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Video: School of Continuing Studies Commencement 2013

Friday, May 17, 2013 3:30 p.m. ET

May 17, 2013 – Gerald M. “Jerry” DeFrancisco, president of humanitarian services for the American Red Cross, challenged the graduates of the School of Continuing Studies (SCS) Class of 2013 to utilize their skills and knowledge gained at Georgetown for the betterment of their communities and society.

“Everyone’s contribution is important, and as leaders of our community both present and future, it’s your responsibility to bring out the best,” DeFrancisco said during the SCS Commencement Ceremony today. “That’s the purpose of education, especially a Jesuit education.”

The SCS graduated 522 students, including 404 with Master of Professional Studies degrees, 26 with Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies degrees, 86 with Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degrees and six with Doctor of Liberal Studies degrees.

The university also had seven military veterans graduate with a Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Studies.

“The Bachelor of Arts Liberal Studies program has helped me obtain a comprehensive understanding of historical, philosophical and ethical dilemmas that have faced humanity throughout our shared history,” said Ryan Lamke (SCS’13).

Lamke, a student veteran, plans to re-enlist into the military as an infantryman despite being medically retired in 2008.

“This knowledge combined with the leadership instruction and opportunities through the Society of Liberal Studies have developed me into a more effective leader," he said. "(It's) a refined skill that I intend to take with me as I prepare to re-enter the United States Marine Corps.”

Brigitte Pribnow Moore (SCS’13), who graduated from the public relations and corporate communications program, said her experience in the School of Continuing Studies was rewarding and memorable.

“I had an incredible experience in the public relations and corporate communications program,” said Moore, who will work at the Young Playwrights’ Theatre in Washington, D.C., as executive director. “I look forward to being a lifelong member of the Georgetown community.”

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