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Dr. DeGioia and Faculty leaders welcome new students at Convocat  Leaders of the University congratulate new students on their entrance into the Georgetown community during Convocation

AUGUST 31, 2011–NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION (NSO) ENDED LAST NIGHT with the University's annual Convocation ceremony, launching the 2011-2012 academic year for all Georgetown students, staff, and members of the faculty.

Despite the interference of Hurricane Irene and the postponement of Convocation, most NSO events proceeded as planned and the first day of classes began as scheduled today.

In his Convocation remarks, Dr. DeGioia spoke to the Georgetown tradition of learning and the journeys ahead for new students.

“We have a belief in the potential for transformation,” he said. “First in the transformation of ourselves, that we can go beyond our current way of being and thinking. …We also believe in the transformation of our world … that we can be the seeds of love, of hope, of understanding.”

To read more about Convocation, click here.

For a photo gallery of NSO, click here.


Dr. DeGioia Welcomes New Faculty Members   New members of the faculty join Dr. DeGioia for a welcome reception in their honor

AUGUST 25, 2011– THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY WILL WELCOME NEW STUDENTS AND MEMBERS OF THE FACULTY to campus over the next week during a series of events dedicated to basic orientation and the spirit of Georgetown.

These events began yesterday for the Office of the President with a reception for new faculty in the Hall of Cardinals and a panel discussion with almost fifty incoming freshmen on the Development, Relief and Education for Minors (DREAM) Act as part of the First-year Orientation to Community Involvement (FOCI) program.  The panel included Dr. DeGioia, Laura Vazquez of the National Council of La Raza, and Scott Fleming, Associate Vice President for Federal Relations at Georgetown as speakers.

Events over the next days will include:

* Thank You receptions for New Student Orientation Advisors and the Residence Life community
* A Welcome Reception for incoming international students
* A Welcome Picnic for new students and their families
* Convocations for new undergraduate, graduate, and law students
* A Welcome Week Kick-Off event for all students
* Mass of the Holy Spirit to bless the upcoming academic year

Stay posted for a photo gallery featuring all New Student and Welcome Week events soon.


Vice President Biden gives the Hoyas a pep talk

Vice President Biden greets Coach Thompson and the team before their first game in China

AUGUST 18, 2011– VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN AND NEWLY APPOINTED AMBASSADOR TO CHINA, GARY LOCKE, made a surprise visit to the men's basketball team's match-up against the Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons at the Olympic Sports Center in Beijing.

After giving the team a pre-game pep talk, Vice President Biden and Ambassador Locke visited with Georgetown alumni and friends in the stands and conversed with Dr. DeGioia throughout the game.

“It was an honor to have Vice President Biden and Ambassador Locke with us for our game, cheering on the team and supporting our Georgetown community,” said university president John J. DeGioia. “It made the evening that much more special.”

Read the full story and more about the Hoyas' trip to China here.


First Responders Picnic 2011  Leaders of the Georgetown Emergency Medical Service (GERMS) joined Dr. DeGioia for barbeque and conversation at the First Responders Picnic

AUGUST 11, 2011– GEORGETOWN WELCOMED MEMBERS OF THE FIRST RESPONDER COMMUNITYin Washington, D.C. to an appreciation picnic in Leo O’Donovan Dining Hall August 11 to thank them for their contribution to the University's safety and preparedness. More than 70 guests joined the celebration, representing Washington D.C’s Metropolitan Police Department, the Fire and EMS Department, the Emergency Response Team, among many other departments and units throughout the District.

In his welcome remarks, Dr. DeGioia spoke of the strength of Georgetown’s partnership with the First Responders community and expressed Georgetown’s deep gratitude for their efforts.  “Each of you here,” he said, “has made an impact here at Georgetown— enabling us to live out our mission of excellence and service, to be good partners and good neighbors in this city, and to become our very best as a community and as a university.”

The Georgetown community will gather to highlight the importance of safety and preparedness in September to celebrate National Preparedness Month.


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