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237th Commencement Exercises

Congratulations, 2020 Grads!

Washington College's 237th Commencement Exercises will take place Saturday, October 17, at 10:30 a.m.


For our graduating seniors whose final semester was derailed by COVID-19, this day has been a long time coming. We are eager to welcome you back on campus so that we can celebrate your many achievements together, as a family. We want this day to be as memorable for you as it is for the College and all those involved. If circumstances of this public health crisis change and we determine that this on-campus event cannot be held as planned, we will let students and families know by Sept. 1.

But for now, we anticipate that restrictions on large gatherings will be lifted and that we can safely celebrate.  In addition to face coverings, we ask that graduates wear appropriate business attire and hard-soled shoes with their gowns. Smoking and drinking are not permitted at Commencement. Tobacco products and popping champagne corks can cause serious injury to guests and graduates. Do not bring pets; only service animals are allowed.

Commencement Activities


4 p.m. - Commencement Rehearsal in Field House

Pick up your regalia and cords, receive instructions about the line-up, procession, and catch up with all your friends. Rehearsal is mandator for anyone who plans to participate in the big event on Saturday. 

6 p.m. - Reception for Graduates and Famlies

You and your family are invited to a celebratory reception, where we will recognize all departmental award winners. Location TBA.

8:30 p.m. - Fireworks! 

Watch the sky light up from the lawn by the River Dorms.


8 - 10 a.m. - Breakfast for graduates and families.

Graduates will receive a free ticket to breakfast in their commencement rehearsal packs. All other guests pay at the door in Hodson Hall Commons. 

9:30 a.m. - Graduates Report for Robing and Line-up. 

We'll gather in the Toll Science Center or in Cain Gym, if it rains.

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.- 237th Commencement Exercises  

Your friends and family will be waiting for you on the Campus Lawn or in the Johnson Fitness Center Field House, if it rains.

12:30 - 12:30 - 237th Commencement Reception

All graduates and guests are invited to a light reception on Martha Washington Square.

Following the Ceremony

Graduates' diplomas will be available for pick up for one hour immediately following Commencement. Graduates must present their student ID or other government-issued ID to the Registrar's Office staff. The diploma MUST be picked up by the graduate.

As always, the College will adhere to public health guidelines and advisories to ensure the safety of everyone participating in these activities. Guests should expect to wear cloth face coverings and/or maintain social distance when at all possible. If we have to further postpone or alter our plans  we will make that decision by Sept. 1.