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U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey to Deliver GW’s 2016 Commencement Address on the National Mall

President of Southern Engineering and the Under-Secretary of State and Minister for Internet Safety and Security for Her Majesty’s Government of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland also to Receive Honorary Degrees

May 05, 2016

Maralee Csellar: 202-994-7564[email protected]
Brett Zongker: 202-994-6466[email protected] 

With the Washington Monument as a backdrop, more than 25,000 people, including approximately 6,000 undergraduate and graduate degree candidates, family members and guests, are expected to attend the George Washington University Commencement on the National Mall. 

U.S. Senator Cory Booker will deliver the keynote address and receive an honorary degree.
GW President Steven Knapp will present honorary degrees.
Joanna Shields, under-secretary of state and minister for Internet safety and security for her majesty’s government of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland will receive an honorary degree. 
Albert H. Small, philanthropist and president of Southern Engineering Corporation will receive an honorary degree. 

Sunday, May 15; academic procession begins at 9:30 a.m. and ceremony begins at 10 a.m. 
Press access begins: 8 a.m.

Event Location: The National Mall on the grounds of Washington Monument between 15 and 17th streets, NW. 
Press entrance: Media tent at corner of Constitution Avenue and 15th Street. Pick up credentials by 9:30 a.m. 
Live truck parking: Contact Maralee Csellar at [email protected] by May 12 with requests. Parking is very limited.
Video: A live clean feed will be available via the AVOC digital switch. Availability is contingent upon acquiring an AVOC connection with WJLA. Please contact Candace Smith at [email protected] by May 12 to request feed. 
Webcast: The live webcast will be available at

High-Res Photos, HD videos and transcripts will be available after the ceremony at

Throw Distances
Podium to main media riser: 200 ft.
Podium to cutaway riser: 164 ft.
Power and mult box will be provided. 

Follow the activity: 

  • Commencement will be live streamed at:
  • Tune into GW’s Facebook page at before the ceremony on May 15 for a special Live Q&A with Sen. Booker; also viewable on Snapchat
  • Hashtags: #GWCommencement, #OnlyatGW, #GWU, #raisehigh
  • Twitter handles: @gwtweets, @gwmedia, @CoryBooker
  • Snapchat usernames: gwuniversity, corybooker

Media who want to attend GW’s Commencement should RSVP by May 13 to Maralee Csellar at [email protected] or the Media Relations team at [email protected].  Day of event cell phone for Maralee Csellar is 202-207-7396

For more information regarding GW’s Commencement, visit the Commencement website or the Commencement Media Kit.