2021 Commencement


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Order of Exercises (Program will run approximately 2 hours)

Announcement of Diploma Ceremony
     Emily Hammond, Jeffrey and Martha Kohn Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

National Anthem
     Promissory Notes

Welcome Address
     Dayna Bowen Matthew, Dean and Harold H. Greene Professor of Law

Student Speaker
     Jacqueline Fisher, Class of 2021

Presentation of Awards
     Jacqueline Fisher, Class of 2021
     Dayna Bowen Matthew, Dean and Harold H. Greene Professor of Law

Faculty Congratulations

Introduction of Speaker
     Dayna Bowen Matthew, Dean and Harold H. Greene Professor of Law

The diZerega Lecture/Ceremony Address
     Michael Hausfeld, JD '69

Graduate Name Scroll

     Names will be listed in this order:

Winner of the John Bell Larner Award Winner of the Anne W. Branscomb Award JD '21 Graduates listed alphabetically by last name.

Charge to the Graduates
     Dayna Bowen Matthew, Dean and Harold H. Greene Professor of Law

Alma Mater
     Promissory Notes

  • LLM '21 Graduates listed alphabetically by last name.
  • MSL '21 Graduates listed alphabetically by last name.
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2021 Commencement Celebration Events

In addition to the law school diploma celebration, we are recognizing our 2021 graduates in many other ways. View the full schedule.


Virtual Comedy Night

Saturday, May 15, 2021
7:30 pm

Join your faculty members and peers for a virtual comedy night including two award-winning comedians and dinner from DoorDash.


Law School diploma Celebration

Sunday, May 16, 2021
2:30 pm

GW Law invites all law school graduates, family, and friends to tune in for our virtual diploma celebration. The event will be streamed on the commencement website. Graduates will receive individual recognition, hear from law school faculty, and groundbreaking human rights and anti-trust lawyer, Michael Hausfeld. The event will run approximately 2 hours.


Congratulations Class of 2021

Dayna Bowen Matthew

The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg often told law students: “If you are going to be a lawyer and just practice your profession, you have a skill—very much like a plumber. But if you want to be a true professional, you will do something outside yourself… something that makes life a little better for people less fortunate than you."

Justice Ginsburg’s words take on special meaning as we honor this year's graduates. You have overcome extraordinary adversity to graduate in the midst of a global pandemic. You have demonstrated strength and resilience, emerging stronger as a result. The struggles you have faced the past year mirror those of our country and nations around the globe. As you become lawyers, I encourage you to take those personal experiences and translate them into action to improve society, work for the greater good, and build a better world for us all. If you do, your rewards will be many.

I know that you and your families have looked forward to this moment for a long time. Commencement is the culmination of years of hard work, and I am inspired by your many great accomplishments. You are academically gifted, passionate, articulate, and service-oriented, and it was my incredible privilege to serve as your Dean. On behalf of our entire faculty and staff, congratulations on reaching this significant milestone. Your time at GW Law has prepared you to impact the world, and we all look forward to your many future achievements.

You now join this law school’s worldwide alumni community of 37,000 graduates, with whom you have shared a common journey. I encourage you to take advantage of this unique and powerful gift of belonging - make them a part of your destiny. Please keep in touch and come back and visit us often. And as you go forth, never forget the iconic words of Justice Ginsburg, which truly hold the key to a meaningful life. Congratulations and my very best wishes to each of you for good health, happiness, and success.


Dayna Bowen Matthew
Dean and Harold H. Greene Professor of Law


The Class of 2021 by the Numbers


JD Graduates


LLM Graduates


MSL Graduates


Pro Bono Hours Recorded

Meet Your Commencement Celebration Speaker


Michael Hausfeld, JD '69

The chairman and founder of Hausfeld LLP and a graduate of GW Law’s Class of 1969, Mr. Hausfeld is renowned for his historic achievements driving social reform on a national and global scale. He has achieved many trailblazing class-action victories in the fields of civil and human rights, discrimination, and antitrust law. Mr. Hausfeld was one of the first lawyers in the United States to declare that sexual harassment was a form of discrimination prohibited by Title VII, and he tried the first case establishing that principle. He also successfully represented Holocaust victims whose assets were wrongfully held by Swiss banks during World War II, victims of abuses under apartheid law in South Africa, and Native Alaskans facing environmental threats after the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Celebration Program



Congratulations First-Generation Graduates

This year GW is celebrating students who are the first in their family to graduate from college.
Congratulations to all first-generation graduates!