Under the shadowy sky of this year’s Commencement, the bright theme of dedication to public service ran high. Being one of the top contributors to Teach for America and the Peace Corps, GW students have consistently displayed their commitment to public service after graduation.
In early April, an editorial in The Hatchet called upon the Office of Community Service to do whatever necessary to receive millions of dollars from the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. With the strong theme of service at this year’s ceremonies, this is something that needs to be considered even more seriously.
Rahm Emanuel may be known for a more brash approach to politics, but the fact that he gave up the draw of a private life and salary for a career in the service of our country is a certainly laudable. Students and alumni who have served in groups such as AmeriCorps and Teach for America frequently attest to the value of such experiences.
In a larger sense, it is appropriate that public dedication is a prominent theme for a school like GW. At a school where everybody is a future Senator, it is important to remember that one doesn’t have to be Rahm Emanuel to make a difference through public service.
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