Tim Cook, Apple CEO and 2015 University Commencement Speaker
In 2015, the University Commencement speaker, Mr. Cook received an honorary doctorate of public service and delivered remarks to an estimated 25,000 graduates and guests at a ceremony like no other in the world on the National Mall.
Julia Haigney, 2016 Student Speaker
GW Law student Julia Haigney, B.A. ’11, J.D. ’16, was the 2016 Commencement Student Speaker.
Dr. Carole M. Watson, Ph.D. '78
Dr. Watson, an alumna of GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, held various roles at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) across several decades. In 2014, Dr. Watson organized “Standing Together,” an NEH initiative to help Americans understand the experiences of service members as they return to civilian life.
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci
Dr. Fauci is an internationally recognized HIV/AIDS researcher and infectious disease expert. He serves as an advisor to the White House and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on global AIDS issues and emerging infectious disease threats. Dr. Fauci has been director of NIAID since 1984 and has lectured at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences multiple times. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush in 2008.