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The Diplomatic Ball

The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service is excited to announce the 96th Annual Diplomatic Ball. The Diplomatic Ball celebrates Georgetown University’s tradition and legacy in international affairs.

The 96th Annual Diplomatic Ball will be hosted on April 6, 2024, at the International Spy Museum.

About the Ball

The Walsh School of Foreign Service’s Diplomatic Ball is an annual black-tie event uniting students, alumni, faculty, and members of the diplomatic community. Taking place every spring at a prestigious location in Washington, DC, the Diplomatic Ball is one of the most highly-anticipated events of the year.

The Diplomatic Ball has recently been held in venues such as the Organization of American States (OAS), the National Building Museum, the Library of Congress, and the Washington National Cathedral. 

Inaugurated in 1925, the Diplomatic Ball has been known at various times as the Diplomat’s Ball and the Ball of Nations, but its purpose has always been to bring together individuals passionate about international affairs.


Tickets will be available for sale on March 13, 2024 at 11:00am on Eventbrite. All ticket purchases must be made with a Georgetown University email account. Students may purchase a maximum of two tickets. Tickets will be redeemable for a wristband, which allows access to the venue and can be picked up on campus at designated times. No one will be admitted to the event without a wristband.


The Diplomatic Ball is excited to offer different partnerships this year. Please check our website regularly as new partners will be announced until the event.


We are partnering with Men’s Wearhouse this spring. Our partnership offers attendees the following discounts on tuxedo rentals and purchases: 

(Rentals) $50 OFF tuxedo and suit rental packages 

  • Use group ID: 12752952 

(Purchases) 20% OFF in-store purchases 

  • Store use: apply code AZWM1010101


We are also working with La Veronique Georgetown Beauty Salon! Receive up to 40% off with our partner. Deals include: 

  • 20% off any Beauty Service before the Diplomatic Ball
  • 40% off any spray tan before the Diplomatic Ball
  • 30% off any Hair and Makeup Package on April 6, 2024

Attendees must show proof of ticket purchase to receive the discount!


We are also thrilled to be partnering with Azzura Lash Spa. Azzura Lash Spa is a beauty salon located in the very heart of Georgetown. Azzura specializes in the art of natural-looking enhancements for all things Eyelashes + Brows. Their focus is to provide high quality, sanitary & healthy beauty services such as Eyelash Extensions, Lash Lifts/Tints, Brow Enhancements, and Permanent Makeup such as Powder Brows and Lip Blush. Azzura Lash Spa was voted Best Of the City in 2023! 

Our Location is:

3128 M ST NW 

2nd Floor

Washington, DC 20007

*When booking mention Georgetown Diplomatic Ball to receive 20% OFF


Looking to save on premier, high quality gala dresses? Look no further with David’s Bridal. We are thrilled to offer up to 20% in savings with one of the premier nationwide occasion attire companies in the United States. Please see below for discount information:

15% off regular price occasion dresses + free shipping*

  • Code: SFS15OFFOCC

15% off regular price accessories + free shipping


20% off alternations up to $20 off

*Show your Georgetown University ID in-store or use codes online!


The 96th Annual Diplomatic Ball is proud to commit to financial accessibility for all students and to make sure access to the Ball is equitable. This year, we are proud to partner with our favorite bar on campus, Hilltop Taproom, where $1 from every Rum Punch sale will go to making sure the Diplomatic Ball is accessible for all low-income students. Stop by until April 6th, 2024 and order a Rum Punch!


How do I inquire about sponsoring the Diplomatic Ball?

If your company is interested in getting involved with this year’s prestigious Diplomatic Ball as a partner or sponsor, please email diplomaticball@georgetown.edu.  Contact us for our official sponsorship package, detailing existing and new flexible opportunities to connect with our community and contribute to our school’s celebration of a memorable night in Washington D.C. 

How many tickets can I purchase?

There is a two-ticket purchase maximum; one for yourself and one for a guest.

What will happen if I don’t use my Georgetown email address?

Tickets purchased without a Georgetown email address will be refunded to the purchaser, as we will assume you are not Georgetown-affiliated.

What’s the refund policy?

Ticket sales are FINAL and non-transferable.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Both 21+ tickets and under 21 tickets will be sold. 21+ tickets will have access to an open bar. All tickets include hors d’oeuvres, dancing, and juice, soda, and water. The week of the ball on the Georgetown University campus, wristbands will be distributed to all attendees after a strict ID check. Wristbands and Eventbrite confirmations must be presented at registration on the night of the ball in order to attend.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Garage Parking is available at the L’Enfant Plaza Garage. Valet Parking is available at the Hilton Washington DC National Mall, located just behind the Museum.

The closest Metro station is L’Enfant Plaza (Green, Yellow, Orange, Blue, and Silver lines).

L’Enfant Plaza Metro has multiple exits. The closest exit to the Spy Museum is Exit C, the 9th St and L’Enfant Plaza exit. The only ADA Accessible exit with an elevator is Exit A, the 7th St and Maryland Av exit.

Metrobus stops are located on Independence Avenue, SW, and along 7th Street, SW.

What can I bring into the event?

No outside food or beverages will be permitted into the event. No large backpacks or bags. Security officers will be monitoring venue entrances.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. However, no one will be admitted without a wristband. No exceptions will be made for guests who arrive without their wristbands. 

Students may pick up their wristband on campus in the ICC Galleria at the following times:

Tuesday, April 2nd 1:00pm – 3:00pm ET

Wednesday, April 3rd 10:00am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm – 3:00pm ET

Thursday, April 4th 10:00am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm – 3:00pm ET

Friday, April 5th 10:00am-12:00pm

Contact Us


For any questions, please email us at diplomaticball@georgetown.edu.

Our Committee

Elizabeth Lee — Chair of Event

Cate Howell — Vice Chair of Partnerships and Sponsorships

Renato Llontop Calosi — Vice Chair of Communications and Marketing

Stefan Videnovic — Freshman Representative of the Academic Council

Julia Filan — SFS Dean’s Office

Matthew Hancock — SFS Dean’s Office