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2011 Commencement Speakers

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Friday, May 20, Healy Lawn, 9 a.m.

Richard White

Richard White is the Margaret Byrne Professor of American History at Stanford University. He has written on environmental history, Native American History, Western History and other topics. The recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Distinguished Achievement Award in the Humanities, he also has received a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship and other awards. White is the past president of the Organization of American Historians and the Western History Association and author of numerous books that include them The Middle Ground, The Organic Machine and Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Washington.

McDonough School of Business, MBA Program
Friday, May 20, Healy Lawn, 12:30 p.m.

Robert M. Solow

Robert M. Solow, a Nobel Prize-winning emeritus professor of economics and institute professor at MIT, is best known for his work on an economic growth theory that resulted in the Solow–Swan growth model. Solow received the American Economics Association's John Bates Clark Medal for his work in 1961, the Nobel Prize in Economic Science in 1987 and the National Medal of Science in 1999. He served as a senior economist for the Council of Economic Advisers from 1961 to 1962 and as a member of the President's Commission on Income Maintenance from 1968 to 1970. A graduate of Harvard, where he studied under Russian American economist Wassily Leontief, Solow was hired by MIT to teach courses in statistics and econometrics. But he was given the office next to economic theorist Paul Samuelson, also a student of Leontief, and that led to Solow's pursuit of macroeconomics. Solow is now president of the Cournot Centre for Economic Studies in France.

School for Continuing Studies
Friday, May 20, Healy Lawn, 3:30 p.m.

Diana Natalicio

Diana Natalicio was named president of The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in 1988. During her long and distinguished career with that university, Natalicio has served as vice president for academic affairs, dean of liberal arts, chair of the modern languages department and professor of linguistics. Her sustained commitment to provide all residents of the Paso del Norte region access to outstanding higher education opportunities has made UTEP a national success story. During her Natalicio's tenure as president, UTEP's enrollment has grown to more than 22,000 students. The student body reflects the demographics of the Paso del Norte region, where 90 percent of them live. More than 75 percent are Mexican American, and another 6 percent commute to the campus from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. UTEP's annual budget has increased from $65 million to more than $383 million since 1988.

McDonough School of Business Commencement
Saturday, May 21, Healy Lawn, 9 a.m.

Michael Jensen

Michael C. Jensen is the emeritus Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. In 1985, he founded what is now the Negotiations, Organizations and Markets Unit in the school. Jensen is the author of several books and more than 100 scientific papers, in addition to numerous articles, comments and editorials published in the popular media on a wide range of economic, finance and business-related topics. He wrote Foundations of Organizational Strategy (Harvard University Press, 1998), and Theory of the Firm: Governance, Residual Claims, and Organizational Forms (Harvard University Press, 2000). His book co-authored with Kevin Murphy and Eric Wruck, CEO Pay and What to Do About It: Restoring Integrity to Both Executive Compensation and Capital-Market Relations, will be published by Harvard Business School Press in 2011. Jensen has served as consultant and board member to various corporations, foundations and governmental agencies and has given expert testimony before congressional and state committees and state and federal courts. He currently serves on the Advisory Boards of ESADE Business School and the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research.

Georgetown College
Saturday, May 21, Healy Lawn, 12 p.m.

Paul Farmer

Medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer is the Kolokotrones University Professor at Harvard University, chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a founding director of Partners In Health (PIH). PIH is an international nonprofit organization that provides direct health care services and undertakes research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. Farmer's work focuses on health and human rights. He is chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and served for 10 years as medical director of a charity hospital – L'Hôpital Bon Sauveur – in rural Haiti. Farmer and his colleagues in the U.S. and abroad have pioneered novel, community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings. He is also the U.N. Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti, under Special Envoy Bill Clinton.

School of Nursing & Health Studies
Saturday, May 21, Healy Lawn, 3 p.m.

John Howard

Dr. John Howard has served as the director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since September 2009. He also served in this capacity from July 2002 to July 2008. In this role, Howard has been a leading proponent of translating scientific research into practices, products and services that support workplace health. He is also the current coordinator of the World Trade Center Health Programs within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Among many distinguished career posts, he previously served as chief of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health in the California Department of Industrial Relations. He holds board certification in internal medicine and occupational medicine, is a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, has written extensively on occupational health law and policy and delivered testimony before Congress nearly 25 times.

Walsh School of Foreign Service
Saturday, May 21, Healy Lawn, 6 p.m.

Laura Chinchilla Miranda

Laura Chinchilla Miranda is the first female president of Costa Rica. Prior to her election in 2010 she was a vice president under her predecessor, Oscar Arias. Chinchilla received her master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown in 1989 and then went on to work as a consultant specializing in judicial and public security reform in Latin America and Africa on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Her distinguished career in public service, including positions as minister of public security and member of congress, allowed her to work in areas of judicial reform, public security, political and institutional reform, trade, technology and children and youth programs.

School of Medicine
Sunday, May 22, Constitution Hall, 11 a.m.

Dr. John E. Prescott

Dr. John E. Prescott (C‘77, M‘81) is the first chief academic officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges. In this role he leads national innovation along the entire continuum of medical education, from pre-med programs through continuing medical education. As founding director in 1992 of West Virginia University’s Center for Rural Emergency Medicine, he and his colleagues tackled the challenge of West Virginians’ limited access to emergency care. A recipient of major Center for Disease Control and Prevention and private foundation grants, Prescott’s research and scholarly interests have included rural emergency care, injury control and prevention, medical response to terrorism and academic and administrative medicine. Prescott served as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s committee on the “Future of Emergency Care in the United States” in 2003 and helped to define national policy for the delivery of emergency medical services. He has been a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians since 1987 and is the recipient of West Virginia University’s Presidential Heroism Award.

