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School of Continuing Studies Commencement 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014 3:30 p.m. ET

May 16, 2014 – Marilyn Jordan Taylor, dean at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, told more than 500 graduating students from the School of Continuing Studies (SCS) to think about how they and their cities shape one another.

“I see cities needing leaders who will engage these issues at all scales of decision-making,” said Taylor, who received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during the ceremony. “In all the fields you represent – in journalism, in public relations and communication, in human resources management, in real estate, in sports industry management, in technology management – your city, your community, needs you.”

Taylor, an architect by training, said she learned an important lesson from renowned architect Nathaniel Owings and the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-New York.)

“It is the spaces between the buildings, rather than the buildings themselves that matter. … It is the people who make a street, a park, a city great,” she said.

The Class of 2104 is the first to graduate since SCS moved to its new home downtown at 640 Massachusetts Ave N.W.

Tiera Harris (G’14), who graduated with a Master of Professional Studies in Public Relations and Corporate Communications, said her time at Georgetown has been filled with camaraderie and collaboration within the SCS community.

“I’ll miss not only learning from some of the most talented professionals in my industry, but learning from my classmates whose personal insights have proven to be just as valuable,” Harris said. “I’ll miss the familial bond we’ve all made in the classroom.”

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