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The Diplomatic Ball

The Walsh School of Foreign Service is excited to announce the 95th Annual Diplomatic Ball. In Spring 2023, the return of the Diplomatic Ball will commemorate Georgetown University’s tradition and legacy in international affairs.

The 95th Annual Diplomatic Ball will be hosted in the Washington National Cathedral on April 15, 2023. More information about the venue can be found on their website.

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 Embassy of the Republic of France, the Organization of American States, the National Building Museum, and the Library of Congress.

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 are available for sale now on Eventbrite. All ticket purchases must be made with a Georgetown University email account.


The Diplomatic Ball is excited to partner 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: 12420506 

(Purchases) 20% OFF in-store purchases 

Store use: apply code AZWM1010101


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. Our Official Sponsorship Package details 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-transferrable.

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 includes 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 the night of the ball in order to attend.

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

For ride-shares, please input the address of the Open City Café at the Washington National Cathedral. 

Street parking will be available on Wisconsin Avenue and adjoining streets.

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, just your wristband.


Contact Us


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

Our Committee

Dean Samuel J. Aronson

Elizabeth Lee – Chair of Event

Sarah Silver – Vice Chair of Communication and Marketing

Jack Meiter – Vice Chair of Finance and Development

Shamitha Kuppala – Freshman Representative of Academic Council