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Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Commencement 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014 9:00 a.m. ET

May 16, 2014 – Seyla Benhabib of Yale University told the 900 graduates from Graduate School of Arts and Sciences today to appreciate their liberal arts education, since many cannot afford it in the wake of current economics.

“The liberal arts education is inseparable from the ideals of democratic citizenship, the cultivation of judgment in civic and public affairs [and] the training of character for the development of individual talent … for the sake of higher good,” says Benhabib, Yale’s Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy. “As you venture forth as teachers, professionals and researchers, I urge to keep this model in your hearts and minds. It is unique and it is valuable.”

Benhabib received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the ceremony.

Georgetown President John J. DeGioia congratulated the graduates for developing their academic talents and gifts through their studies and research.

“While we celebrate your accomplishments at this moment, we celebrate your promise, we celebrate your talent and your character that you now bring out to the world,” he said.

Graduates said their time on campus helped nurture their career pursuits.

“My experience at Georgetown has been challenging and supportive at the same time,” said Clara Scholl (G'14), who graduated from the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience. “I've had opportunities to pursue projects that tested my limits both intellectually and technically, and I've been truly awed by the depth of support, patience and understanding exhibited by both faculty and my fellow students at Georgetown.”

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