Tim Cook delivering the 2015 GW Commencement Address

University Commencement Speakers

The George Washington University was honored to host excellent speakers and honorary degree recipients during our 2019 University Commencement on the National Mall.


Savannah Guthrie



Savannah Guthrie, NBC News' Today Co-Anchor

Savannah Guthrie has been a leading voice in the media for more than a decade, covering a myriad of high-profile stories and conducting a wide range of exclusive interviews with newsmakers including then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, President Barack Obama, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and many others. She will deliver the George Washington University Commencement address May 19 on the National Mall.


Christine Darden



Christine Darden, Former NASA Engineer and GW alum

Christine Darden, D.Sc. ’83, joined NASA in 1967 as a “human computer,” performing calculations to further research in space flight. In 1973, she transferred to engineering, where she became one of a handful of female aerospace engineers at NASA. Her career at Langley Research Center would last 40 years, including a stint leading the group working on sonic boom minimization. 


Cindy McCain



Cindy McCain, Business Woman and Philanthropist

Cindy McCain is a businesswomen, philanthropist and humanitarian. She is the widow of Republican presidential nominee and U.S. Sen. John McCain. Ms. McCain has served in leadership roles advocating for a range of humanitarian causes, including ending human trafficking and helping its victims, providing health care to children around the globe and raising awareness of issues facing girls and women in Africa. 


Tyriana Evans



Tyriana Evans, SMPA '19 and 2019 Student Speaker

Tyriana Evans, a graduating senior majoring in journalism and mass communication, will deliver an address to her fellow graduates about overcoming fear. Ms. Evans is an active member of the GW Association of Black Journalists and a mentee in the School of Media and Public Affairs Career Access Network program. In 2018, she was awarded the Larry King Scholarship.