GW School of Business

2023 Commencement Celebrations


The GW School of Business proudly invites the Class of 2023 to our celebratory events. Mark your calendars and begin planning for your participation.




Schedule of Events


Beta Gamma Sigma Induction Ceremony

Thursday, April 27, 2023, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
City View Room
Invitation only


GWSB School of Business Class of 2023 Soirée

Thursday, May 4, 2023, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location announcement within the invitation. 


Online Programs Graduation Celebration

Saturday, May 13, 2023, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
The Virtual Celebration link will be distributed to graduates, families, and guests in advance.


Student and Faculty Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, May 17, 2023, 4:00 p.m.
Continental Ballroom, University Student Center
Invitation only. Reception immediately follows ceremony.


Undergraduate Programs School Celebration 

Thursday, May 18, 2023, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Each graduate will receive six guest tickets to the celebration in the Charles E. Smith Center.
Reception immediately follows in Oglethorpe Great Hall (Duquès Hall, First Floor Lobby).


Master’s and Doctoral Programs School Celebration 

Friday, May 19, 2023, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Each graduate will receive four guest tickets to the celebration in the Charles E. Smith Center.
Reception immediately follows in Oglethorpe Great Hall (Duquès Hall, First Floor Lobby).


GW University Commencement on the National Mall

Sunday, May 21, 2023, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Each graduate will receive six guest tickets for the GW Commencement on the National Mall.





GW School of Business 2023 Celebration Keynote Speakers 


LaJuanna Russell



Undergraduate Programs Celebration

LaJuanna Russell (MBA ‘98)

President & CEO, Business Management Associates, Inc.

A visionary who started her now award-winning, multi-million-dollar business with a personal investment of $500, Ms. LaJuanna Russell has more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of business operations and government contracting. She is particularly practiced in the areas of human resource management and process improvement and is a sought-after speaker on topics such as the future of work, leadership, diversity and inclusion, entrepreneurship, and women in government contracting.

In addition to her certification as a Six Sigma Green Belt, Ms. Russell holds a BA in Communication Studies from Virginia Tech and an MBA with concentrations in International Business and Finance from the George Washington University. She is the chair of Small Business Majority’s board of directors, a member of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce board of directors, a member of the George Washington School of Business advisory board, a member of the Professional Services Council board of directors executive council, a member of the Campagna Center board of directors, the DC Leadership Council co-chair for Vital Voices, a member of the Women Impacting Public Policy board of directors, a member of Intuit’s Small Business QuickBooks Council, immediate past chair of the Alexandria Commission on Employment, and an alumna of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program.


Hans Vestberg

Master’s and Doctoral Programs Celebration

Hans Vestberg

Chairman & CEO, Verizon


Hans Vestberg leads Verizon, the world’s largest wireless, fiber-optic and global information networks and services company. In 2017, Hans served as Verizon’s chief technology officer and president of Global Networks, responsible for developing the architecture for Verizon’s fiber-centric infrastructure. He was appointed CEO in August 2018 and chairman of Verizon’s board of directors in March 2019. 

Before joining Verizon, Hans was chief financial officer and CEO of Ericsson, where he led the company’s transformation from its focus on hardware to software and services. Hans is a founding member of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Broadband Commission for Digital Development, where he has led climate-change and digital-health initiatives. He is a board member of BlackRock, the UN Foundation, and the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative, and is co-chair of the New Jersey CEO Council, a coalition of leaders from the state’s largest companies. He chairs the World Economic Forum’s EDISON Alliance for digital inclusion, which aims to impact 1 billion lives with affordable and accessible digital solutions by 2025. Born in Hudiksvall, Sweden, Hans earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Uppsala in Sweden. He is married with two children and is fluent in Swedish, English, Spanish and Portuguese.







All students participating in school celebrations and Commencement on the National Mall must wear regalia. Active service members may wear their dress uniform in lieu of regalia. Graduates may order regalia online through April 13.







Information about additional purchases such as announcements, diploma frames, yearbooks and class rings will be shared in the future. The GW Campus Store offers alumni clothing and gifts.

