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Video: McDonough School of Business Commencement 2013

Saturday, May 18, 2013, 6 p.m. ET

May 18, 2013 – Sen. William Cowan (D-Mass.) told graduates of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business (MSB) to carefully evaluate their self-worth as much as they measure their net worth.

“… while you are at that daunting point of starting a career, setting out on your own and taking responsibility for your own expenses, I ask that amid the dollar signs you search for those intangible things that will make you valued members of society,” said Cowan after receiving an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Georgetown.

Nearly 300 MSB graduates received their bachelor’s degrees during Saturday evening’s commencement ceremony on Healy Lawn.

Quinton Eusebio (B’13) of the Philippines said he is excited to reach the culmination of his “Georgetown journey.”  He will join Citigroup to work now that he has graduated.

“This is a good day because it begins a journey in which we can give back and in which we can apply the skills we’ve used to benefit the world,” he said.

Kimmy Ransom of Belmont, Calif., was just as ecstatic about the future.

“I have been blessed that I have had these four years, and they prepared me to pursue my endeavors. I’m celebrating that today,” said Ransom, who will work for JP Morgan.

Before the graduates were handed their diplomas and had their degrees conferred by Georgetown President John J. DeGioia, Cowan left them with an idea to further explore.

“Graduates, as you ponder your life and career moves beyond today consider how the happy pursuit of wisdom and self-worth might outweigh any wealth you may desire,” said the senator. “I can most assuredly tell you that the investment in your self-worth will allow you to better define your net worth.”

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