Excited seniors are gearing up for their final days at GW with parties and speculations as to what graduation day has in store.
Senior Donna Sears, graduating with a degree in international affairs, said she is going out with friends and spending time with her family before graduating and moving to Argentina to work. She said she hopes it will not rain on Commencement.
“I’m expecting it to be a really wonderful day,” Sears said. “I’m getting really excited about it.”
Patrick Macmanus, a senior graduating with a degree in public policy, said he is packing up his belongings in anticipation of his move to Los Angeles where he is “starting a new life.”
He said the graduation ceremony will be exciting because it will be the first GW experience for his younger brother, who will begin his studies at GW in the fall.
“I’ve been looking forward to (graduation) for four years,” Macmanus said.
Senior Marc Shaller said he will attend several graduation parties and celebrations. Shaller, graduating with an undergraduate degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in public administration, said he is excited about hearing Tutu speak.
“I’m expecting him to give us an encouraging speech about how we can make a difference in the future,” he said.
Senior Scott Fagan, who will graduate with a degree in international affairs, said he thinks Tutu will speak about peace in Kosovo.
Senior Roxanne De Francesco said she is hoping for sunny skies on graduation day.
“I think it’ll be cool to celebrate on the Ellipse,” she said.