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Georgetown Celebrates 2013 Commencement Weekend

May 16-19, 2013

May 19, 2013 – Speakers during Georgetown’s nine commencement ceremonies encouraged the more than 5,000 graduates to continue to feed their curiosities, have empathy for those in need and be fearless with challenges they may face.

Prominent Speakers

President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskatiė asked the graduates of the Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS) to embrace challenges and responsibility going into their careers during Saturday afternoon's commencement ceremony.

“You need to have courage and responsibility to make a difference, no matter how hard, especially in politics, or unpopular they are,” Grybauskatiė said. “You can correct mistakes, what you cannot correct is missed opportunities in your life.”

The other speakers that addressed the graduates during Georgetown's Commencement Weekend, May 16-19, included Sen. William Cowan (D-Mass.), U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and a number of men and women from the worlds of politics, government, academia, business and the nonprofit sector. 

“We celebrate the hope and vision of these talented and compassionate young women and men who are ready to make their mark on the world,” said Georgetown President John J. DeGioia. “By trusting in what they have learned and contemplated during these years at Georgetown, they will have no limit on what they can accomplish.”

Reflecting on Graduate Experience

Ayesha Ibrahim (NHS'13), a nursing major, said her experiences inside and outside the classroom have fed her curiosity as well as fueled her passion for social justice.

“I have grown to become a global citizen who strives to exhibit the value of cura personalis in my day-to-day interactions,” said Ibrahim, who was selected to address her classmates during the NHS Tropaia ceremony on Friday. “It is my hope that following graduation I will continue to use what I have learned at Georgetown to better the lives of others.”

Doctoral graduate Sonya Dumanis (G’13), who received her degree from the interdisciplinary program for neuroscience, reflected on her time at Georgetown before walking across the stage Friday morning. 

“Georgetown has given me a plethora of opportunities, and I am extremely grateful for all of them,” said Dumanis, who received a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship during her studies at the university, “but what I love the most about Georgetown are the friends I’ve made. I am incredibly lucky to have experienced my graduate career with not just a devoted faculty, but with an extremely intelligent and fun-loving group of students.”

Ceremonies in Doha, Qatar

Last week, Georgetown conferred degrees to 43 students graduating from its School of Foreign Service (SFS-Q) campus located in Doha, Qatar.

The SFS-Q graduating class of 2013 joins the 125 graduates who have already participated in commencement ceremonies since Georgetown established the campus in Education City in 2005.

Going Forward

“We send off the Class of 2013 with these commencement exercises,” said DeGioia, “and with a sense of hope in the dreams that will animate their futures, and the ideals that will guide them as they go forward into the world.”

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