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DC-area college graduation: Dates, times and locations

Ciearra Jefferson celebrates her graduation last year from Howard University after a commencement speech from President Obama. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

WASHINGTON — College graduation season has arrived — which means happy parents and D.C.-area traffic complications.

The season kicks off Wednesday, when Howard University begins its festivities. American University, Catholic University and the University of D.C. will hand out diplomas as well over the May 12—14 weekend.

Graduates from Georgetown University, George Mason University, George Washington University and the University of Maryland walk the following weekend (May 19—21).

Here’s a roundup of dates, times and locations for graduation events that may impact traffic.

 

American University
(Complete information is available on the American website.)

Baccalaureate service (Kay Spiritual Life Center): Friday May 12, 4 p.m.

School of Public Affairs commencement ceremony (Bender Arena): Saturday May 13, 9 a.m.

School of Communication commencement ceremony (Bender Arena): Saturday May 13, 1:30 p.m.

College of Arts and Sciences commencement ceremony (Bender Arena): Saturday May 13, 6 p.m.

Kogod School of Business commencement ceremony (Bender Arena): Sunday May 14, 10 a.m.

School of International Service commencement ceremony (Bender Arena): Sunday May 14, 2:30 p.m.

 

Catholic University
(Complete information is available on the Catholic website.)

Baccalaureate mass (Basilica, Great Upper Church): Friday May 12, 4 p.m.

Commencement ceremony (Basilica, east steps): Saturday May 13, 10 a.m.

 

University of D.C.
(Complete information is available on the UDC website.)

Commencement ceremony (Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Hall C): Saturday May 13, 10 a.m.

 

George Mason University
(Complete information is available on the George Mason site.)

Commencement ceremony (EagleBank Arena): Saturday May 20, 10 a.m.

 

Georgetown University
(Complete information is available on the Georgetown website.)

McCourt School of Public Policy commencement ceremony (Healy Lawn): Thursday May 18, 5:30 p.m. (Rain site: McDonough Arena)

Army ROTC commissioning ceremony (Gaston Hall): Friday May 19, 7:30 a.m.

Graduate School commencement and doctoral diploma awarding ceremony (Healy Lawn): Friday May 19, 9 a.m. (Rain site: McDonough Arena)

Graduate School-Walsh School of Foreign Service master’s diploma awarding ceremony (Healy Lawn): Friday May 19, 10:45 a.m. (Rain site: Leavey Center Ballroom)

Graduate School — arts and sciences master’s programs diploma-awarding ceremony (Leo J. O’Donovan Hall): Friday May 19, 11 a.m.

Graduate School — biomedical master’s diploma-awarding ceremony (McDonough Arena): Friday May 19, 11 a.m.

McDonough School of Business MBA commencement ceremony (Healy Lawn): Friday May 19, 12:30 p.m. (Rain site: McDonough Arena)

School for Continuing Studies commencement ceremony (Healy Lawn): Friday May 19, 3:30 p.m. (Rain site: McDonough Arena)

Georgetown College commencement ceremony (Healy Lawn): Saturday May 20, 9 a.m. Diploma distribution immediately follows the ceremony at Copley Lawn. (Rain site is McDonough Arena, with two ceremonies at 9 a.m. for last names beginning with A-K; 11:30 a.m. for last names beginning with L-Z. Diploma distribution rain site is White Gravenor.)

School of Nursing and Health Studies commencement ceremony — undergraduate and graduate (Healy Lawn): Saturday May 20, noon. (Rain site is Leavey Center Ballroom, with two ceremonies at noon for undergraduate degrees; 2:30 p.m. for graduate degrees.)

Medical School military commissioning ceremony (New Research Building Auditorium): Saturday May 20, 1 p.m.

School of Nursing and Health Studies reception and diploma distribution (Leavey Center Esplanade): Saturday May 20, 1:30 p.m.

McDonough School of Business commencement ceremony (Healy Lawn): Saturday May 20, 3 p.m. (Rain site: McDonough Arena)

Walsh School of Foreign Service commencement ceremony (Healy Lawn): Saturday May 20, 6 p.m. (Rain site: McDonough Arena)

Georgetown University Law Center graduation gala (National Portrait Gallery): Saturday May 20, 8 p.m.

Medical School commencement ceremony (DAR Constitution Hall): Sunday May 21, 11 a.m.

Law Center commencement (Healy Lawn): Sunday May 21, 2 p.m. (Rain site: McDonough Arena)

Law Center commencement diploma distributions: Sunday May 21, 3 p.m.

  • Section 1: Red Square (Rain site: ICC Galleria)
  • Section 2: Leavey Center Ballroom
  • Section 3: Leo J. O’Donovan Hall
  • Section 4: Harbin Terrace Pavilion
  • Section 5: Leavey Esplanade
  • Section 6: Gaston Hall
  • Section 7: Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri Building
  • LL.M. (A): Healy Lawn (Rain site: McDonough Arena)
  • LL.M. (B): Alumni Square

Law Center commencement receptions: Sunday May 21, 4 p.m.

  • Section 1: Red Square
  • Section 2: Leavey Center South Gallery
  • Sections 3: Healey Family Student Center
  • Section 4: Healey Family Student Center
  • Section 5: Leavey Center South Gallery
  • Section 6: Dahlgren Quad
  • Section 7: Fisher Colloquium, Hariri Building
  • LL.M. (A & B): Copley Lawn (Rain site: McDonough Pavilion)

 

George Washington University
(Complete information is available on the GW website.)

