GW Celebration 2021

Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
Undergraduate Celebrations

Saturday, May 15, 2021 • 12 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. EDT


Class of 2021 graduates, along with families, friends and the entire Columbian College community, can participate in their graduation celebration here via livestream. You can also view the livestream on Facebook and join the conversation on social media using #CCASOnward. If you are unable to watch the livestreams, full videos will also be available after the celebration.


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Participating Majors

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • Human Services and Social Justice
  • Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Political Communication
  • Political Science
  • Political Science: Public Policy Focus
  • Psychological and Brain Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Africana Studies
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Arabic Studies
  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Art History and Fine Arts
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biophysics
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies
  • Communication
  • Creative Writing and English
  • Dance
  • English
  • Environmental and Sustainability Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fine Art
  • Fine Arts
  • French Language, Literature and Culture
  • Geography
  • Geological Sciences
  • German Language and Literature
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • Interaction Design
  • Interior Architecture
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Judaic Studies
  • Korean Language and Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Neuroscience
  • Organizational Sciences
  • Peace Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy: Public Affairs Focus
  • Photojournalism
  • Physics
  • Religion
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish and Latin American Languages, Literatures and Cultures
  • Special Interdisciplinary Major
  • Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
  • Statistics
  • Theatre
  • Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Associate of Arts, General Studies


The CCAS Undergraduate Celebration will be livestreamed in this space on Saturday, May 15, at noon and 3:30 p.m. EDT



Celebration Program

The CCAS Undergraduate Celebration program will be available soon. You will be able to download a PDF to view digitally. Stay tuned!


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Our Speakers

Paul Wahlbeck



Paul Wahlbeck
Dean, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Professor of Political Science

Paul Wahlbeck came to the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences in 1993 as a faculty member in the top-ranked Political Science Department after receiving his PhD from Washington University. In 2011, he became chair of department and, in 2016, he joined the college’s leadership team as a vice dean for programs and research. In 2020, he was named dean of the college, after serving as interim dean for two years.

Wahlbeck’s scholarship centers on Supreme Court decision making, especially strategic interaction among justices. His co-authored book, Crafting Law on the Supreme Court: The Collegial Game, was awarded the 2017 Lasting Contribution Award from the Law & Courts Section of the American Political Science Association. His work has been published in many noteworthy journals, including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics and Political Research Quarterly. A holder of a JD from the University of Illinois, he served as an attorney for the Illinois General Assembly and the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation earlier in his career. He also served as director of the Law and Social Science Program at the National Science Foundation from 2001 to 2003 and, in 2006, served as director of NSF’s Political Science Program.


Marsha Reeves



Marsha Reeves, BA '91
Executive Director, KIPP Baltimore

In September 2016, the Board of Directors of KIPP Baltimore, the nonprofit organization that operates KIPP Harmony Academy and KIPP Ujima Academy, named Marsha Reeves to the executive director role. Previously, she served as the chief growth and operations officer for KIPP Baltimore. As executive director, she provides ultimate guidance and oversight of the organization and its budget.

Reeves holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from George Washington University and a juris doctorate degree from Harvard Law School. She began her career as an associate at Latham & Watkins and served as associate general counsel for the Technology and e-Commerce Practice group at Fannie Mae. She was then the vice president and general counsel for Bill Me Later, and successfully led their sale to PayPal, where she continued to lead the legal team until departing the organization in June 2014.


Kimberly Morgan



Kimberly Morgan
Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Director, European and Eurasian Studies Program

Kimberly J. Morgan is professor of political science and international affairs at the George Washington University. She has a BA from Northwestern University and an MA and PhD in political science from Princeton University. She studies the politics shaping public policies in Europe and the United States. She has written about child care and parental leave policies, taxation, health insurance and long-term care for retirees and, most recently, immigration policies.

Morgan is the author of two books, Working Mothers and the Welfare State: Religion and the Politics of Work-Family Policies in Western Europe and the United States (Stanford 2006) and The Delegated Welfare State: Medicare, Markets and the Governance of Social Policy (Oxford 2011) and editor of three volumes. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and she has been a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

At GW, she has served as director of graduate studies for the Political Science Department and is currently director of the European and Eurasian Studies Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs. She received a teaching award from the Writing in the Discipline program in 2018 and an Academic Advising Award in 2014.


