This May, TV news anchors, CEOs, professors, nonprofit leaders, alumni and a rear admiral visited Georgetown to share their words of wisdom with the Class of 2023.
Commencement speakers and alumni such as Igor Smelyansky (MBA’05), CEO of Ukraine’s postal service, told graduate students about the responsibility he bears in deciding whether to send 50,000 postal workers into warzones every day to do their jobs. Dan Helfreich (SFS’98, MBA’99), chair and CEO of Deloitte Consulting LLP, told undergraduates in the McDonough School of Business about how he leads with humanity — and takes time after work to call and broadcast Georgetown soccer games. And Savannah Guthrie (L’02), co-anchor of NBC News’ Today and the network’s chief legal correspondent, returned to her alma mater to inspire Georgetown Law students to take risks.
“I’m proud of you, graduates,” Guthrie said. “I’m honored to be with you. Because I was here once, I know exactly what it took for you to get to this moment. I’m looking at every one of you, marveling — and cheering you on into your brave, wild and wonderful future.”
As commencement season wraps up, we bottled up the best advice from this year’s commencement speaker speeches.