Commencement 2020


Graduate School of Education and Human Development
2020 school Celebration







A Message from the Dean

Dear GSEHD Graduate,

It’s an understatement to say these are extraordinary times. In any other year, you would be walking across a stage in the GW Smith Center, shaking my hand, hearing the cheers of your faculty and staff, waving to your fellow students and family and friends, and smiling for the photographer. You would be hugging your advisor and taking selfies with classmates. The applause for your accomplishments would shake the rafters.

While much in life has changed, your commitment to making the world a better place has not. You came to GSEHD to hone your skills and gather new tools to face the many complex issues that await you as you continue your professional journey. Now maybe even more than ever, your passion to advance the public good is what gives us all hope for the future. Whether you plan to teach, advise, counsel, support, or lead, your expertise, creativity, flexibility, resilience, perseverance, and dedication will make a difference.

We wish we could be together to celebrate the old-fashioned way. But even though we have to be socially distant, we are emotionally close. We send you our warmest wishes and honor you from afar.

I look forward to this time next year, when we hope you will join us on campus to celebrate in person--with the pomp and circumstance you have earned and so deserve.

Congratulations and my very best wishes for continued good health and success.

Michael Feuer

Dean, Graduate School of Education and Human Development





Remarks by Student Speaker

Erika McMullen
Masters, Organizational Leadership and Learning







Gaetano Lotrecchiano

Dean's Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award

Gaetano R. Lotrecchiano, EdD, PhD

Gaetano R. Lotrecchiano, Ed.D., Ph.D. graduated from the Graduate School for Education and Human Development in 2012 and was granted a degree from the Executive Leadership Program in the Human and Organizational Learning department. He has been a GW faculty member for the past 15 years and is an Associate Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership and of Pediatrics at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Presently, he serves GW as the Associate Dean for Innovative and Collaborative Pedagogy at the Libraries and Academic Innovation.

Read More About Gaetano

His area of expertise is in team science which is the study of team dynamic in science teams. He focuses on motivation in knowledge-producing teams, complexity leadership, and transdisciplinary theory and learning. His pedagogy for developing translational scientists stresses the growing need for cross-disciplinary skills and agency for change as interdisciplinary brokers. Since the completion of his doctorate he has served the university in a number of capacities, including developing the team science curriculum in the School of Medicine and Health Science, designing the PhD in Clinical Translational Health Science and serving as its Director of Doctoral Candidacy.

Dr. Lotrecchiano is a recipient of the Morton A. Bender Teaching Excellence Award and is a past chair of the GW University Society of Distinguished Teachers. He is currently the president of the International Network for the Science of Team Science (INSciTS) and the faculty moderator for the GW University Seminar “Creating a Culture of Collaboration at GWU.” In addition to his publishing and editorial record, Dr. Lotrecchiano recently published a book entitled Communication in Transdisciplinary Teams and is preparing a manual of learning interventions to accompany his psychometric assessment tool, the Motivation Assessment for Team Readiness Integration and Collaboration (MATRICx). Over the last 18 months, Dr. Lotrecchiano has led the university in developing the Instructional Core for Advocacy, Research, and Excellence, which is GW’s teaching and learning center, and has been instrumental in managing the COVID-19 crisis by leading his team to develop programming and support for instructors throughout GW.



Departmental Awards

Counseling and Human Development

Chi Sigma Iota Outstanding Master’s Counseling Student Award
Samara Gelb

Chris Erickson Mental Health Service Advocacy Award
Katherine Bascuas

Clemmont E. Vontress Cross-Cultural Award
Ashlee Demastus

Donald C. Linkowski Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Rehabilitation Counseling
David Leon

Harry Grubb Detwiler Memorial Award
Cara Hissey

Curriculum and Pedagogy

Corey Hansen Award
Schuyler Hunt

Elementary Education Model Program Award
Jessica Hurtt, Isabel Scrabis

Sylven Seid Beck Elementary Education Prize
Mehtaab Moazzam

Educational Leadership

Doris and Sam Buchalter Museum Education Prize
Emily D. Crowe

Dorothy A. Moore Award in International Education
Nicole Carney

Henry Willett Scholarship Award
Tamilah White Richardson

Jere Trout Award in Educational Technology Leadership
Hailey Lee

Brenner Museum Education Award
Mary Elizabeth Mueller, Chantal C. Ochoa

Nakyuin Shin International Education Award
Ilham Chelabi, Roric McCorristin

Rossetta A. and Sadie B. Feldman Fellow in Museum Education
Ariel K. Waldman

Human and Organizational Learning

Leonard Nadler Leadership Award
Cody Dunn, Yvonne Faisal, Christopher Frasse, Evelyn Nash

Special Education and Disability Studies

Bertice Cornish Award in Early Childhood Special Education
Louisa Murphy

Bilingual Special Education Award
Anna Krughoff

Perry Botwin Award in Special Education
Jessica Dawn Shaffer

Rita Ives Award
Susan Jaffe




 Presentation of Doctoral Degrees

Doctoral graduates are presented in alphabetical order by academic program.
We recommend downloading the Doctoral Hooding Celebration program for reference.




Presentation of EdS and Masters Degrees

Educational Specialist and Masters graduates are presented in alphabetical order by academic program
beginning with the Educational Specialists. We recommend downloading the Celebration program for reference.

Department of Counseling and Human Development

Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy

Department of Educational Leadership


Department of Human and Organizational Learning

Department of Special Education and Disability Studies

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Recognition of GSEHD Certificates and Programs

GSEHD celebrates those students who have successfully completed Graduate Certificates, Post-Masters Certificates, and the GWTeach program. We look forward to your next steps and further contributions to the fields of education and human development. Congratulations!




Welcome to the Alumni Community!


Reggie Greer
Dr. Reggie Grier, GSEHD '79

Today you officially join the GSEHD alumni family, a network of leaders, educators, and scholars spanning the globe. Your connection to GSEHD is just beginning.

For more than two decades, Dr. Ed Vest and Dr. Reggie Grier have participated in the GSEHD graduation celebration by opening the ceremony, distributing gifts, and making sure to shake every graduate’s hand. This year they welcome you virtually as our newest alumni.

Congratulations Class of 2020 from Ed Vest, Reggie Grier, and the GW Alumni Association.

Ed Vest
Dr. Ed Vest, GSEHD '72





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!