2008 Speeches and Statements Archive

2008 Freshman Convocation

September 01, 2008
Good afternoon! On behalf of the Trustees, the Deans, and all my colleagues on the faculty and staff, it’s a pleasure to welcome you to the vibrant, engaged community of scholars that is The George Washington University; and to welcome you, at the same time, to the world-wide and life-long community that connects you with some 220,000 alumni around the world.

2008 Charge to the Graduates

May 18, 2008
I am honored to welcome the Class of 2008 into the lifelong and worldwide community of GW alumni. You are exceptional men and women, and I am proud to call you graduates of The George Washington University!

Interfaith Baccalaureate Service Remarks

May 16, 2008
Good afternoon. I would like to thank Nicole Capp for so kindly inviting me, on behalf of the Student Association, to participate in this important tradition and to share my thoughts with you on the eve of Commencement weekend.

President Knapp's Message to GW Community Regarding Tragedy at Northern Illinois University

February 14, 2008
Yet another tragedy has occurred on an American college campus, this time at Northern Illinois University. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families, and to all the university's students, faculty, and staff.