A Look Back: Class of 2021 Commencement Celebration

GW logo with embroidered blue, buff material and 2021 tassle
June 18, 2021

Congratulations again Class of 2021! If you missed our recent Commencement Celebration, please visit our website and watch the video for a recap. We are also looking forward to celebrating in-person with the Classes of 2020 & 2021 on the National Mall on October 2, 2021.

Commencement is a celebration of achievement and commitment and excellence. Regardless of how or where we celebrate, the pride and joy we feel towards our newest graduates from programs in the College of Professional Studies (CPS) and the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) is as strong as ever.
 


Re-cap of 2021 Celebration:

If you missed our Commencement Celebration, please visit our Commencement website for more details on our graduates, speakers and awards.

We also have the full replay of the virtual Celebration available to watch, re-watch or share with your friends and family.

Chief Contee

 

 

Distinguished Speaker

And, don’t miss the special message by our Distinguished Speaker and alumnus, Robert J. Contee III, now Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C.

We were very honored to have him join us for our 2021 Celebration.

 


The 2021 Commencement Celebration video follows the outline below:

Dean’s Remarks: (3:27):

  • Melissa R. Feuer, Interim Dean of the College of Professional Studies

Distinguished Speaker: (5:40 intro, 7:40 speaking):

  • Robert J. Contee III, Chief, Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, D.C.

Student Speaker: (22:35):

  • Alfredo Gonzalez Alfonzo, Political Management

Presentation of Awards: (starting at 00:27:31)

  • Dr. Richard F. Southby Police Science Prize (27:50)
  • Founding Dean Arterton Award (31:13)
  • Mark and Debbie Kennedy Frontiers of Freedom Award (32:38)
  • Undergraduate Distinguished Scholar Award (35:48)
  • Graduate Distinguished Scholar Award (37:19)
  • College of Professional Studies Faculty Excellence Award (40:56)

More information about the awards and awardees is available on the website.
 


Presentation of 2021 Graduates by Name: (00:41:43 – 01:35:41)

  • Download your individual slide – Download your personalized graduate slide to share on social media or save. This page allows you to go directly to your page by searching or filtering by last name and/or program.
  • In the video, the 2021 graduates are recognized in the following order:
    • Degree level (undergraduate, graduate)
    • Major (alphabetical order)
    • Last name (alphabetical order)

Program director messages precede each program’s presentation of graduates.

Bachelor’s Degree | Cybersecurity
Congratulatory Remarks by Program Director Scott White

Bachelor’s Degree | Information Technology / Integrated Information, Science and Technology
Congratulatory Remarks by Program Director Joe Garrett

Bachelor’s Degree | Police and Security Studies
Congratulatory Remarks by Program Director Jeff Delinksi


Master’s Degree | Cybersecurity Strategy and Information Management
Congratulatory Remarks by Associate Program Director Connie Uthoff

Master’s Degree | Homeland Security/ Security and Safety Leadership
Congratulatory Remarks by Program Director Elaine Lammert

Master’s Degree | Legislative Affairs
Congratulatory Remarks by Program Director Casey Burgat

Master’s Degree | Paralegal Studies
Congratulatory Remarks by Program Director Toni Marsh

Master’s Degree | Political Communication and Governance
Congratulatory Remarks by Program Director Roberto Izurieta

Master’s Degree | Political Management
Congratulatory Remarks by Program Director Todd Belt

Master’s Degree | Publishing
Congratulatory Remarks by Program Director John Warren

Master’s Degree | Strategic Public Relations
Congratulatory Remarks by Program Director Larry Parnell

Master’s Degree | Sustainable Urban Planning
Congratulatory Remarks by Program Director Sandra Whitehead


Charge to Graduates: (01:35:41)

  • Melissa R. Feuer, Interim Dean of the College of Professional Studies
     

GW Alma Mater: (01:37:20)

  • Sung by Dr. Natalie K. Houghtby-Haddon, Associate Director, GW Center for Excellence in Public Leadership

Congratulations again! Re-watch some of the messages from faculty and staff to the graduates at the end of the video.

Stay tuned for more information on celebrating Commencement on the National Mall for the Classes of 2020 and 2021this fall. Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.