The Cherry Tree yearbook offers portrait appointments through its website. It is an independent student organization that is not affiliated with University Events. If you feel that you received a message from them in error, or were excluded from their mailing list, please visit their website for contact information. All students of GW (undergraduates of any year, master’s students, and doctoral candidates) are welcome to purchase yearbooks and have a portrait taken. The general content of our book is geared toward undergraduate students.






Student Speakers

For each GW School of Business celebration, one graduating student is chosen to provide a student keynote speech. Selections are made by the GW School of Business Commencement Committee. The application window for this competition is now closed.




Banner Bearers

There will be five banner bearers from the GW School of Business at the university commencement celebration on the National Mall on Sunday, May 21: two undergraduates, two master’s students, and one doctoral candidate. One of the five banner bearers will be selected to carry the school banner and lead the other four banner bearers in the academic processional and recessional. The nomination window for this competition is now closed.




Apply to Graduate

Spring 2023 graduates must submit a graduation application in GWeb by March 15, 2022. This is the first step and must be completed before registering for any commencement-related events.

Spring 2023 commencement can include all eligible graduates for: Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023, and Summer 2023. Summer 2023 graduates who plan to attend the May commencement ceremony must apply for graduation after registering for summer 2023 courses no later than April 1. Students must have either completed their degree requirements or be enrolled in classes that will complete those requirements to submit the graduation application.





Commencement Registration (Coming Soon)

Each Summer 2022 and Fall 2022 graduate, and each Spring 2023 and Summer 2023 graduating student who has submitted a graduation application in GWeb, is eligible to participate in school celebrations and commencement in May and to invite: 

  • up to six guests for the Undergraduate School Celebration on May 18, 2023
  • up to four guests for the Master’s and Doctoral School Celebration on May 19, 2023
  • up to six guests for the Commencement on the National Mall on May 21, 2023

Students must register themselves and their guests to attend Commencement Week events.  Registration will open on March 27, 2023 and close on May 12, 2023.

Please note: You must apply to graduate and complete the mandatory online graduation survey before you can register for the School Celebration or Commencement on the National Mall. The graduation survey will open on March 23, 2023.




Frequently Asked Questions


If I am finishing my degree in the summer, can I participate in commencement?

Yes. Simply apply for summer graduation in GWeb by April 1, after you register for summer courses, to ensure you are included in the commencement program.

If I am a Fall 2022 graduate, can I participate in commencement?

Yes. All Fall 2022 graduates are eligible to participate and will be included in communications.

What if I miss the March 15 (or April 1 for summer) application deadlines in GWeb?

You can still apply for graduation in GWeb, but inclusion in the celebration program cannot be guaranteed due to publishing deadlines.

What if I didn’t receive a confirmation after applying to graduate?

You can check DegreeMAP to confirm that the application is on file. If an application is on file for you, then you will see the words "Sought-Applied to Graduate" or "Applied Late Degree Clearance" in the "Graduation Application" field on your DegreeMAP audit. This is located near the top, in the same section as your name, GWID, major, etc.

Does the GW School of Business provide graduation cords, medals or stoles?

GWSB does not provide cords or stoles for Latin Honors. If you are involved in a group that you know or think might provide cords or stoles for graduation, we encourage you to contact that organization in advance. Undergraduate students will receive a medal at their school celebration on Thursday, May 18.

What are School Celebrations?

All GW schools and colleges will host a celebratory experience for their graduating students. Graduating students will receive individual recognition, including having their names announced, walking across the stage, and having an individual photo taken, during these celebrations, and they will hear from school leaders and other prestigious speakers.

What is the Commencement on the National Mall?

University Commencement brings together students from all GW schools for the conferral of their degrees. The ceremony takes place on the National Mall and is open to all 2023 graduates from bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs to come and celebrate their achievements. This event includes remarks from GW leadership and other speakers.

Can I purchase GWSB-branded commencement keepsakes?

Yes. Please visit www.GWSBshop.com.

Please also refer to the University Commencement website for additional Frequently Asked Questions and answers.





GW is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please see the information regarding Smith Center and National Mall accessibility on the University Commencement website.





Contact us at [email protected] to connect with the GW Business Commencement Committee.





Hail Alma Mater
To thy spirit guiding,
Knowledge thy closest friend
In its strength abiding,
Pledge we fidelity
Ne'er its place resigning,
Hail thee George Washington!





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