Commencement 2022

GW School of Medicine & Health Sciences

GW Graduate Celebrations

Celebration 2022: May 14-15

For the most up-to-date information about GW's university-wide Commencement celebration, visit

Commencement Week Check-In

We look forward to welcoming you and your guests to campus for Commencement Week. To make your check-in process for all Commencement Week events as smooth as possible, please review the information below prior to your arrival. Before Your Arrival For information about getting to campus, transportation, and accessibility, see the Commencement Details page. After registering, all primary registrants (graduates, students, faculty, and staff) will receive a confirmation email that includes a QR code for each registered guest.

Check-in for Commencement

Celebration Events



Health Sciences Celebration

Saturday, May 14 at 4:00pm

(Reception at 6pm)

HS Celebration


MD Celebration

Sunday, May 15 at 3:00pm

(Reception at 5:00pm)

MD Celebration


GW Commencement

Sunday, May 15 at 10:00am

GW Commencement


graduation cap - horizontal line

Health Sciences Departments: Celebration Information

Each department will hold their own recognition or award celebration, please for more information reach out to your department directly.

Biomedical Laboratory Sciences

Presentation Space and Columbian Square at VSTC Friday, May 13th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM EST

Clinical Research and Leadership

For more information, please reach out to your department directly.

Physician Assistant Studies

GW PA Program White Coat Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 14th at 10:00 AM in the Lisner Auditorium

PA Program White Coat Ceremony

Health, Human Function, and Rehabilitation Sciences

Physical Therapy Commencement Ceremony at Betts Theatre, Friday, May 13th at 9:00 AM

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. These past few years have certainly been memorable, 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. While the circumstances have been extraordinary, they have also prepared you to be ready for the unexpected – which is important for a career in the health care field.

I invite you to savor this moment as you celebrate this day with those who have supported you, including your family, your friends, your classmates, and your professors, as you were on your journey to reaching this important milestone in your career.

On behalf of the entire GW faculty and staff, I congratulate you on your graduation and I encourage you to continue to learn, grow, and contribute to the professions that you have chosen, in the years 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!