October 13 and 26, 2017​. Student/State ID will be required for picking up tickets.

Frequently Asked Questions: ​

Question: Am I eligible to participate in the 2017 Commencement ceremony?

You are eligible to participate in Commencement if:

You completed a degree program in Spring 2017 or  Summer 2017 and have not walked in a previous Chicago School commencement ceremony. 

You have filed the online Intent to Participate in Commencement Form.


You anticipate graduating in Fall 2017 and indicate on the Intent to Participate in Commencement form which requirements you have remaining with an estimated completion date. Your academic department will determine your eligibility to participate in the ceremony and notify you by mid-August.

Question:  What Commencement deadlines do I have to meet?

The deadline to submit the Intent to Participate in Commencement form is Tuesday, August 29th. 

Regalia rental information will be updated in early summer 2017.

​Question:  Will I receive academic honors at graduation or on my diploma and transcript?

If you are eligible for honors, it will be noted on your official transcript.

Question: May I walk for more than one degree?

If you are completing two degree programs in one academic year, you may only be recognized during commencement in one-degree program, but your name will be listed in the commencement bulletin for both degrees assuming you have filed all required paperwork. You may walk only one time per degree earned, so, if you have participated in a commencement ceremony already, you may not do so again.

Question: What should I expect on the day of the ceremony?     

Ceremony participants must check-in in at the Lisner Auditorium Theater starting at 10:00am.  Line up for the ceremony will occur promptly at 10:30am, and the ceremony will begin promptly at 11am. The ceremony will last for approximately for 2 hours.

Self-pay parking is available in lots public parking lots around the venue. Please budget time for locating parking and traveling to the venue.   The lobby doors will open at 9:30am and seating for the theater will open at 10:00am, and all guests must wait in the lobby until the theater doors open. Please leave all personal belongings with your guests.

Suggested Tips

Leave early – Washington, DC is infamous for traffic. Map out your route in advance, and add 30 minutes or more to allow for rush hour traffic. If traveling by Metro be sure to check for information about delays or service interruptions.

Pick a meeting place – It's hard to find your family and friends among a sea of people. Familiarize yourself with the area around the Lisner Auditorium and pick a place to meet your guests once the ceremony is over.

Be patient and flexible – Commencement will last approximately 2 hours. If you are planning celebrations/lunch reservations after the event, be aware the ceremony could end earlier or later than the scheduled time. ​​