Guide to GWU Graduation

May is coming fast, which means that another cycle of college students will graduate from all of the nation’s higher education institutions, and countless celebrations will commence. As a hotel near George Washington University, we’d like to open our arms to travelers looking to stay in DC for this year’s ceremonies. To help you get a clear picture of what the trip would look like, we put together a short guide to attending the George Washington University 2018 Graduation.

The When & Where

The George Washington University 2018 Commencement week takes place from May 14-20th this year, and it will comprise individual graduation ceremonies for the institution’s various schools and majors. These are the call-your-name, hand-you-the-diploma ceremonies, and a full schedule of these celebrations can be found on the commencement website here.

At the end of it all, on May 20th, there will be a massive conferral of all the graduates degrees at a ceremony held on the National Mall. There are few places as inspiring and iconic to wrap up a college graduation then this nearby stretch of monuments and government buildings. It’s a can’t-miss for all students, visiting family, and loved ones.

Finding A Hotel Near George Washington University

You shouldn’t be surprised that we have one of the most ideal hotels near George Washington University right here at the St. Gregory Hotel. We are located in the gorgeous, culturally rich neighborhood of Dupont Circle, and our property is a simple, ten-minute drive down New Hampshire Avenue to George Washington University. For more reasons why this is one of the more convenient hotels within striking distance of the college, check out our GWU travel guide here.

Planning The Perfect Graduation Dinner

Washington, DC is well stocked with exceptional restaurants to visit for your post-graduation dinners or lunches. For something near the hotel, we suggest trying one of the most critically-beloved upscale Indian restaurants we know at Rasika West End. If you want to be in Georgetown, near the school, try some amazing farm-to-table seafood, and American fare at Farmers, Fishers, Bakers on the Georgetown Waterfront. You can also check out some of the best new DC restaurants of 2018. Craving Italian? Our very own Tredici Enoteca is one of DC’s most buzzed-about Italian restaurants, serving fresh-made pasta in a refined Dupont Circle setting.

Making A Bigger Trip Out Of It

Beyond the graduation dinner, and the ceremonies, and all that—those of you who attend the 2018 Georgetown University Commencement also get a trip to DC out of it. Take advantage by staying in a hip neighborhood full of local galleries, and restaurants in Dupont Circle. For a comprehensive guide on how to make a bigger vacation to complement the once-in-a-lifetime graduation festivities, check out some of our favorite things to do in Washington, DC.