A Look at Famous George Washington University Alumni

Graduation is here, and another round of great George Washington University minds are set to be released into the world. For those of you looking to come to town for the 2018 GWU Graduation, you might find interest in the great minds who preceded this graduating class. Here are a few highlights on the long list of famous names who attended George Washington University.

Kerry Washington

Star of the hit ABC drama Scandal, Kerry Washington is one of the most beloved actresses in Hollywood, and her rise to stardom all started here in Washington, DC. Like many of her fellow alumni, Washington’s appeal has a political twist, since she plays a crisis management expert for DC’s most powerful politicians on the show. Beyond being a face for our city’s political dramas, Washington’s also starred in Academy Award-winning films like Ray, The Last King of Scotland, and Django Unchained.

Colin Powell

The first African-American Secretary of State, Colin Powell is absolutely one of the most accomplished of George Washington’s powerhouse alumni list. In addition to his groundbreaking role in the White House, he was also a four-star general in the United States Army, National Security Advisor, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Jackie O

Arguably the most popular first lady in the history of the United States, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was the wife of President John F. Kennedy, and once a student at George Washington University. She was known for bringing excellent design to the White House, as well as world-class musicians and artists for parties like the building had never seen. For a wonderful depiction of her life, check out the movie Jackie, where Natalie Portman portrays her.

Syngman Rhee

You might be surprised to learn that the former president of South Korea also went to George Washington University. Syngman Rhee served three terms in South Korea from 1948 to 1960, and he had a controversial reputation that ended in his resignation. His life story is out of this world, with life-long prison sentences, torture, political protests, and meetings with figures like President Theodore Roosevelt. During his time here, he earned a Bachelor of Arts from George Washington.

Anousheh Ansari

The first female space tourist, the first Muslim woman to go into space, and the first person of Iranian descent to go into space all went to George Washington University, and they are all Anousheh Ansari. The magnificent mind is a world-famous engineer who co-founded Prodea Systems, and Telecom Technologies.

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