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GW Softball Alumna Meyers Taylor Receives Honorary Degree

Release: 05/20/2018
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Courtesy: George Washington

WASHINGTON - GW Athletic Hall of Famer Elana Meyers Taylor (B.S. '06, M.T.A. '11) received an honorary degree Sunday as part of University Commencement.

The three-time Olympic bobsled medalist was awarded a Doctorate of Public Service before addressing the Class of 2018 and the assembled crowd of approximately 26,000 on the National Mall.

Meyers Taylor joins a distinguished list of honorees across a variety of disciplines with honorary degrees from GW, including fellow GW Athletic Hall of Famers Red Auerbach (1993), Thaddeus Lindner (1994) and Stephen Joel Trachtenberg (2008).

Meyers Taylor, who played softball for the Colonials from 2003 to 2007, is the first American to woman to win three Olympic bobsled medals. The Georgia native added to her medal collection in February, claiming silver for Team USA with partner Lauren Gibbs at the PyeongChang Games. She began her Olympic career by taking bronze in Vancouver in 2010 before winning silver in Sochi four years ago.

Before turning her focus to bobsled, Meyers Taylor left an indelible mark on GW softball. A shortstop and pitcher, she joined the Colonials as the first recruit in program history and was instrumental in its early growth.

During her time in Buff and Blue, Meyers Taylor was twice named an All-Atlantic 10 performer. When she graduated in 2007, she was the program's all-time leader in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.356), hits (202), stolen bases (68) and runs scored (111). She was also a two-time Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete of the Year for softball and a CoSIDA Academic All-American.

Meyers Taylor became the first softball alum elected to the GW Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014 and had her number retired in a ceremony at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus later that year. She has remained an active supporter of the Colonials, including a visit to Foggy Bottom in January to meet with the current team just before her latest Olympic trip.

Watch Meyers Taylor’s remarks during University Commencement below:


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