The Fellowship Celebrates Graduating Presidential Fellows and Welcomes a New Cohort

The Fellowship Celebrates Graduating Presidential Fellows and Welcomes a New Cohort
June 11, 2018

On Friday, May 18th, amidst all commencement celebrations, the Presidential Fellowship program celebrated the graduating cohort and welcomed the incoming cohort at the annual Commencement Reception. The Presidential Fellowship also thanked President Thomas LeBlanc for his enthusiastic support over the past year. President LeBlanc then delivered remarks on the longevity and continuing importance of the Presidential Fellowship program.

The Fellowship also had a chance to thank all those who have engaged with the program in the past year including outgoing administrative advisor Peter Konwerski as he concludes his time as GW’s Vice Provost and Dean of Student Affairs. This year, for the fourth year in a row, the entirety of both current Presidential Fellowship cohorts donated philanthropically to GW. Many alumni have joined us in this effort. Even more Presidential Fellow alumni have engaged with GW and the Presidential Fellowship in other ways (including the first-ever Presidential Fellowship Steps Challenge, the results of which are featured in another article in this newsletter).  But, there is still more to be done to achieve our engagement and giving goals for 2017-2018 (see the article in this newsletter for an update and ways to get involved between now and the end of June).

Thank you to all who joined the celebration and continue to support the program, including the GW Alumni Association for their sponsorship of the reception. With Presidential Fellowship alumni, preceptors, current Fellows, parents and family members, and the Advising Team in attendance, it was wonderful to see the PAFamily come together.

Please join all of us in congratulating the following graduating and incoming Presidential Fellows:


Graduating Class of 2018:

Marisa Cordon

Dor Hirsh Bar Gai

Grace Mausser

Zunara Naeem

Alex Wang


Incoming Class of 2020:

Ino Acosta

Haley Gray

Tereese Smith

Camila Tapias

Kalpana Vissa


Matthew Basista

PAF Class of 2019
BA '17
MA '19