Celebration 2021

School of Engineering & Applied Science

2021 School Celebration

 

Undergraduate Celebration

Friday, May 14, 2021

4 p.m. EDT

 

Graduate Celebration

Friday, May 14, 2021

6 p.m. EDT

 

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.

This May, we look forward to honoring our 2021 graduates virtually, with some in-person elements. Please see the FAQs for more information about our May 2021 celebrations. Please email [email protected] with questions.

For the most up-to-date information about GW's university-wide Commencement celebration, visit commencement.gwu.edu.

Graduation survey: Please take a moment to complete the GW Graduation Survey, required of all graduating GW students. This survey is designed to help GW learn more about the experiences and future plans of our students. Your answers will help us evaluate existing programs, design new ones, and enhance advising of current and future students.

 

190

Number of undergraduate candidates

623

Number of master candidates

87

Number of PhD candidates

 

dean lach

Letter from Dean Lach 

Dear Graduate:

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, widen your perspectives, and deepen your understanding of the engineering and computer science disciplines and of the critical roles they play in our increasingly technology-driven world.

Naturally, we wish we could be alongside you and your family and friends now to celebrate the culmination of your hard work. However, the need for this year’s ceremony to be virtual in no way diminishes the value of your achievement and our recognition of it. In addition to this year’s virtual ceremony, we look forward to inviting you to return to campus when we are able to safely celebrate you in-person with our traditional GW Commencement and SEAS Graduation Celebration.

In the meantime, as you look forward to your next challenge, I hope you will recall 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 current pandemic—that dynamic and tragic backdrop to our collective lives for over a year— 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, heading to graduate school or professional school, or otherwise continuing on your life path with what you have gained from your time at GW, 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 lach
John C. Lach
Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science

 

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2021 SEAS Celebration Speakers

 

christine darden

 

 

Keynote Address: Dr. Christine Mann Darden

Dr. Darden is a retired NASA director and aerospace engineer, an internationally recognized authority in the field of sonic-boom minimization, and one of the women whose story was featured in the 2016 bestseller, Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. She earned her Doctor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from GW in 1983.

 

kendall p. wheeler

 

 

Undergraduate Student Speaker: Kendall P. Wheeler

Candidate for a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering

 

danny nsouli

 

 

Graduate Student Speaker: Danny Nsouli

Candidate for a Master of Science degree in Computer Science, concentrating in Computer Graphics

 

 

 

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