2021 FAQs

Commencement at Nationals Park

Does President DeGioia’s announcement apply to SCS?

Yes, President DeGioia’s announcement regarding the in-person Commencement ceremony at Nationals Park applies to SCS.

What time will the events begin at Nationals Park?

  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies students are invited to attend the undergraduate ceremony at 10:00 a.m. ET.
  • SCS graduate and professional studies students are invited to attend the graduate ceremony at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Each ceremony is expected to last no more than two hours.

Do I need to wear regalia?

While we hope it will be possible for you to wear academic regalia to the ceremony, it is not required to participate. If you still wish to purchase regalia or any other commemorative items, the Georgetown University Bookstore is taking orders for shipment. 

How can I order tickets for guests for the Nationals Park event?

The deadline to request tickets for the in-person event at Nationals Park has passed. Students should contact mcevents@georgetown.edu for any late requests.

How many tickets may I request?

Given capacity limitations, each graduating student attending the ceremony may request up to three total tickets (one ticket for the student, plus two tickets for guests). To ensure that Georgetown University is in compliance with the capacity limitations set by the District of Columbia, guests of all ages require a ticket, including infants and children.

Who is eligible to request tickets? May I request tickets on behalf of other students?

Only graduating students who plan to attend Commencement may request tickets. Students may not request tickets on behalf of other students. Students may not request tickets to accommodate guests of other students.

I don’t plan on attending and/or using my tickets. May I transfer my tickets to another student?

Tickets are not transferable. Students who improperly receive tickets from or request tickets for other students risk having all of their tickets forfeited.

Will there be name reading at the In-Person Graduate/Professional Commencement Ceremony at Nationals Park?

Unfortunately, in this context, it is not possible for us to build a stage on the field to create this aspect of the traditional ceremony and individual names will not be read during the event at Nationals Park. 

How do I request accommodations?

Accommodation requests should be submitted using this form as soon as possible. A good-faith effort will be made to fulfill requests made after May 10, 2021. 

I am expected to graduate this Summer 2021. Am I eligible to participate in the Nationals Park event?

Students who are not completing their capstone until Summer 2021 are not eligible to participate in the May 2021 Commencement activities. They will be eligible to participate in May 2022 Commencement. Students should reach out to their program advisor if they have any additional questions.

If I graduated in May 2020, can I participate in the May 2021 Commencement activities?

The announcement regarding Commencement at Nationals Park applies to 2021 graduates only. The leadership of Georgetown University made a commitment to the Class of 2020 that we would provide an opportunity to gather on campus and celebrate graduation with family and friends. As we see the possibility for large gatherings emerging, we are beginning to plan for these events in 2022 and are thinking creatively about how we can make these moments most special for the Class of 2020, in recognition of the unique and challenging circumstances of their final years at Georgetown.

SCS Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Is the SCS virtual ceremony still happening?

Yes, SCS will still be holding a virtual recognition ceremony on Sunday, May 23 at 1:00 p.m. ET for the reading of the names.

Where do I watch the SCS virtual ceremony?

The SCS Virtual Recognition Ceremony will be posted on the Georgetown SCS Facebook Page. Please bookmark the SCS Virtual Ceremonies webpage in order to confirm the direct link for your program’s ceremony on Sunday, May 23. It is important that you, your family, and other invited guests have the direct link to your program’s respective ceremony so that you are all viewing the one in which your name will be read. 


Can I still apply to graduate?

The deadline to apply to graduate has passed. Please contact your program advisor if you have any questions.

Miscellaneous FAQs

Who should I contact for questions regarding diploma distribution?

Students should contact the University Registrar (univregistrar@georgetown.edu) and the Office of Academic Affairs and Compliance (scsoaac@georgetown.edu) with any questions or issues regarding diplomas.