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IWP Graduates at Commencement

Requirements for Graduation

To be eligible for the degree, each M.A. student will be required to:

1. Complete the Application for Graduation (available on-line through Empowerthere is a $250 fee to apply);
2. Have fulfilled all credit and course requirements for the degree. This includes completing all outstanding Incomplete grades (please contact Jason Johnsrud at if you have any questions);
3. Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as outlined in the Catalog and Student Handbook (min. 3.00 GPA, etc.);
4. Pass the oral and written comprehensive examinations. If you intend to “walk” at the annual Commencement in May but finish your coursework in the Summer, you must take your comps according to the Spring deadlines;
5. Pass a language proficiency exam (for the M.A. in Statecraft and International Affairs only; there is a $100 fee for this exam);
6. Complete Financial Aid Exit Counseling (contact TJ Snowden at; and
7. Make sure all tuition and fee balances have been paid in full. Contact the Business Office at if you have any questions.

Awards Ceremony and Open House for Graduates, Families, and Guests

Friday, May 10, 2024
5:00 PM Awards Ceremony
6:00-8:00 PM Open House for Graduates, Families, and Guests
IWP’s Washington, D.C. campus
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Commencement for the Class of 2024


Saturday, May 11, 2024
9:30 AM Headshots available for graduates.
10:00 AM Graduates should arrive no later than 10:00 AM. Caps and gowns will be available at the hotel.
Ceremony begins at 11:00 AM
Reception begins at approximately 1:00 PM

Location: The Fairmont Hotel (downtown Washington, D.C.)
2401 M St NW, Washington, DC 20037

Keynote Speaker: Benjamin Hall, Senior Correspondent


To request tickets, please contact Graduates may bring as many guests as they wish, within reason, and will need to share the first and last names of each guest for the RSVP list.


IWP has a limited room block at the Fairmont for the nights of May 9-11, 2024 for the rate of $399/night. Reservations may be made online or by calling 1-800-441-1414. The cutoff date for this room rate is April 11, 2024. Make sure you mention “The Institute of World Politics Commencement” when making the reservation.


If you and your guests plan to drive to the hotel, there is a garage at the hotel ( approximately $35 per day). There is also the US News Garage (managed by Colonial Parking) about one block north of the hotel at 1223 24th Street, NW ( approximately $20). You may reserve a space at this garage online or see other parking options. The nearest Metro stop is Foggy Bottom (Orange/Blue line). This stop is about 4 blocks from the hotel.


IWP will rent regalia for Master’s degree recipients. Doctorate recipients may purchase regalia or have IWP rent it. For information on purchasing doctoral regalia, see this pdf: IWP Doctoral Regalia Ordering

Please stay tuned for information about picking up your regalia. Graduates will be able to claim their diploma upon returning the regalia, with package, to IWP. Graduates who already have their diplomas may simply return their regalia at the end of the ceremony.

Class of 2022