Commencement audience with the Washington Monument in the background

Speakers and Awardees

 

Elizabeth Warren

 

Elizabeth Warren, ATT ‘66-’68

United States Senator

Keynote Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient

U.S. Senator, attorney, and former law professor Elizabeth Warren is a fierce advocate for her constituents in the state of Massachusetts as well as for all Americans. Before becoming the first woman ever elected to the Senate from the Bay State, Senator Warren served as chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program. She is credited with the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Among her many honors: being cited as Bostonian of the Year by The Boston Globe; receiving the Lelia J. Robinson Award from the Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts; being recognized multiple times as one of the 50 Most Influential Women Attorneys in America by The National Law Journal; and being included four times on Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. Senator Warren is a Monumental Alumna and former GW student.

President‘s Medal Recipients

Anthony Fauci

Anthony Fauci, HON ‘15

Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
President’s Medal Recipient

Dr. Fauci was appointed director of NIAID in 1984. He oversees an extensive portfolio of basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose, and treat established infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis and malaria as well as emerging diseases such as Ebola and Zika. Dr. Fauci has advised seven presidents on HIV/AIDS and many other domestic and global health issues and most recently has served as the U.S. government’s top infectious disease expert in the fight against COVID-19. GW awarded him an honorary doctorate of public service in 2015.

Cindy Liu

Cindy Liu

Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
Chief Medical Officer of the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center
President’s Medal Recipient

Dr. Liu is a faculty member in the Milken Institute School of Public Health. Her career mission is to help medicine to shift infectious disease and public health practices based on our understanding of the human microbiome, and importantly, to move beyond empiric antibiotic use in order to combat antibiotic resistance. She works on several highly multidisciplinary and collaborative research projects that are funded through the NIH and other governmental agencies and foundations. Dr. Liu is chief medical officer of GW’s Antibiotic Resistance Action Center, and she spearheaded the creation of GW’s on-campus COVID-19 testing laboratory, which processes thousands of COVID-19 tests each week.

Andrew Maurano

Andrew Maurano

Associate Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine
Associate Clinical Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
President’s Medal Recipient

In his sixteen years with GW’s School of Medicine & Health Sciences and Medical Faculty Associates, Professor Maurano has treated thousands of patients and is a valued teacher for GW residents and students from many disciplines. He developed, and currently directs, the Department of Emergency Medicine’s Operational and Event Medicine program. Professor Maurano has provided invaluable leadership for the MFA and GW COVID-19 response teams, which have provided testing and emergency medical care for the duration of the pandemic, and he was integral in forming a vaccination partnership with the D.C. government, leading to the vaccination of over 45,000 individuals.

Honorary Degree Recipients

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren, ATT ‘66-’68

United States Senator
Keynote Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient

In addition to being the GW Commencement keynote speaker, the university is delighted to award Senator Warren an honorary degree of Doctor of Public Service.

Nelson Carbonell

Nelson A. Carbonell, Jr., B.S. ’85

Engineer, Entrepreneur, Business Executive
Honorary Degree Recipient

After co-founding software company Cysive in 1993 in the basement of his home, entrepreneur Nelson A. Carbonell, Jr., B.S. '85, grew the tech company to 500 employees and exceeded revenues of $50 million before taking the company public in 1999. He regularly shares his business strategy expertise on a variety of topics at universities, seminars and conferences, as well as with the press, industry, and financial analysts. Currently the president and CEO of the consulting firm Nelson Carbonell & Associates, Mr. Carbonell serves on a variety of boards and is chair emeritus of the Board of Trustees at GW.

 

Class of 2020 and 2021 Speakers 

SJ Matthews

SJ Matthews, B.A. '20

SJ is from Chatham, New Jersey, and graduated with a B.A. in classical studies from the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences. As an undergraduate at GW, she served as the Student Association President and participated in the Women’s Leadership Program. She currently works on Capitol Hill and is pursuing a master’s degree in legislative affairs at GW’s Graduate School of Political Management.  

Naseem Haadid

Naseem Haamid, B.A. '21

Naseem is from the Bronx, New York, and graduated with a B.A. in political science from the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences. He served in numerous leadership positions at GW, including as president of the Kappa Chi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., vice president of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, vice president of the Black Men’s Initiative, and president of the Undergraduate Chapter of the Black Pre-Law Association. He has worked as a community organizer at Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice to create programming that educates Bronx youth on civics, community organizing, and local politics. He is a co-founder of the Leah Brock McCartney Project, a mural project that honors the first Black woman to graduate from GW. He is in his first year of law school at the University of District of Columbia School of Law.