90 Student-Athletes Among George Washington University's Class of 2013
Annual GW Commencement on National Mall Punctuates Collegiate Experience
May 19, 2013
An estimated 25,000 guests attended the George Washington University's Commencement ceremony on the National Mall on Sunday morning, with 90 GW student-athletes among the graduates.
Sunday's Commencement program boasted a keynote address from GW alumna Kerry Washington, B.A. '98, who was awarded an honorary degree alongside GW's graduating students and student-athletes.
Prior to Sunday's Commencement ceremony, five senior members of the men's rowing team became the first members of their class to graduate in a special Athletics Commencement on Tuesday, as championship competition precluded them from attending Sunday's Commencement.
"Commencement at GW is just one of the unique events our students experience at the university," noted Vice President for External Relations Lorraine Voles. "From the school celebrations to the ceremony on the National Mall, this is a time for our community to cherish."
Prior to Commencement at GW Athletics' annual Senior Honors Luncheon last week, women's rowing's Anna Kaminski and men's swimming's Phillip Graeter were awarded the top senior athletics awards as recipients of the Lynn George Outstanding Female Student-Athlete and J. Dallas Shirley Outstanding Male Student-Athlete, respectively.
Additionally, women's soccer's Kayley Sullivan was previously given a university Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for her standing in the top two percent of her school based on GPA.
Graduating student-athletes Nemanja Mikic (men's basketball), Tara Booker (women's basketball), Kayla Carto (gymnastics), Nefertiti Roy (gymnastics), Stephanie Stoicovy (gymnastics), Nicole Lacey (lacrosse), Amanda Zakeri (softball), Graeter, Candace Silva-Martin (volleyball), Guy Helman (men's water polo) and Cameron Illes (men's water polo) were recognized by their respective conferences on All-Academic Teams. (Baseball, men's rowing, women's rowing and women's water polo have yet to announce postseason academic awards.)
The senior student-athletes in GW's Class of 2013 led the Athletics Department to an all-time program-high 3.14 cumulative GPA in the fall semester, while the department also completed more than 7,600 hours of voluntary community service during the academic year.
GW has a history of attracting high-profile Commencement speakers to address graduates and guests in the university's backyard on the National Mall. Previous Commencement speakers have included Brian Williams, "NBC Nightly News" anchor; New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; First Lady Michelle Obama; Rahm Emanuel, former chief of staff to President Barack Obama; former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush; and then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.
George Washington Athletics Class of 2013
Men's Cross Country: Alex Dadds
Master's degree recipients italicized