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José Andrés’ Star-Studded Speech Highlights GW’s Commencement Ceremony

May 18, 2014
Maralee Csellar: 202-994-7564, [email protected]
Candace Smith: 202-994-3566, [email protected] 
WASHINGTON—With the U.S. Capitol as a backdrop, roughly 20,000 parents, families and guests watched nearly 6,000 degree candidates graduate from the George Washington University at a ceremony on the National Mall.
In his speech, world-renowned chef José Andrés urged GW’s class of 2014 to redefine success to include making an impact on the world.
After a star-studded video purporting to show the university’s first choices for Commencement speaker—which included Gwyneth Paltrow, Owen Wilson, Eric Holder and Morgan Freeman—Mr. Andrés said he was honored and humbled to be selected as the speaker.  
  • Download all videos and images from today’s ceremony here.
  • View and download broadcast-quality video of Mr. Andrés’ full speech, including the star-studded video, here.
  • View a three-minute web-quality video cut of Mr. Andrés on stage introducing the celebrities via video here.
  • View and download a three-minute broadcast-quality video cut of Mr. Andrés on stage introducing the celebrities via video here.
  • Download the broadcast-quality star-studded video here.
  • View and download high resolution images here.
  • Social media: #GWCommencement, #OnlyatGW, #GWU, #raisehigh, @chefjoseandres, @gwtweets, @gwmedia 
  • Read the full story about Commencement here.
In the heart of the nation's capital with additional programs in Virginia, the George Washington University was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. The university offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study, as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate and professional students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and more than 130 countries.