If you’re celebrating a graduation in DC this spring and looking to plan out your weekend, check out our recommendations for what to do during your visit. We’ve got you covered from your graduation present to dinner plans.

Go Out For A Nice Dinner

Celebrate your soon-to-be-alum with a sophisticated dinner to welcome him or her into the professional world. Our picks  for celebration spots to check out include sleek Italian spot Sfoglina in Van Ness and Dupont’s French brasserie Le Diplomate.

4445 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
(202) 450-1312

Le Diplomate
1601 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-3333

Tour The School

Take advantage of being on campus to explore the university your loved one is about to graduate from. We recommend touring the campus with your grad and asking them to point out their favorite landmarks and spots throughout the school.

Go Shopping!

Pick up a graduation gift for your loved one while you’re in town. We recommend visiting Georgetown’s M Street, home to stylish boutiques like All Saints as well as upmarket purveyors like Brooks Brothers, where you can find plenty of options to suit your college grad’s new professional wardrobe.

All Saints
3235 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 595-9828

Brooks Brothers
1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 659-4650

Take Some Memorable Grad Pics

Taking post-ceremony pictures of  graduates in their caps and gowns is practically mandatory. While you’re in the nation’s capital, don’t forget to take advantage of the stunning scenery— snap some pictures of your graduation robe-clad loved one standing in front of DC’s monuments and memorials.

DC National Mall
900 Ohio Drive SW
Washington, DC 20024

Go For A Post-Ceremony Brunch

Once graduation celebrations and commencement is over, you’re bound to be starving. So head on over to one of DC”s timeless tradition: brunch. Our picks for favorite spots in town include Mexican restaurant El Centro and The Passenger in Shaw.

El Centro
1218 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-4100

The Passenger
1539 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 853-3588