Previous Commencement Ceremonies

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Undergraduate Commencement Celebration • May 2016

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2016!

Business school undergraduates learned at their commencement celebration that ambition and selflessness are cornerstones of business success.

Dean of the School of Business Linda Livingstone, guest speakers and student speakers all highlighted important lessons from their collegiate and professional careers to guide graduates to stay connected to the GW community.

Mitch Blaser, the chief operating officer of Ironshore, began his address describing the kind of hats graduates will have to wear.

“I see a lot of graduation caps out here today, and I thought it was important for you all to know that when you leave here, you’ll have to wear many, many hats,” he said.

He urged graduates to be proud to wear their alumni hat, because “this one might actually get you a job.” He said that the more the community helped each other, the more influential the community would become.

Master’s & Doctoral Commencement Celebration • May 2016

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2016!

At the School of Business Master’s and Doctoral Programs Celebration, students, faculty, family and friends gathered to watch as graduate students were recognized for their achievements.

The graduates heard words of advice from speakers, who stressed the importance of cherishing accomplishments, like the ceremony, and never accepting failure.

Keynote speaker Baroness Joanna Shields, the United Kingdom Minister for Internet Safety and Security who earned her MBA from GW in 1987, said that she did not attend her GW graduation.

Shields said she was in “too much of a hurry” to attend the ceremony. She said being in a hurry has facilitated her unrelenting drive and quick responses, but has often made her miss out.

“Over time I have realized the importance of appreciating a moment like this,” Shields said. “It gives you time to reflect and thank those that have supported you and contemplate the role you will play in the future.”

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