Commencement 2023

GW School of Medicine & Health Sciences

GW Graduate Celebrations

May 20-21, 2023

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Celebration Events



Health Sciences Celebration

Lisner Auditorium

Saturday, May 20 at 4:00pm

HS Celebration


MD Celebration

Lisner Auditorium

Sunday, May 21 at 3:00pm

MD Celebration


GW Commencement

The National Mall

Sunday, May 21 at 10:30am

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

Friday, May 19th from 6:00 PM EST
For more information, please reach out to your department directly.

Clinical Research and Leadership

Saturday, May 20th from 11:30 AM EST
For more information, please reach out to your department directly.

Physician Assistant Studies

GW PA Program Long White Coat Ceremony will be held on

Friday, May 19th at 5:30 PM EST at Dorothy Betts Theatre (The Student Center)

PA Program Long White Coat Ceremony

Health, Human Function, and Rehabilitation Sciences

GW Doctor of Physical Therapy Ceremony will be held on
Friday, May 19th at 1:30 PM EST
For more information, please reach out to your department directly.

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
Walter A. Bloedorn Professor of Administrative Medicine
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!