2023 Commencement


The George Washington University Law School

2023 School Celebration

Sunday, May 21, 2023


2022 graduates posing for a photo

Congratulations to all our 2023 graduates! Your dedication, hard work, and perseverance have brought you to this exciting milestone. We are thrilled to celebrate with you and wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

Commencement Recap


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
Corcoran Brass

Dayna Bowen Matthew
Dean of the Law School

Presentation of Awards
Recognition of Grand Marshall - Charles A. Berardesco, JD '83
Presented by Dean Matthew

Provost's Remarks
Christopher Alan Bracey
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law

Distinguished Associate or Assistant Dean Award - Alan B. Morrison, Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law
Presented by Nicole Karem, Class of 2023

Distinguished Faculty Service Award - Kate Weisburd, Associate Professor of Law
Presented by Ms. Karem

Distinguished Staff Service Award - Bobby Walis, Information Specialist
Presented by Ms. Karem

Michael D. Cooley Memorial Award - Cody Ingraham, Class of 2023
Presented by Ms. Karem

Student Bar Association Distinguished Service Award - Leila Diallo, Class of 2023
Presented by Ms. Karem

Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Service Award - Melinda Roth, Professorial Lecturer in Law; Trent Buatte, Professorial Lecturer in Law
Presented by Ms. Karem

Announcement of Student Awards
Presented by Dean Matthew

Introduction of Speaker
Dean Matthew

The diZerega Lecture/Ceremony Address
Laura Coates

Presentation of Diplomas
Senior Associate Dean Abramowicz

Charge to the Graduates
Dean Matthew

Alma Mater
Corcoran Brass

Corcoran Brass





Share Your Great News!

Click the button below to download our Class of 2023 Digital Invitation. Students can pick up physical copies of commencement announcements in the Career Center or use the digital copy below to inform loved ones about commencement ceremonies.

Download the Digital Invitation


Commencement Schedule

Stay tuned for future updates on commencement events. View the full schedule of law events.

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University-Wide Commencement Celebration

Sunday, May 21, 2023
10:30 am
National Mall
Limit 6 guests

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

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Class of 2023 Photo

Sunday, May 21
1:15 pm

The Class of 2023 photograph will be taken on the corner of 20th and G Streets, NW, Washington, DC.

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Law Diploma Celebration

Sunday, May 21, 2023
3 pm
Charles E. Smith Center
Limit 5 guests

Doors will open for guests at 2 pm

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.


Academic Awards

Congratulations to all class of 2023 graduates and academic award winners! A ceremony recording is now available.

Award Recipients

Pro Bono Recognition Celebration

Congratulations to the 171 students in the graduating class who volunteered 54,612.78 pro bono hours.

Pro Bono Honors Recipients


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A Message from the Dean

I am overjoyed to celebrate this momentous day with you. I know that you and your loved ones have looked forward to this day for a long time. Yours is a very special class to me because we began our GW Law journeys together. We arrived at GW under the most extraordinary circumstances. We weathered a global pandemic, a cyber-attack, and political polarization to emerge to this day triumphantly. You inspired 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 with the power to protect the principles of justice, equality, liberty, and freedom, and we look to you to help build a better world for us all. Now it’s time for you to craft your own pathway to practice—the options are limitless. The world’s most pressing challenges require the problem-solving skills with which your study of the law has equipped you. I charge you, by paraphrasing John Wesley, to use those skills to do all the good in the world that you can, at all the times that you can, to all the people that you can, for as long as ever you can.

Today, you join GW Law’s worldwide alumni community of 33,000 graduates, with whom you now share a transformative experience. You will find among the GW Law alumni network a vast number of preeminent leaders in all sectors of the economy and society—across the United States and around the globe. I encourage you to take advantage of this unique and powerful gift of belonging and 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. We cannot 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.


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




Laura Coates

Laura Coates

CNN Host and Senior Legal Analyst, Constitutional Expert, and Author

2023 GW Law Commencement Speaker

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