Commencement Guide

Where to eat in D.C.

Venture into the District for family meals to celebrate the end of your college years off campus. Firefly American 1310 New Hampshire Ave. NW Looking for a twist on classic American dishes? Head to Firefly near Dupont Circle for a range of delicious entrées with sides big enough to share – but you probably won’t […]

Rebecca Remis: Working on an organic farm

Senior Rebecca Remis is taking the natural next step this summer – literally. Two days after graduation, she will head to upstate New York to get her hands dirty on an organic farm. As part of a summer-long organic farming apprenticeship, Remis will be learning technical skills and farm management tactics, as well as teaching […]

Marisa Ranieri: Teaching in Tanzania

Marisa Ranieri remembers her father telling her when she was a kid that, “If you want to change the world, Africa is the first place to start.” Ranieri, who spent part of her junior year in Kenya, said she will continue her studies of African culture and development in Tanzania over the next year. After […]

Austin Schindel: Working as social media reporter through XFINITY

By basking in stadium lights on Major League Baseball’s opening night and standing shoulder-to-shoulder with football stars, Austin Schindel has already gotten a taste of his dream job. Schindel will walk the Commencement stage next week before he travels to top sporting events as a social media reporter, a yearlong gig any sports fanatic would […]

Alex Roman: First student to graduate as organizational sciences major

Just one student will proceed to Lisner Auditorium’s stage when the organizational sciences major is announced at the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences graduation ceremony Saturday. Alex Roman will make GW history as the first student to graduate with a degree in the new major that emphasizes management strategy, leadership and communication. The Department […]

Nate Perkins: A part of the White House staff

Like many aspiring politicos, Nate Perkins’ penchant for politics began while watching reruns of “The West Wing” in high school. Perkins is living out the show’s story as a staff assistant at the White House’s Office of Management and Administration. The California native decided on a college across the country to study in the nation’s […]

Commencement Schedule

Thursday, May 17 Class of 2012 Toast and Senior Class Gift Presentation Noon, Kogan Plaza MSSC Multicultural Graduation Celebration 1 p.m., Charles E. Smith Center Doctoral Hooding Ceremony 5 p.m., Charles E. Smith Center Friday, May 18 Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Commissioning Ceremony 8 a.m., Iwo Jima Memorial Elliott School of International Affairs Celebration […]

What to do in D.C.

Explore sides of the District with your family that you never had time to visit during your years at GW. National Gallery of Art 4th St. and Constitution Ave. NW Pop into the free National Gallery of Art while exploring the National Mall before graduation on Sunday. Browse the permanent collection, featuring Small French Paintings […]

Elyssa Kaplan: Attending culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France

Elyssa Kaplan has been experimenting with recipes since before she could reach her kitchen countertop. After graduating next week and spending a summer in D.C., the international affairs major will head to Le Cordon Bleu in Paris to hone her culinary skills, joining the ranks of graduates like Julia Child, Mario Batali and Giada De […]

Graduation Speakers

Brian Williams Longtime anchor and NBC Nightly News managing editor Brian Williams will keynote the University-wide Commencement. Williams’ first year behind the NBC Nightly News desk in 2004 earned him accolades and a reputation as one of television’s leading journalists for his coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. He had taken over for a […]