School of Nursing

Graduation Celebration
Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 9 a.m. ET

Charles E. Smith Center

University Commencement will be held on the National Mall on Sunday, May 15 at 10:30 a.m.
For the most up-to-date information about GW's university-wide Commencement celebration including parking and accommodations, visit commencement.gwu.edu/details.



Watch the Celebration


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Kapu, keynote speaker

Dr. April Kapu, President of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), is a distinguished nurse leader, educator, researcher, scholar, and policy advocate. She is also a certified acute care nurse practitioner who holds both master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing.

Dr. Kapu was a chief nurse executive and worked to establish innovative, high-quality, value-driven health care services. She also advocated for the provision of resources and professional practice support for more than 1,400 advanced practice nurses. She is a professor of clinical nursing and recently was appointed Associate Dean for Community and Clinical Partnerships for Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Dr. Kapu has presented at numerous national and international conferences, authored chapters in advance practice nursing textbooks, and published manuscripts in a wide variety of peer reviewed nursing, medical, and administrative journals.


Celebration Program

School of Nursing, 2022 Graduation Celebration program

Please download the program PDF to view digitally and follow along with the ceremony, or print at home. 

Download Program


Commencement Week Events

School of Nursing Celebration

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Charles E. Smith Center  |  9:00 am ET

Student Check-in: 8:00-8:30 am at Funger Hall
Guest Arrival: 8:00-8:50 am at Smith Center

You will need to have credentials in hand to check-in. Staff will be there to help direct you.

School of Nursing Reception

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Student Center  |  11:00 am ET

Following our graduation celebration, we invite you and two guests to stop by the School of Nursing Reception to say hello to faculty before you head out for the day.

GW Commencement

Sunday, May 15, 2022

National Mall, Between 7th and 12th Street  |  10:00 am ET

During the university-wide celebration on the National Mall, the School of Nursing will be recognized as a group. This is your official conferral day.



Commencement Registration

Commencement registration is now open! Please register by April 29, 2022. Before registering, make sure you:

Graduates will register guests and then pick up credentials at a designated location during Commencement Week (details below). Degree seeking students (December 2021, Spring 2022, Summer 2022) who have indicated an intent to participate in commencement ceremonies on their graduation application are eligible to have:

  • up to 6 guests for the May 12, 2022 GW Nursing School Celebration.
  • up to 2 guests for the May 12, 2022 GW Nursing School Reception.
  • up to 6 guests for the May 15, 2022 Commencement on the National Mall.

You may request up to 5 additional guests via this form. If your party is larger than 12 people total, contact [email protected] for assistance. We look forward to seeing you in May!

Vaccine Requirement

For all Commencement Week events, all guests and visitors aged 5 and older must be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines (i.e., fully vaccinated and boosted, if eligible). Limited exemptions will be permitted for those who submit a medical or religious exemption. Information about providing proof of vaccination or exemption for these events is forthcoming.

If you have questions about the registration process, refer to the GW Commencement Frequently Asked Questions or contact [email protected].




We encourage everyone to wear cap and gown for the School of Nursing celebration. If you have not placed your order for regalia, please contact the Campus Store. In the event that you do not receive your cap and gown in time, you will still be able to fully participate in the School of Nursing Celebration.



Credential Pick Up

The credentials you pick up during graduation week will be your “tickets” for all celebrations you attend.

Where to pick up credentials:

Science & Engineering Building (22nd and H St.)

Who can pick up credentials:

  • Students should pick up credentials for all of their guests.
  • Pictures of vaccine cards and ID are required for each guest.
  • If you do not have a working Gworld Card, please print registration confirmation to be allowed into the building

When to pick up credentials:

Commencement Week

  • Tuesday & Wednesday: Noon - 5 p.m.
  • Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday morning



Frequently Asked Questions

I applied to graduate/completed the survey and still cannot register, what now?

Please allow up to 24-48 hours from when you complete the graduation application/survey for it to refresh in our system so you can register for the May celebrations.

Can certificate students attend graduation?

Yes. Certificate students can attend the School of Nursing celebration on Thursday, May 12th. Register here

What does “fully vaccinated” mean?

“Fully vaccinated” includes having your booster, if eligible.

My guest can’t be vaccinated, how do I submit their exemption letter?

Complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Exemption Request