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Georgetown College Commencement 2014

Saturday, May 17, 2014 9:00 a.m. ET

May 17, 2014 – Vatican Observatory astronomer Guy Consolmagno, S.J., reminded the more than 850 graduates of Georgetown College today that they are about to launch into a “world that is a lot bigger" than the "universe” they spent four years in.

“There are a lot of aliens out there – and not just people who went to Syracuse or Notre Dame,” Consolmagno joked. “[Does] what you learned here cut any ice with them? Are you prepared to survive the encounter, much less, on occasion, baptize them into your way of thinking?”

Consolmagno, whose books include Catholic Belief and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life and The Heavens Proclaim: Astronomy and the Vatican, told the graduates that their Jesuit education has prepared them well for the future and that some truths are constant.

“Wherever you go, Occam’s razor, really works," he said. "The law of supply and demand, still holds. Integration by parts, really works. Being a person for others, really works.” 

Jennifer Hammer (C’14) is one of the two valedictorians for Georgetown College.

“As we entered Georgetown, we all overcame uncertainty – whether academically, extracurricularly or personally …,” said Hammer, who graduated with a bachelor’s in psychology. “Now as graduating seniors, we are charged with the same task on a much larger scale. I am confident that Georgetown has prepared us all to embraced this challenge and maintain faith that many open doors await us.”

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