Nexford University US Graduation 2022

On September 25, NXU graduates celebrated their achievements in Washington DC. See what they got up to!


Celebrate in DC with Nexford

DC Tour

See what our graduates got up to on their exclusive tour of Washington DC, which featured a selection of some of the most important landmarks in US history.

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Graduation venue

Situated on the National Mall and current headquarters to the American Pharmacists Association, our NXU learners graduated in style at the Potomac View Terrace.

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Graduation ceremony

See photos from the graduation ceremony and what was in store for our Learners in DC on the day they started their futures as NXU Graduates.

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DC tour

On September 24th our US graduates were treated to a tour of the Nation's Capital. It took in some of the most recognizable landmarks in US history, which amongst other things included:

  • The Washington Monument
  • World War II Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
  • U.S. Capitol Building

The Venue

We celebrated our graduates' success on September 25 at the Potomac View Terrace.

Situated on the National Mall and current headquarters to the American Pharmacists Association, their graduation venue offered easy access to and expansive views of a number of national monuments including the U.S. Capitol, the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial.

They enjoyed the natural beauty of the Potomac River from the open air Terrace while they networked with fellow NXU Graduates and guests from around the world.

Graduation ceremony

Our graduates celebrated their success in style at the Potomac View Terrace.

During the formal ceremony, words of wisdom and congratulations were shared by the event's speakers Fadl Al Tarzi, Cathy Plunkett, Carlos Gutierrez and Morgan Davis.

Meet our speakers

  • Chief Executive Officer

    Fadl Al Tarzi

    Chief Executive Officer

    Fadl founded Nexford University in 2018, with a vision to enable greater social and economic mobility through high-quality, affordable education. His vision stemmed from having built four startups employing over 500 people across 10 emerging markets. Throughout his entrepreneurial journey he witnessed how lack of access to affordable, high-quality education impacts societies across the world.

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    Fadl became an entrepreneur at 18, and has accumulated 17 years’ experience founding digital marketing and SaaS startups, leading award winning digital engagement and digital transformation projects. Cumulatively, his startups have raised over $15 million in growth capital and employ more than 500 people globally. Under News Group International, he launched and grew SOCIALEYEZ from two to more than 120 people globally. He has worked with Fortune 500s, global consumer brands such as Starbucks, and governments in the US, Europe and MENA regions. Fadl has lived in Cairo, Paris, Washington DC, Dubai and London. He holds a BBA from the American University in Cairo and management degrees from George Washington and Middlesex Universities.

  • Chief Academic Officer

    Dr. Cathy Plunkett

    Chief Academic Officer

    Dr. Cathy Plunkett serves as Nexford’s Chief Academic Officer. She has more than three decades of experience in education, starting as a teacher and principal in K-12 and moving to post-secondary education over 15 years ago.

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    Dr. Plunkett has had leadership positions in both the academic and business sides of an institution, serving as a Campus Director, Regional Director, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Director of Regulatory Compliance. The knowledge and experience gained in all of these positions provide solid platform to provide support and guidance to all all departments of the university to ensure compliance with accreditation and state licensing standards. She is passionate about learning and providing students with a positive educational environment for them to meet their educational goals and ultimately succeed in their chosen career.

  • Former US Secretary of Commerce and Former CEO of Kellogg Company

    Carlos Gutierrez

    Former US Secretary of Commerce and Former CEO of Kellogg Company

    Born in Havana, Cuba, Carlos Miguel Gutierrez is an American former CEO and former United States Secretary of Commerce. He is currently a Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of EmPath and was also a former Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Kellogg Company.

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    Carlos is not just a captain of industry, appointed by former US President George W. Bush, he also served as the 35th U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 2005 to 2009, and was actively involved in U.S.-Cuba policy alongside Co-Chair Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Regarding matters of higher education, in February 2009, Gutierrez was named a Scholar at the University of Miami’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies and In April 2009 he joined the university's board of trustees.

  • Chief Executive Officer of TowneBank

    Morgan Davis

    Chief Executive Officer of TowneBank

    Morgan Davis is a founding officer, director and CEO of TowneBank where he oversees growth and profitability. He is an alumnus of Old Dominion University and served as founding President and CEO of Princess Anne Commercial Bank for 13 years prior to forming TowneBank. Active in the community, he's served on the boards for dozens of profit and nonprofit organizations during his 40-plus-year career.

Share your success with the world

You've done the work and earned your degree, now it's time to celebrate and let the world know.

We've prepared assets you can use to post about your success and learner journey on social media. Don't forget to let the Nexford Alumni community know you're joining them by using the hashtag #NXUgrad and tagging us!

Browse the Nexford class of 2022 Yearbook!

Check out the Class of 2022 yearbook featuring all of the DC graduates. See anyone you recognize?