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On behalf of the faculty and staff of The George Washington University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), I congratulate you on your well-earned academic achievement.
I hope you are as proud of your accomplishment as we—your professors, advisors, and mentors—are. We have watched you learn, grow, broaden your perspectives, and deepen your understanding of engineering and computer science and of the critical roles they play in our increasingly technology-driven world. We are particularly excited to celebrate you and your accomplishments in person this year, together with your family and friends. It took hard work and perseverance for you to be here today, and I hope you look back on your time at SEAS with fondness and appreciation.
As you look forward to your next challenge, I hope you carry with you what you have learned during your time at SEAS. First and foremost, you have studied your discipline in technical depth and acquired an understanding of the ethical practice and societal context of engineering and computer science. You have learned to think creatively about complex topics and to work collaboratively with people across disciplines and from various backgrounds. Your experiences inside and outside the classroom have prepared you to become a valuable member—and leader—of diverse teams solving society’s grand challenges.
But the preparation you have acquired here is just the beginning.
I challenge you to go forth from today as a life-long learner, constantly collecting new knowledge, skills, and perspectives to better serve humankind in our ever-changing world. The pandemic—that dynamic and tragic backdrop to our collective lives for over two years—has reminded us of the importance of adaptability and the need to be proactive in preparing for any challenges that may come our way. As engineers and computer scientists, you have special capabilities and responsibilities, and your commitment to continued growth and adaptability will help you make the world a better and more resilient and equitable place for all.
Whether you are now going on to your first full-time job, continuing your career, heading to graduate or professional school, or otherwise following your life path, please stay in touch with us and with your fellow alumni. Remember that the SEAS community extends far beyond campus and will always welcome you. With a worldwide network of alumni and friends, you will find opportunities to connect with, support, and be supported by fellow GW graduates wherever you venture. And individually and together, you will Raise High!
I wish you all the best,
John C. Lach
Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science
2022 SEAS Celebration Speakers
Aicha Evans joined Zoox as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in February 2019. In June 2020, Evans led the acquisition of Zoox by Amazon.