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Georgetown celebrates commencement

Class of 2012 SFS Commencement

SFS graduates listened to their Commencement speaker, Dr. Ela Bhat

May 22, 2012–Nine different commencement ceremonies welcomed more than 5,400 graduates into Georgetown University's alumni community May 17-20. A number of distinguished speakers delivered keynote addresses at each of the commencement events.

Each school also held award ceremonies for members of the faculty and students with the highest academic honors. The ninety-third Annual Tropaia Exercises honored students in the College and presented 40 departmental awards. Nearly 150 Georgetown students also were honored for their commitment to service during a Send Off Ceremony held by the Center for Social Justice, Teaching and Research on Friday morning.

Former FBI director Louis Freeh spoke at the ROTC commissioning ceremony where students became second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.

The Medical School Commencement celebrated over 190 graduates and the Law Center Commencement included over 1000 graduates to close the 2012 Commencement season on Sunday.

Read the full story on 2012 commencement here.

Hilltop prepares for Commencement 2012

2012 Commencement


May 14, 2012– Georgetown University is preparing to begin its commencement celebrations for the Class of 2012 this week, to be held May 17-20. The first event will be Senior Convocation for undergraduates on Thursday in McDonough Arena.

Individual graduation ceremonies will be held for each undergraduate and professional school, to be accompanied by various award celebrations on campus. The celebration events include Senior Ball held at Union Station Friday evening, May 18. For a complete list of the 2012 Commencement schedule please follow this link.

Commencement celebrates the achievements of graduates and the faculty, family and friends who support and inspire them. Graduation welcomes a number of the speakers who are also scheduled to receive honorary degrees. This year’s speakers and honorary degree recipients are distinguished individuals from diverse backgrounds with contributions in public service, research, teaching and creative endeavors. Learn more about them here.

Live coverage of all commencement ceremonies can be seen here.

Georgetown welcomes Newest american Catholic University 

Rivier College 2012 Commencement Ceremony

Dr. DeGioia offered an official greeting to Rivier College, from the oldest Catholic university in the nation to the newest. 

May 13, 2012–Dr. DeGioia received an honorary degree from Rivier College at their seventy-seventh commencement on Saturday, May 12 at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Massachusetts. The seventy-nine year-old Rivier College will become a university on July 1, transitioning to become Rivier University.

The college was founded in Nashua, New Hampshire by the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, as a Catholic co-educational institution with undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate programs in the liberal arts and professional courses of study.

Rivier’s President, Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, conferred the honorary degree on Dr. DeGioia at her first commencement ceremony since taking office in 2011. The institution’s annual commencement granted 670 degrees, including their first doctoral degree.

In his remarks, Dr. DeGioia welcomed the soon to be newest Catholic University in the country. He spoke to Rivier College graduates, administrators, and faculty saying, “You bring with you another incomparable gift—a tradition that will serve as your touchstone for the rest of your lives. And you have each other—forever connected by the experiences you have shared together here.”

Read the full story of Rivier College’s commencement ceremony on their website here.

SFS-Qatar Class of 2012 prepares for graduation

SFS Qatar Students Class of 2012

Senior Salma Mousa speaks at event in Doha.

May 7, 2012– Dr. DeGioia will join SFS-Qatar students this week in Education City to celebrate their contributions to Georgetown as the fourth class of SFS-Q graduates-to-be. The gathering will provide seniors with the opportunity to engage with faculty, staff, and each other prior to commencement ceremonies, which will take place Saturday, May 12.

Members of the class represent 16 nationalities, including American, Qatari, Afghan, Canadian, Egyptian, Indian, and Saudi Arabian. The class also has distinguished itself through its community service initiatives, such as a new program, Hoyas English Language Program (HELP), in which students tutor manual laborers and mentor local Qatari students.

Johara al Thani, a member of the class of 2012, reflected on her experience saying, “The things I’ll remember most are the people…The friends, the professors… I never would have thought it would be possible to form such strong bonds.”


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