Commencement 2021

GW School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Celebration 2021: May 14-16

Collage of Graduation Students

When it is safe to do so, the university will host in-person celebrations on the National Mall to honor the Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020, with each class enjoying its own, curated celebration.

This May, we look forward to honoring our 2021 graduates virtually, with some in-person elements. Please see the FAQs for more information about our May 2021 celebrations.

Please email with questions.

Virtual Celebration Events



Health Sciences Celebration

Saturday, May 15 at 4:00pm

HS Celebration


MD Celebration

Sunday, May 16 at 2:30pm

(Pre-Show begins at 2:00pm)

MD Celebration


GW Commencement

Sunday, May 16 at 1:00pm

GW Commencement


graduation cap - horizontal line

Health Sciences Departments: Celebration Information

Each department will hold their own recognition or award celebration, please use the link below to go to your department.

Dean Barbara Bass at podium wearing her regalia

Message from Dean Barbara Bass

To the SMHS Graduates,

As we celebrate your graduation this year, I want you to know how proud we all are of you for your achievements and for the commitments you have made to the future of medicine and health sciences. This has certainly been a unique and memorable year, and I commend you for your resilience, your ability to be nimble, and your motivation to be a part of the solution to the largest global health crisis of our time. It has been a remarkable year, but also one that will prepare you to be ready for the unexpected – which is important for a career in the health care field.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has created a multitude of disruptions in all of our lives, including the disruption of our traditions of Commencement on the National Mall and our programmatic graduation celebrations in Lisner Auditorium, it also has created new opportunities for creativity and has invited us to find new ways to accomplish our goals. While, once again, we are not gathered together with our full classes, I do hope that you are celebrating this day with those who have supported you as you’ve accomplished your goals.

On behalf of the entire GW faculty and staff, I congratulate you on your graduation and I encourage you to continue to learn and grow in the days ahead. I personally wish you the very best and welcome you to the GW SMHS Alumni Community.

Raise High!

Barbara Lee Bass, MD

Vice President for Health Affairs

Dean, GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Professor of Surgery

The George Washington University

CEO, The GW Medical Faculty Associates


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!