Zoe Frankfurter



Zoe Jordan Tillman Frankfurter, BS '21
Distinguished Scholar (12 p.m. Celebration)

Zoe Frankfurter is double-majoring in economics and geography. She loves the activist perspective that geographers use to approach problems and was attracted to economics because it explained tangible problems like how vital medications are priced.

Frankfurter found an intersection between geography and economics with developmental economics. She was eager to concentrate on these disciplines because, in a world where economics is used to justify a lot of misdoings, developmental economics aims to alleviate poverty. Two years ago she began working with her professor at the World Bank, where she co-authored a paper on internet access in Sub-Saharan Africa and conducted research on health care access there. At the World Bank, she became involved in the growing practice of harmonizing data — generating easily comparable datasets that provide poverty economists with ready-to-use data for research. It has also been invaluable during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to assess country-preparedness across the globe.

Frankfurter is a member of the national honor fraternity Phi Sigma Pi, of which she was elected vice president. She also worked as the outreach coordinator for the Humanitarian Mapping Society, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and belongs to the economics honors society Omicron Delta Epsilon. She is grateful for all of the dedicated professors that challenged her and for the opportunities GW provided.


Ariel Santikarma



Ariel Santikarma, BA '21
Distinguished Scholar (3:30 p.m. Celebration)

Ariel Putu Santikarma is a graduating senior in anthropology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at GW. She presently serves as a part of the Anthropology Department’s National Science Foundation project “Rituals in the Making,” studying changing ritual practices, creativity and care in the after(life) of inequality, structural violence and pandemic death. She is a community organizer with GW’s Asian American Student Association.

As a writer, artist and researcher, Santikarma studies the anthropology of death and mass violence with an attention to the feminist politics of care, particularly in post-1965 Indonesia. In the fall, she will pursue her PhD in anthropology at Yale University. 





This year GW is celebrating more than 300 students who are the first in their family to graduate from college. Congratulations to all the first-generation graduates in the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences. 

Read more on GW Today

Faculty Awards

Robert W. Kenny Prize for Innovation in Teaching of Introductory Courses

The Robert W. Kenny Prize for Innovation in Teaching of Introductory Courses is awarded annually to a faculty member in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences who has shown innovation, creativity and originality in teaching an introductory course in the arts and sciences. The recipient, who is among the most talented of our teachers, teaches an introductory or basic course during the academic year in a novel and innovative way. Professors receiving this award have encouraged their students to think differently, allowing them to take advantage of their academic experience at the George Washington University. The Kenny Prize honors former Dean Robert Kenny and his special dedication to stimulating experiences for GW students and his emphasis on the importance of introductory courses as students undertake their studies in the liberal arts and sciences.

2021 Robert W. Kenny Prize Awardees

Diane Cline

Diane Cline

Associate Professor of History and Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies

Sylvain Guiriec

Sylvain Guiriec

Assistant Professor of Physics


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Columbian Prize for Teaching and Mentoring Advanced Undergraduate Students

The Columbian Prize for Teaching and Mentoring Advanced Undergraduate Students is awarded to a regular, full- time faculty member in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences who demonstrates excellence in the teaching and mentoring of advanced undergraduate students. With this prize, we recognize exceptional achievement in one or more of the following areas of work: teaching an advanced undergraduate course, advising students, directing undergraduate research, designing a capstone experience or mentoring students who achieve departmental honors and other distinctions.

2021 Columbian Prize Awardees

Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson

Associate Professor of Theater

Eric Saidel

Eric Saidel

Assistant Professor of Philosophy


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Get Ready to Celebrate

Share a Message With Your Graduating Class

Share a Video Message

Share your well wishes through a video message to the Class of 2021. Find instructions on how to upload your video and see sample messages for inspiration.

#CCASOnward, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

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Share your congratulations, excitement and memories from your time at Columbian College. Tag #CCASOnward on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.




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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