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By Ella Mitchell, Contributing News Editor • June 14, 2024

Elizabeth Warren, Kerry Washington among alumni to be honored for bicentennial award

Updated: April 26, 2021 at 1:49 p.m.

Officials will honor 72 alumni, including a range of senators and actors, for a Monumental Alumni Award this fall as part of GW’s ongoing bicentennial celebrations, according to a release earlier this month.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., and actress Kerry Washington are among the list of alumni who received the award for their careers’ influence across the world, according to the University’s website. Other honorees include Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Officials created the honor for the bicentennial celebration and said in February that they plan to invite the recipients to an in-person celebration during Colonials Weekend this fall to distribute awards.

“As we continue to celebrate GW’s Bicentennial, we mark this historic occasion by honoring and featuring GW’s living alumni who have made an impact on the world through their work and service and who embody the ideals of the University,” the award’s website states.

Duckworth and U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Nadja West, who were both recognized for the award, served on a panel last week to discuss how their experiences at GW impacted their careers.

NBC’s Meet the Press host Chuck Todd, CNN’s chief political correspondent Dana Bash, author Elizabeth Acevedo and fashion designer Rachel Zoe are among other recipients of the award.

This story has been updated to correct the following:
The Hatchet incorrectly reported that 76 alumni were selected to receive the Monumental Alumni Award. The University recognized 72 alumni with the award. We regret this error.

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