Law Center
Sunday, May 22, Healy Lawn, 2 p.m.

Brendan Sullivan

Brendan V. Sullivan Jr. (C‘64, L‘67) is a senior partner at Williams & Connolly LLP with 40 years of litigation experience in federal and state courts throughout the country. He also serves as the senior member of the firm’s executive committee. Sullivan is recognized nationally for his record of successes as a trial lawyer. His principal areas of practice include complex commercial litigation, the defense of major law firms in malpractice cases and the defense of accounting firms; products liability and mass tort; will contests and high-profile criminal litigation. Most recently, his discovery of prosecutorial misconduct in the trial of then-Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) resulted not only in the case being dismissed but also a revision of U.S. Justice Department rules concerning the disclosure of exculpatory evidence to the defense. Stevens died in a plane crash in 2010. Sullivan is also a founding member and former chair of the Law Center’s board of visitors.

Other Commencement Speakers

School of Foreign Service-Qatar
Saturday, May 7, Grand Hyatt Hotel in Doha, Qatar

John J. DeGioia

John J. DeGioia has helped to define and strengthen Georgetown University as a premier institution for education and research for over three decades. Since graduating from the university, he has served both as a senior administrator and as a faculty member. On July 1, 2001, he became Georgetown's 48th president. DeGioia is a professorial lecturer in the philosophy department. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Georgetown in 1979 and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the university in 1995. He has most recently taught courses on Interior Freedom and the Academy, Ethics and Global Development, Human Rights: A Culture in Crisis and a seminar on Ways of Knowing.

Senior Convocation
Friday, May 20, McDonough Arena, 2 p.m.

Joseph A. Almeida

Joseph A. Almeida (C’05) is a sixth-grade mathematics teacher at KIPP Infinity Charter School in New York City, where he has written the curriculum and assessment systems. Last year, Almeida led his students to earn the second-highest scores in Manhattan among charter schools on the statewide mathematics test. Prior to joining KIPP in 2008, he was an educator at an upper Manhattan school as a Teach for America corps member. Almeida taught fifth grade there, was a member of the school's leadership team and founded an after-school dance troupe called Groove Theory in honor of a group he helped to develop as a student at Georgetown. Teach for America selected Almeida as its National Teacher of the Year and awarded him the Sue Lehmann Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007. Almeida also earned his master’s degree in childhood education from Pace University that year. The Georgetown graduate has appeared on national news networks, national publications and is a featured educator in Steven Farr's book Teaching As Leadership: The Highly Effective Teacher's Guide to Closing the Achievement Gap. In August 2011, Almeida will join the Alma del Mar Charter School in his hometown of New Bedford, Massachusetts as a founding teacher and mathematics department chair.

ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
Friday, May 20, 7:30 a.m.

Major General Mary A. Legere

Major General Mary A. Legere assumed command of U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command in 2009. In April 2008, she was assigned as Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Multi-National Force-Iraq, and in September 2008, as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Multi-National Force-Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where she was commissioned through ROTC as a second lieutenant in 1982, her first assignment was as a platoon leader with 511th Military Intelligence Battalion. Her awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Parachutist Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.

Georgetown Public Policy Institute
Friday, May 20, Leavey Center Ballroom, 11 a.m.

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.)

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) was first elected to the Louisiana state legislature at the age of 23. After serving eight years as a state representative and two terms as State Treasurer she became the first woman from Louisiana elected to a full term in the U.S. Senate in 1996. Landrieu is currently chair of the Senate Small Business Committee and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, and serves as a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committees. Landrieu has been the leading voice in Washington for the Gulf Coast recovery effort. In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the failures of the federal levee system, she secured billions in recovery dollars and has worked extensively to jumpstart recovery projects. She is committed to reforming the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ensure the nation's disaster response arm is speedy and effective the next time a disaster strikes the United States, be it natural or man-made. She also co-authored the landmark Domenici-Landrieu Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act signed into law in 2006. The bill expanded oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico by more than 8 million acres and shares the revenues with Louisiana to restore and protect the eroding wetlands along the Gulf Coast.

MSFS Award Ceremony
Friday, May 20, Gaston Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Madeleine K. Albright

Madeleine K. Albright, former Secretary of State in the Clinton administration, is Georgetown's Mortara Distinguished Professor of Diplomacy. Albright became the first female secretary of state and the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government when she was sworn in Jan. 23, 1997. Prior to her appointment, Albright served as the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations and as a member of President Clinton's Cabinet and National Security Council. Albright previously served as president of the Center for National Policy, a nonprofit research organization formed in 1981 by representatives from government, industry, labor and education. From 1981 to 1982, From 1978-1981, Secretary Albright was a staff member on the National Security Council, as well as a White House staff member, where she was responsible for foreign policy legislation. From 1976-1978, she served as Chief Legislative Assistant to Sen. Edmund S. Muskie.

School of Medicine
Sunday, May 22, Constitution Hall, 11 a.m.

Barbara Alving, MD, MACP

Dr. Barbara M. Alving (M‘72) directs the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) at the National Institutes of Health. NCRR provides laboratory scientists and clinical researchers with the environments and tools they need to understand, detect, treat and prevent a wide range of common and rare diseases. Prior to being named NCRR director in 1997, she served as the acting director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, where she also served as the director of the extramural Divison of Blood Diseases and Resources. Alving is a professor of medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda and a Master in the American College of Physicians. She is a co-inventor on two patents, has edited three books and published more than 100 papers in the areas of thrombosis and hemostasis.

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