Athletics commencement (Dorothy Betts Theatre, Marvin Center first floor): Tuesday May 16, 3 p.m.

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences doctoral hooding ceremony (Lisner Auditorium): Thursday May 18, 5 p.m.

Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps commissioning ceremony (World War II Memorial): Friday May 19, 8 a.m. (Rain site: Dorothy Betts Theatre, Marvin Center first floor)

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences master’s programs ceremony (Charles E. Smith Center): Friday May 19, 8:30 a.m.

University interfaith baccalaureate service (Western Presbyterian Church): Saturday May 20, 9:30 a.m.

University commencement ceremony (National Mall): Sunday May 21, 9:30 a.m.

 

Howard University
(Complete information is available on the Howard website.)

School of Social Work honors graduation ceremony (Cramton Auditorium): Wednesday May 10, 2 p.m.

Graduate School hooding ceremony (Cramton Auditorium): Thursday May 11, 2 p.m.

College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences honors and awards graduation ceremony (Cramton Auditorium): Thursday May 11, 6 p.m.

Commencement convocation (Upper Quadrangle, Main Campus): Saturday May 13, 10 a.m.

Division of Fine Arts recognition of graduates program (Cramton Auditorium): Saturday May 13, immediately following commencement

College of Medicine distribution of diplomas (Numa P.G. Adams Building, Lobby 1008): Saturday May 13, immediately following commencement

School of Law hooding ceremony (Burr Gymnasium): Saturday May 13, 2:30 p.m.

 

University of Maryland, College Park
(Complete information is available on the UMD site. )

Campuswide ceremony (Xfinity Center): Sunday May 21, 1 p.m.

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources commencement ceremony (Reckord Armory): Saturday May 20, 3 p.m.

College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences commencement ceremony (Xfinity Center): Monday May 22, 4 p.m.

College of Education commencement ceremony (Reckord Armory): Monday May 22, 4 p.m.

College of Individual Studies commencement ceremony (The Clarice — Gildenhorn): Monday May 22, 9:30 a.m.

College of Information Studies commencement ceremony (The Clarice — Dekelboum): Monday May 22, 2:30 p.m.

School of Public Policy commencement ceremony (The Clarice — Dekelboum): Monday May 22, 11:30 a.m.

Philip Merrill College of Journalism commencement ceremony (Memorial Chapel): Saturday May 20, 3 p.m.

School of Public Health commencement ceremony (Xfinity Center): Saturday May 20, 9 a.m.

School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation commencement ceremony (The Clarice — Dekelboum): Monday May 22, 9 a.m.

UMD College of Arts and Humanities

Department of Art commencement ceremony (The Clarice — Kay Theatre): Saturday May 20, 12:30 p.m.

Department of Art History commencement ceremony (The Clarice — Gildenhorn): Saturday May 20, 9 a.m.

Department of Communication commencement ceremony (Reckord Armory): Saturday May 20, 6:30 p.m.

Department of English and Comparative Literature commencement ceremony (The Clarice — Dekelboum): Saturday May 20, 3 p.m.

Department of History commencement ceremony (Memorial Chapel): Saturday May 20, 9 a.m.

Department of Language, Literature and Cultures and Department of Film Studies commencement ceremony (The Clarice — Kay Theatre): Saturday May 20, 3:30 p.m.

School of Music commencement ceremony (The Clarice — Dekelboum): Saturday May 20, 9:30 a.m.

Department of Philosophy commencement ceremony (The Clarice — Gildenhorn): Saturday May 20, 11:30 a.m.

School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies commencement ceremony (The Clarice — Kay Theatre): Saturday May 20, 10 a.m.

Department of American Studies and Department of Women’s Studies commencement ceremony (The Clarice — Dekelboum): Monday May 22, 5:30 p.m.

Department of Classics commencement ceremony (The Clarice — Kogod): Monday May 22, 9:30 a.m.

Department of Jewish Studies commencement ceremony (The Clarice — Cafritz Foundation Theatre): Monday May 22, noon

Department of Linguistics commencement ceremony (Marie Mount Hall): Monday May 22, 11 a.m.

UMD A. James Clark School of Engineering

Undergraduate commencement ceremony (Xfinity Center): Saturday May 20, 1 p.m.

Graduate commencement ceremony (Xfinity Center): Saturday May 20, 5 p.m.

UMD Robert H. Smith School of Business

Undergraduate commencement ceremony (Xfinity Center): Monday May 22, noon

Graduate commencement ceremony (Xfinity Center): Monday May 22, 9 a.m.

UMD College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Department of Anthropology and Department of Geographical Sciences commencement ceremony (Memorial Chapel): Saturday May 20, noon

Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice commencement ceremony (Reckord Armory): Saturday May 20, noon

Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences commencement ceremony (Memorial Chapel): Saturday May 20, 6:30 p.m.

Department of Psychology commencement ceremony (Reckord Armory): Saturday May 20, 9 a.m.

Department of African-American Studies and Department of Sociology commencement ceremony (The Clarice — Dekelboum): Saturday May 20, noon

Department of Economics commencement ceremony (Reckord Armory): Monday May 22, 12:30 p.m.

Department of Government and Politics commencement ceremony (Reckord Armory): Monday May 22, 9 a.m.


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