2022 CCAS Graduation Celebrations

A graduation cap decorated with flowers and "Grad class of 2022"

With faculty, friends and family looking on, the Class of 2022 received a warm sendoff over four days of graduation festivities. The in-person CCAS doctoral, master's and undergraduate ceremonies were a welcome celebration after two years of virtual ceremonies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among the featured speakers at the CCAS Celebrations were President Mark S. Wrighton, Provost Christopher Alan Bracey, and CCAS Dean Paul Wahlbeck. GW's university-wide Commencement on the National Mall featured an address from alumna and Olympic bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor, who is the most decorated Black athlete in Winter Olympic history.


Celebration Photos


Undergraduate Celebrations

12 p.m. Celebration

Speakers at the noon celebration included GW President Mark S. Wrighton, Distinguished Scholar recipient and political science major Darius Cozart and Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences Dwight Kravitz.

3:30 p.m. Celebration

Speakers at the 3:30 p.m. celebration included GW Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Christopher Alan Bracey, Distinguished Scholar recipient and biology and chemistry major Philip Parel and Professor of Anthropology Sarah Wagner.

Participating Majors

12 p.m. Ceremony
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Criminal Justice
  • Data Science
  • Economics
  • Human Services and Social Justice
  • Journalism and Mass Communication (SMPA)
  • Political Communication (SMPA)
  • Political Science
  • Political Science: Public Policy Focus
  • Psychological and Brain Sciences
  • Sociology
3:30 p.m. Ceremony
  • Africana Studies
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Arabic Studies
  • Archaeology
  • Art History (Corcoran)
  • Art History and Fine Arts (Corcoran)
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biophysics
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies
  • Cognitive Science of Language
  • Communication
  • Creative Writing and English
  • Dance (Corcoran)
  • English
  • Environmental and Sustainability Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fine Arts (Corcoran)
  • Fine Arts, Photojournalism Concentration (Corcoran)
  • French Language, Literature, and Culture
  • Geography
  • Geological Sciences
  • German Language and Literature
  • Graphic Design (Corcoran)
  • History
  • Interaction Design (Corcoran)
  • Interior Architecture (Corcoran)
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Judaic Studies
  • Korean Language and Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Music (Corcoran)
  • Neuroscience
  • Organizational Sciences
  • Peace Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy: Public Affairs Focus
  • Photojournalism (Corcoran)
  • Physics
  • Religion
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
  • Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
  • Special Interdisciplinary Major
  • Statistics
  • Theatre (Corcoran)
  • Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Associate in Arts, General Studies

Graduate Celebrations

Master's Celebration

Speakers at the master's celebration included Distinguished Scholar recipient Maya Thompson (American studies) as well as Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration, and of Economics, Stephanie Riegg Cellini.

Doctoral Hooding

In the doctoral hooding, graduates received doctorates in various fields in both the arts and sciences. This year's Award for Excellence in the Mentoring of Doctoral Students was awarded to Assistant Professor of Biology Sandy Kawano.


Celebration Programs


Faculty Awards

Robert W. Kenny Prize for Innovation in Teaching of Introductory Courses

The Robert W. Kenny Prize for Innovation in Teaching of Introductory Courses is awarded annually to a faculty member in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences who has shown innovation, creativity, and originality in teaching an introductory course in the Arts and Sciences. The recipient, who is among the most talented of our teachers, teaches an introductory or basic course during the academic year in a novel and innovative way. Professors receiving this award have encouraged their students to think differently, allowing them to take advantage of their academic experience at the George Washington University. The Kenny Prize honors former Dean Robert Kenny and his special dedication to stimulating experiences for GW students and his emphasis on the importance of introductory courses as students undertake their studies in the liberal arts and sciences.

  • Phillip Troutman, Assistant Professor of Writing and of History, Director of Writing in the Disciplines
  • Sara Matthiesen, Assistant Professor of History and of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Honorable Mention: Xiaoke Zhang, Assistant Professor of Statistics
Columbian Prize for Teaching and Mentoring Advanced Undergraduate Students

The Columbian Prize for Teaching and Mentoring Advanced Undergraduate Students is awarded to a regular, full- time faculty member in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences who demonstrates excellence in the teaching and mentoring of advanced undergraduate students. With this prize, we recognize exceptional achievement in one or more of the following areas of work: teaching an advanced undergraduate course, advising students, directing undergraduate research, designing a capstone experience, or mentoring students who achieve departmental honors and other distinctions.

  • Randi Gray Kristensen, Professor of the University Writing Program, Deputy Director of Writing in the Disciplines
Award for Excellence in Graduate Faculty Mentoring

The Award for Excellence in Graduate Faculty Mentoring is given to a faculty member nominated by graduate students. Mentoring and advising are crucial to the intellectual life and career trajectories of graduate students across the arts, sciences and professions. A good mentor is a source of wisdom and expertise, an inspiring role model, a compassionate critic, a sounding board, an advocate and a career counselor.

  • Kavita Daiya, Professor of English, and of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Award for Excellence in the Mentoring of Doctoral Students

The Award for Excellence in the Mentoring of Doctoral Students is given to a faculty member nominated by students in the PhD and PsyD programs of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Mentoring and advising are crucial to the intellectual life and career trajectories of doctoral students across the arts, sciences and professions. A good mentor is a source of wisdom and expertise, an inspiring role model, a compassionate critic, a sounding board, an advocate and a career counselor.

  • Sandy Kawano, Assistant Professor of Biology

Words From Our Speakers


Graduation Caps Galore


Past Celebrations


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