2018 Commencement Honorees

2018 GW Commencement Speaker Marcia McNutt, President of the National Academy of Sciences

2018 Commencement Speaker Marcia McNutt

Marcia McNutt was elected president of the National Academy of Sciences in 2016, becoming the first woman to hold the position. She also served as the director of the U.S. Geological Survey and was the first female editor-in-chief of the Science family of journals.

2018 GW Commencement Honoree Elana Meyers Taylor, Olympic Medalist and GW Alumna

Elana Meyers Taylor

Elana Meyers Taylor, B.S. ’07, will be awarded an honorary degree at commencement. Ms. Meyers Taylor is a three-time Olympic medalist and former standout Colonial softball player. Most recently, she received a silver medal for women’s bobsled at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

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U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) 

Sen. Tammy Duckworth — a combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient — spoke of perseverity in the face of adversity.


Lt. Gen. Nadja West

The 44th surgeon general of the United States Army implored graduating students to not be skeptical in determing what's possible for their future. 


Marty Baron

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post editor spoke about the importance of journalism in today's political environment.


Student Speaker Angela Sako

The two-time graduate and Presidential Administrative Fellow touched on the idea of welcoming and embracing uncertainty, challenges and differences of opinion.



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