Graduation

Students planning to complete their degree or certificate at the end of the term for which they are now registering must complete an Application for Graduation (degree students - (AS, BSHS, MSHS, and DPT programs) or Certificate Completion Form (certificate program students). Please submit your certificate completion form by email or mail to:

Health Sciences Student Services Office
2100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: (202) 994-4241
Email: hspgrad@gwu.edu

Students must be registered for the semester or summer session immediately prior to the degree conferral date, and must complete all program requirements by the last day of final examinations for that term. Candidates for doctoral degrees may have earlier deadlines for completion of their degree requirements and should verify the submission date with their department. A complete application must be submitted to the dean's office no later than the date listed below, or on the first working day after that date.

Graduation Application Deadlines

All degree requirements completed by the end of Application for Graduation due Eligible to participate in Commencement Ceremony aka "Walk"
Fall term (December) October 1 May in the Spring term following final Fall term
Spring term (May) February 1 May - same term
Summer term (August) February 1 or July 1 * May in the Spring term preceding or following final Summer term

* Students with nine credit hours or less to complete their degree requirements in a summer semester may participate in May commencement ceremonies preceding their final term. The graduation application due date will be February 1, the same as Spring graduates, in order to receive commencement information. Students not planning to attend May commencement or who have more than nine credit hours left to complete can participate in commencement in the May following their graduation term. For those students, the application deadline is July 1.

Graduation Fees

For applications submitted after the deadline, there is a $35 fee. Please do NOT send money with your graduation form. You will receive a bill from Student Accounts.

Degree Clearance & Diplomas

The degree clearance process generally takes six to 10 weeks after the semester ends. Diplomas take an additional six to eight weeks after clearance.

Clearance cannot be finalized until final grades are posted and verification of successful completion of any other requirements have been confirmed by your program. Your official transcript and diploma will reflect the official degree conferral date.

You can verify that your final grades have been entered and your degree has been conferred by logging into GWeb Info System and checking your unofficial transcript.