Celebration 2021


Elliott School of International Affairs
Graduate Graduation Celebration

Friday, May 14 at 6:00 pm EDT

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! Join us here via livestream on May 14 to celebrate the achievements of our graduate Class of 2021. Show us how you're celebrating by using #ElliottGraduation on social media!

If you're unable to watch the live celebration, a full recording will be available on Youtube afterward.




  • Pre-Show 
  • Opening Remarks: Dean Alyssa Ayres
  • Presentation of Awards
  • Student Speaker: Nicholas Zuroski
  • Keynote Speaker: Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins
  • Graduate Recognition – Degree programs will be read in alphabetical order, listing graduates in each program alphabetically by last name.
  • Charge to Graduates: Dr. Mike Mochizuki
  • Closing




Celebration Program


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We invite you to download the 2021 celebration program PDF to view digitally and follow along with the ceremony, or print at home.

Download Program PDF





Our Speakers


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Keynote Address

Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins is the Founder and Executive Director of WCAPS—Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security. It all began in 2017, when Jenkins started an organization of women of color working in peace and security who felt isolated and felt their voices were not being heard. Jenkins wanted to encourage and actively develop leadership and a network of women in areas that affect them most globally: Peace, Security, and Conflict Transformation. Four years later, in January 2021, Jenkins and WCAPS were named as the 2020 Arms Control Association’s Persons of the Year. She is also the founder of Organizations in Solidarity, which seeks to combat racism and discrimination in all of its manifestations as individuals and in organizations, and in so doing diversify the fields of peace and security, foreign policy, and national security, making such work more inclusive and equitable.

Learn more about Amb. Bonnie Jenkins


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Graduate Student Speaker

Nicholas Zuroski is a candidate for an M.A. in International Affairs, concentrating in Global Gender Policy and International Law & Organizations. Originally from Bemus Point, NY, Nick is the Founding President of the D.C. Student Consortium on Women, Peace and Security, as well as a member of the GW Chapter of the National Honor Society of Leadership and Success. He has interned with USAID contractor CollaborateUp and the US-ASEAN Business Council, and last semester he helped teach an undergraduate course on masculinities in international affairs. Nick studied World Politics and Mandarin Chinese as an undergraduate at Hamilton College, where he graduated with honors and conducted independent research on Uyghur students while studying abroad in Beijing in Chinese universities. Before Elliott, Nick spent two years working in marketing and strategic communications and investment research in New York City.


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Charge to Graduates

Harry Harding Teaching Award Winner

Dr. Mike Mochizuki is Associate Professor of Political Science & International Affairs. He holds the Japan-U.S. Relations Chair in Memory of Gaston Sigur at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. Dr. Mochizuki was director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies from 2001 to 2005. He co-directs the "Memory and Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific" research and policy project of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. Previously, he was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He was also Co-Director of the Center for Asia-Pacific Policy at RAND and has taught at the University of Southern California and Yale University.

The Harry Harding Teaching Award is given to a member of the Elliott School faculty who has demonstrated sustained excellence in teaching and has made extraordinary contributions to the education of Elliott School students.




Celebrate With Us!


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Show us how you're celebrating graduation by tagging the Elliott School on Instagram, Twitter and  Facebook and using the hashtag #ElliottGraduation in your posts!






GW Alma Mater

Hail Alma Mater
To thy spirit guiding,
Knowledge thy closest friend
In its strength abiding,
Pledge we fidelity
Ne'er its place resigning,
Hail thee George Washington!

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