2013 Speakers & Honarary Degree Recipients

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington returned to her alma mater in the Spring of 2013 to address graduates at the George Washington University’s Commencement ceremony on the National Mall May 19.

Ms. Washington, B.A. ’98, who graduated from the university magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and previously served as a Board of Trustees member,  also received an honorary degree.

Ms. Washington—who was a resident assistant in Thurston during her junior year—is also an activist. She was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and adopted Savoy Elementary School in Anacostia under the committee’s Turnaround Arts Initiative. She is also a member of the V-Counsel, a group of advisers to V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls.

Honorary Degree Recipients 2013

  • Thad Allen is a M.P.A. alumni '86 and former 23rd Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral. He currently is the senior vice president of the management and technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton.

  • Harriet Mayor Fulbright is a M.F.A. alumna 75' and lifetime international education advocate. She is also the former executive director of the Fulbright Association and honorary president of Harriet Fulbright College. 

 

Commencement Weekend 2013 Speakers

Friday, May 17

  • Steven S. Ross, senior vice president, RBC Wealth Management will address graduates of the School of Business at 3:30 p.m. in the Charles E. Smith Center. 

  • Dr. Michael Carter, an innovator in nursing practice and education as well as Dean at UT-Memphis. He is currently chair of the board of Frontier Nursing University. Dr. Carter will address graduates of the School of Nursing at 6:30 p.m. in Lisner Auditorium.

  • Ms. Gazelle Hashemian, co-founded Paragon Technology Group and helped build it into a multi-million dollar business before selling it.  She now serves on the company’s board of directors.  Ms.Hashemian will address graduates of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at 7:30 p.m. in the Charles E. Smith Center. ​

Saturday, May 18

  • Mr. Ray Oglethorpe, former president of AOL, will address graduates of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at 8:00 a.m. in the Charles E. Smith Center.

  • Dr. David Michaels, the 12th assistant secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health in December appointed in 2009 by President Obama and Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). He is currently on leave from his position as professor of environmental and occupational health at SPHHS. Dr. Michaels will address graduates of the School of Public Health and Health Services at 12:00 p.m. in Lisner Auditorium. 

Sunday, May 19

  • Kerry Washington, actress and GW alumna, and GW student Alexandar Zafran will address graduates at the George Washington University’s Commencement ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on the National Mall.
  • Dr. Floyd Loop, chief executive and chairman of the Board of Governors of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and world renowned cardiac surgeon. He currently serves on multiple public and private boards. Dr. Loop will address graduates of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences - M.D. at 2:30 p.m. in Lisner Auditorium.
  • The Honorable Randall R. Rader, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, will address graduates of Law School at 2:30 p.m. in Lisner Auditorium.
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