Graduate School USA Celebrates 90 Years of Serving the Federal Government and District of Columbia Residents

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Washington, D.C. Institution Helps Students Meet the Challenges of Changing World

Graduate School USA celebrated 90 years as a Washington, DC institution on November 5, 2011 at a gala attended by several hundred well-wishers from the federal government, District government, the community and academia.

“I was proud to be a part of this milestone,” said Mayor Vincent C. Gray. “Graduate School USA has helped to make the District’s workforce smarter and I look forward to seeing what they do next.” Gray presented the School’s Leadership Award, given to DC Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Barbara Lang.

Two other awards were given out at the gala, including the Heritage Award, presented to Jim Gilliland, formerly of USDA, and the Community Award, presented to 50-year partner, the Audubon Naturalist Society. Colbert I. King, Washington Post columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner, was the keynote speaker and ABC7/WJLA-TV News anchor Cynné Simpson was Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening.

“Our vision remains clear – to meet the changing needs of the federal workforce and continue to support the ambitions of the residents of Washington, DC,” said Dr. Jerry Ice, CEO and President of the School. “We expect the next 90 years to be even better.”

From its beginning in 1921 with a few after-work classes in open USDA offices, to war training courses during World War II, to educating government executives on today’s newest legislative and presidential initiatives, Graduate School USA has served generations of Washingtonians and federal employees. Every step of the way, the School has demonstrated its ability to respond to the needs of clients and community when events demand immediate, quality response with real impact.

For more on the School and its history, watch this seven-minute video. Photos available upon request.

About Graduate School USA
Dedicated to providing relevant learning opportunities in public service, Graduate School USA has served the DC metro community since 1921. An independent, nonprofit accredited educational institution; the School is dedicated to academic excellence and lifelong learning. Services include individual assessments, career-related courses, certificate and degree programs, continuing education, and distance learning. Graduate School USA has recently expanded its mission to reflect a greater emphasis on preparing the residents of the District of Columbia for long-term public service careers. More information can be found at

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