GW School of Business
2020 Virtual Commencement Celebrations
May 14 & 15, 2020
The GW School of Business (GWSB) invites all Class of 2020 graduates, with their families and friends, to celebrate their commencement here via livestream. Graduates are also invited to attend the university-wide Bicentennial Commencement celebrations on the National Mall in May 2021.
Watch the undergraduate celebration on Thursday, May 14
Watch the master's and doctoral celebration on Friday, May 15
Graduates, and their families and friends, are invited to download the programs below to view digitally and print as a keepsake.
View the 2020 Commencement announcement from Dean Anuj Mehrotra
Letter from Dean Anuj Mehrotra
As we push through what is arguably the most challenging time we have faced as a society in living memory, the resilience demonstrated by our GWSB community has been impressive. The Class of 2020 — and the entire George Washington University School of Business community — deserves to be congratulated for its outstanding adaptability, perseverance, and can-do spirit in overcoming the disruptions and meeting the challenges brought about by the global crisis.
Despite the current situation, we are not going to let this moment pass without celebrating you and your graduation. Although we are holding “virtual” commencement ceremonies this spring, there is nothing virtual about your achievement, so I am proud to offer my sincere, actual congratulations to the Class of 2020! I hope each of you will be able to accept GW President Thomas LeBlanc’s invitation to join the Class of 2021 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
John G. Samuel is an award-winning business development leader with more than thirteen years of experience building strategic partnerships, designing profitable business models, and transforming organizations around the world.
He is currently the head of LCI Tech at LCI Industries, one of the largest employers of Americans who are blind, and is responsible for launching the new technology services business. John has a proven record of accomplishment leading startup initiatives, helping build Homestrings (a fintech platform focused on diaspora investments), and starting a highly successful joint venture in Cameroon for Aster, a global telecom infrastructure company.
John holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the North Carolina State University Poole College of Management and a Master of Business Administration from the George Washington University School of Business. He is also a certified professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC). In 2019, John received the Triangle Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 leadership award.
Victoria Abril is graduating from the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB) with a Master of Accountancy degree as a part of GWSB’s 4+1 Program. Victoria completed her undergraduate studies at GWSB in May 2019 with a bachelor's degree in Accounting. During her undergraduate experience, Victoria served as president of the Undergraduate Business Association and president of GW Catholics, and also served as a student coordinator with the F. David Fowler Career Center. As a graduate student, she was given the opportunity to continue working in the career center and spent most of her time assisting special projects for both undergraduate and graduate students.
After graduation, Victoria will be staying in the D.C. area and will start working as a federal audit associate at KPMG in the fall. Victoria is the proud daughter of two Latino parents from Cuba and Ecuador, and she grew up in sunny South Florida (Miami).
Trianna Downing is graduating from the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB) with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Business Economics and Public Policy. During her studies, Trianna focused her academic interests and student engagement on causes and organizations that aspire to cultivate educational excellence and character development for young students. In her three years at GWSB, Trianna served as a Freshman Year Development Program mentor as well as the president of Lemonade Day D.C., and she was an undergraduate assistant at the Undergraduate Advising Center while balancing her studies and other external internships.
Trianna has recently accepted a fellowship offer from the Potomac School in McLean, Virginia, as both a middle school teacher and an associate in service learning and program development. Following this fellowship, she hopes to pursue her master's degree in Education Leadership and Education Policy at the GW School of Education and Human Development so that she may create attainable education for underserved populations. Trianna is incredibly grateful for the opportunities and experiences she has had at GWSB and hopes to share this gratitude with you through her commencement speech.
Our Commencement Singer
Andrew Kenney is graduating from the George Washington University School of Business with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Business Economics and Public Policy. During his time at GW, Andrew found his community by participating actively in student organizations and working with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as a tour guide, student coordinator, and senior admissions fellow. In his four years at GWSB, Andrew has held various positions in the service organization Lemonade Day D.C., the professional fraternity Delta Sigma Pi, and the new student orientation office.
Beginning this summer, Andrew will be pursuing a master's degree in Political Management at the George Washington University College of Professional Studies. He is incredibly grateful for the support GWSB has offered him and the opportunities he was given during his undergraduate experience. While he will be singing the National Anthem from his backyard, Andrew looks forward to the in-person celebrations to come — because he knows the GW community he has joined will last a lifetime.
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!
The class of 2020 is invited to join the Bicentennial Commencement celebrations on the National Mall in May 2021.
More details will be shared as they become available.
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