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U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois to Deliver GW’s 2017 Commencement Address on the National Mall

U.S. Army Surgeon General and Washington Post Executive Editor Also to Receive Honorary Degrees
May 16, 2017

Maralee Csellar: 202-994-7564,
Brett Zongker: 202-994-6466, 

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 Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will deliver the keynote address and receive an
honorary degree.
GW President Steven Knapp will present honorary degrees.
Nadja West, surgeon general of the United States Army.
Marty Baron, executive editor, The Washington Post.
Sunday, May 21; 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 table on Constitution Avenue next to the First Aid tent. Pick up credentials by 9:30 a.m.
Live truck parking: Contact Maralee Csellar at by May 18 with requests. Parking is very limited.
Video: A live broadcast quality clean feed will be available following the ceremony. Contact Maralee Csellar for requests.
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.
Power and mult box will be provided.

Follow the activity:

  • Commencement will be live streamed at:
  • Hashtags: #GWCommencement, #GWClassof2017, #OnlyatGW, #GWU, #raisehigh
  • Twitter handles: @gwtweets, @gwmedia, @SenDuckworth
  • Snapchat username: gwuniversity

Media who want to attend GW’s Commencement should RSVP by May 18 to Maralee Csellar at or the Media Relations team at  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.