The GW School of Business
The GW School of Business (GWSB) invites all Class of 2021 graduates, with their families and friends, to celebrate their commencement here via livestream.
When it is safe to do so, the university will host in-person celebrations on the National Mall to honor the Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020, with each class enjoying its own, curated celebration.
Watch the Undergraduate Commencement Celebration
Watch the Master's and Doctoral Commencement Celebration
2021 Bachelor's Candidates
2021 Master's Candidates
2021 Ph.D. candidates
This year, GW is celebrating more than 300 students who are the first in their family to graduate from college. Congratulations to all the first-generation graduates in the GW School of Business.
Graduates, and their families and friends, are invited to download the 2021 programs to view digitally and print as a keepsake.
Although we can't all be together right now, you can still celebrate your graduation (or support your graduating family member) during the Virtual Commencement Celebration! Here's a collection of downloadables to help mark this momentous occasion, whether you're near or far.
Social Media Stickers
For family members
Letter from Dean Anuj Mehrotra
I offer congratulations to the Class of 2021 of the George Washington University School of Business. This class deserves to not just be congratulated for the accomplishment of earning a degree, but moreover its outstanding adaptability, perseverance, and can-do spirit in overcoming the disruptions and meeting the challenges brought about by the global crisis.
This celebration is about your goals and the excitement and satisfaction of achieving them. Although we are holding “virtual” commencement celebrations this spring, there is nothing virtual about your achievement, so I am proud to offer my sincere, actual congratulations to the Class of 2021! I hope each of you will be able to accept GW President Thomas LeBlanc’s invitation to join the Class of 2022 on the National Mall next May for our traditional graduation ceremony.
Whether you earned a four-year degree, a graduate degree or doctorate, you can all be proud of what you have achieved. You have successfully completed a rigorous course of study at one of the world’s finest institutions, gaining the knowledge, skills and aptitude necessary to compete — and excel — in today’s global business environment. You have also earned something equally valuable: membership in the GWSB alumni community, a 50,000-strong, worldwide network of dynamic individuals who have compiled a remarkable record of success in countless fields of endeavor. I urge you to stay engaged and stay in touch with your classmates, as well as those who have gone before at GWSB. I guarantee in the years to come you will find the GWSB alumni community to be an enormous professional asset.
While commencement is an important life milestone, signifying a new beginning, the start of professional career or the pursuit of additional, advanced academic challenges, I would also urge you to stay connected with GWSB. Your education was enhanced significantly by former GWSB students who gave generously of their time and talents in sharing their “real-world” business experience with current students. I hope the students who follow you can count on you to “pay it forward.” I ask each of you to do your part (and then some) to be a supportive member of our great community.
I am confident that your GWSB education has equipped you to succeed in today’s business environment and in adapting to its shifting demands. Digital media innovator Jay Samit, independent vice chairman of Deloitte, was on the mark when he said, “Lifelong learning is no longer a luxury but a necessity for employment.” At GWSB, we are committed to the concept of lifelong learning. You can count on us to be here for you to offer the resources you need to continue learning. Whether you are looking to up-skill, re-skill or change career paths, we invite you to “Return + Learn” at GWSB.
Again, congratulations and best wishes for your every future success.
All the best,
Anuj Mehrotra, Ph.D.
Dean, The GW School of Business
Our 2021 Speakers
Nate Morris is the founder of Lexington, Kentucky-based Morris Industries, and its signature asset, Rubicon, a widely acclaimed software company focused on waste and recycling, which operates in 22 countries on five continents and has a valuation in excess of $1 billion. Morris, a ninth-generation Kentuckian born in Lexington and raised by a single mother in a union household, attended public schools and was the first Kentuckian to be named to Fortune Magazine's "40 Under 40" list and to be recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He is also the youngest inductee ever to the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. Morris is a senior advisor to the Atlantic Council's Scowcroft Center for Security, a member of Business Executives for National Security (BENS), and a member of the Trilateral Commission. In 2020, Morris was named a Fulbright Specialist Scholar.
Casey Hayes-Deats worked in theater and other cultural institutions prior to earning her MBA at the George Washington University School of Business. Her experience includes founding The Cake Shop theater company and producing the NY premiere of Martin Crimp’s translation of Pains of Youth, serving as general manager of the internationally recognized Contemporary American Theater Festival, and managing a portfolio of youth education programs at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange. While earning her MBA, Casey served as president of the MBA Association and broadened her experience by participating in the Consulting Community of Practice program, the graduate consulting club, and an impact investing project with GWU's Institute for Corporate Responsibility. She is joining EdOps as a finance specialist, serving as an outsourced CFO for D.C.-based charter schools, and will co-teach an elective on Arts Entrepreneurship at GWU in the fall of 2021. She is also a graduate of the City University of New York (MA in applied theater), Columbia University (BA in cultural anthropology), and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting’s professional conservatory.
Cidnei Rucker is earning a Bachelor of Business Administration at the George Washington University School of Business with a concentration in international business and a minor in journalism and mass communications. After graduation, Ms. Rucker will be an associate account executive at Amazon Web Services, located at Amazon’s 2nd HQ in Arlington, VA.
Throughout her time at GW, Ms. Rucker was able to experience a study abroad program in London, spring 2020. Additionally, Ms. Rucker was actively involved in several student organizations such as an executive board member of the Chi Omega Fraternity, Phi Alpha GWU Chapter, an executive board member of the Multicultural Association of PreHealth Students (MAPS), and was a mentor in the Black Girl Mentorship (BGM) Program. She also volunteered for Freshman Move-In and was a participant in GW Women in Business.
Ms. Rucker feels much gratitude as a first generation student and is excited to celebrate such a great accomplishment with those graduating as well as family and friends.
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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