Celebration 2021


Elliott School of International Affairs
Undergraduate Graduation Celebration

Friday, May 14 at 4:00 pm EDT

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! Join us here via livestream on May 14 to celebrate the achievements of our undergraduate 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: Molly Giguiere
  • 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

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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Undergraduate Student Speaker

Molly Giguiere is a candidate for a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs with a concentration in global public health. She is a presidential academic scholar from Napa, California. While at GW, Molly has held internships with Let America Vote, The Office of Congressman Mike Thompson, The Climate Reality Project, The Sustainable Living Guide, Five Fifths, and the Vall d’Hebron Hospital in Barcelona, Spain. She spent her entire junior studying abroad in Barcelona where she lived with a host family. On-campus, she is a member of the Executive Board for GW Mock Trial. She is currently captaining their team to Nationals, this year being the first time they’ve qualified since 2016. She is a member of the Program of Theatre and Dance at The George Washington University (TRDA) and has participated in many productions. This year she has volunteered with both a non-profit from her hometown, the Michael Leonardi Foundation, and the local food pantry, Bread for the City. In addition, Molly received the presidential service award in Spring 2021.


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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!





Mandatory Graduation Survey

Required for all graduating students, this survey is designed to help GW and Elliott learn more about the experiences and future plans of our students.


Complete the Graduating Senior Survey


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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