2022 Commencement


The George Washington University Law School

2022 School Celebration

Sunday, May 15

GW Law graduates tossing caps

Congratulations to the George Washington University Law School Class of 2022!

The 155th Commencement of the George Washington University Law School was held on Sunday, May 15, 2022. Events took place throughout the weekend and included the Pro Bono Recognition Celebration, the Academic Awards Celebration, the Dean’s Reception, the University Commencement, and the GW Law Diploma Ceremony.

GW Law Commencement Recap

Commencement Photo Galleries

Watch the Recorded Diploma Celebration



Order of Exercises

Prelude and Processional
Corcoran Brass

Announcement of the Diploma Ceremony
Michael B. Abramowicz
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

National Anthem
Promissory Notes
Danielle Barnes-Smith, John Killingbeck, Jennifer Kuh, Jadyn Marks, and Bradley Neal

Dayna Bowen Matthew
Dean of the Law School

Presentation of Awards
Recognition of Grand Marshall - Weston Burnett, JD '75, LLM '83
Presented by Dean Matthew

Distinguished Associate or Assistant Dean Award - Tammy Tideswell, Senior Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs
Presented by Jordan E. Michel, Class of 2022

Distinguished Faculty Service Award - Peter J. Smith, Arthur Selwyn Miller Research Professor
Presented by Mr. Michel

Distinguished Staff Service Award - Bobby Walis, Information Specialist
Presented by Mr. Michel

Michael D. Cooley Memorial Award - Tyrus Jackson, Class of 2022
Presented by Mr. Michel

Student Bar Association Distinguished Service Award - Jordan E. Michel, Class of 2022
Presented by Dean Matthew

Student Bar Association Recognition Award - Michael S. Levine, Visiting Professor of Law, Fundamentals of Lawyering
Presented by Mr. Michel

Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Service Award - Dan E. Stigall, Distinguished Professorial Lecturer in National Security Law and Randall D. Eliason, Professorial Lecturer in Law
Presented by Dean Matthew

Announcement of Student Awards
Presented by Dean Matthew

Introduction of Speaker
Dean Matthew

The diZerega Lecture/Ceremony Address
Susan Ellis Wild, JD '82

Presentation of Diplomas
Senior Associate Dean Abramowicz

Charge to the Graduates
Dean Matthew

Alma Mater
Promissory Notes

Corcoran Brass

2022 Commencement Program cover

Download the GW Law Diploma Celebration program PDF to view digitally or print at home.

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Honors Recipients

2022 Commencement Celebration Schedule

In addition to the law school diploma celebration, we are recognizing our 2022 graduates in other ways. View the full schedule.

May 14 calendar graphic

Dean's Reception
Saturday, May 14, 2022
7-9 pm
Limit 3 guests

The Dean’s Reception will be held at the National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution) at 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC. Each graduate will receive 3 electronic tickets for family and friends.


University-wide commencement celebration
Sunday, May 15, 2022
10:30 am
Limit 6 guests

The University Commencement Ceremony on the Mall will begin with the academic procession at 10 am, and remarks will begin at 10:30 am. Each graduate will receive 6 electronic tickets for family and friends.


Law School diploma Celebration
Sunday, May 15, 2022
3 pm
Limit 5 guests

The Law School Diploma Ceremony will be held at the Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC. The academic procession will begin at Funger Hall at 2:30 pm, and remarks will begin at 3 pm. Each graduate will receive 5 electronic tickets for family and friends.



Congratulations Class of 2022



Dean Dayna Bowen Matthew

I am overjoyed to celebrate this momentous day with you. After two years of Commencement ceremonies on our computer screens, we are finally back together in person. I know that you and your loved ones have looked forward to this day for a long time. Your GW Law journey took place under the most extraordinary circumstances, and you weathered a global pandemic to emerge to this day triumphantly, inspiring us all with your hard work, dedication, and resilience.

As a group, you are academically gifted, passionate, articulate, and service oriented. It has been my great privilege to serve as your Dean. You are leaving here as professionals who are engaged, analytical, and thoughtful about the law. Now it’s time for you to craft your own pathway to practice -- the options are limitless. The world’s most pressing challenges need the problem-solving skills that your study of the law has equipped you to bring. You have shown by the impressive number of hours of pro bono work your class has contributed that you are dedicated to working for the greater good and building a better world for us all. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that you are going to do just that. 

Today, you join GW Law’s worldwide alumni community of 33,000 graduates, with whom you have shared a transformative experience. You will find among the GW Law alumni network a vast number of preeminent leaders in all sectors of the economy-- across the United States and around the globe. I encourage you to take advantage of this unique and powerful gift of belonging—make your fellow alumni a part of your journey for the rest of your professional lives.

Please keep in touch and come back and visit us often. Your time at GW Law has prepared you to impact the world, and we can’t wait to see your future achievements. Congratulations again on reaching this significant milestone and my very best wishes to each of you for good health, great happiness, and many successes.


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


2022 Diploma Ceremony Speaker

Susan Wild

Susan Ellis Wild, JD '82

Congresswoman Susan Ellis Wild (D-PA), the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District and a graduate of GW Law’s Class of 1982, will deliver the keynote address at the Law School Diploma Ceremony on Sunday, May 15, 2022.

Representative Wild, who was elected to Congress for the first time in November 2018, was a member of the largest class of freshman women (36) to enter the U.S. House of Representatives and is the first woman to go to Congress from her district in Pennsylvania. She also is the mother of recent GW Law grad Clay Wild, JD ’20.

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JD Graduates


LLM Graduates


MSL Graduates


Total Pro Bono Hours Volunteered



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!