A Message from the Chair

Graduation is nearly here and GW English is very much looking forward to celebrating the Class of 2013.

 We are so proud of our graduates, and look forward to hearing about all of their accomplishments as they move on.

One graduating senior (whom I did not have the pleasure of having in class during her time with us) wrote me a wonderful message yesterday.  I asked for her permission to post part of it, and she happily agreed:

“I just wanted to express how thankful I am for all of the incredible experiences the GW English Department has given me over the past four years. I came to GWU with the intention of becoming a Political Science major, but the decision to be an English major was honestly one of the best decisions I have ever made – and probably the best decision in terms of my academic career. It has been a remarkable opportunity to learn from such wonderful professors and TAs – who truly care about their students and have a strong dedication and passion for their work.

“After leaving my last English class of my undergraduate career today, it is a bittersweet feeling as I am very excited for the next passage in my life, but truly saddened to have to say goodbye to the English department. 

“I will remember and carry my experiences from the English department with me forever.”

Needless to say, messages like that from our majors mean the world to us!

We do hope you’ll join us to celebrate our graduates.  Before the CCAS Celebration on Saturday, May 18, we will have a reception in Phillips Hall 411 to honor English and Creative Writing majors from the Class of 2013.  The reception is from 1-2:30 PM and will include the announcement of this year’s prize winners, some remarks from faculty members, and plenty of food, drink, and good wishes.  Most of our faculty will be present to meet the friends and family members of our graduates.

A few days before, in Rome Hall 771, we’ll be honoring this year’s MA and PhD graduates with a reception from 3-4:30 PM (before the doctoral hooding ceremony).  We’ll toast our graduates and announce this year’s winner of the Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.

GW English is grateful to everyone who has made this such an amazing year for us.  And we really do think our graduates are amazing.

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