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McCourt School of Public Policy Commencement 2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014 5 p.m. ET

May 15, 2014 – The McCourt School of Public Policy (MSPP) graduated 220 students during its inaugural commencement ceremony Thursday at Georgetown.

MSPP graduated 126 students from its Master of Public Policy program, 17 students from its Master of International Development Policy program and 77 from the Master of Policy Management program.

Frank H. McCourt Jr. (C’75), whose $100 million donation funded the school, was present at the ceremony.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew (L’83), the school's commencement speaker, told the graduates that their generation could be the ones to overcome the cloud of negativity and distrust that people have toward the federal government.

“You leave Georgetown at a moment when our country faces a number of important public policy challenges,” said Lew, who received an honorary doctor of humane letters during the ceremony. “… I hope you not only bring the analytical skills you developed in your studies, but also the ability to work with those who hold different views to fashion honorable compromises that will move our country forward." 

Whitney Odden (G’14), a member of MSPP’s first Master of International Development Policy graduating class, says her time at the school was “very special.”

“There were only 17 of us, so we became very close with each other and the core international development faculty,” says the Montana native, who will work for the World Bank after graduation. “We really shared the same experience over the two years and I have no doubt we will continue to stay in touch both personally and professionally.” 

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