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Georgetown Announces 2017 Commencement Speakers

May 5, 2017 – The president of Buzzfeed and FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver are among those scheduled to speak at the university’s 2017 Commencement May 18-21.

Georgetown holds individual graduation ceremonies for each undergraduate and professional school as well as award celebrations on campus, beginning with Senior Convocation and the McCourt School of Public Policy commencement ceremony on May 18 and ending with Georgetown Law’s ceremony on May 21.

“Commencement is one of the most special moments for our university community each year," said Georgetown President John J. DeGioia. "We are honored to welcome a number of distinguished individuals to our campus this May and we look forward to the ways in which their insights will challenge and inspire each of our graduates as they prepare to leave our Hilltop and make an impact on our world."

Students, family, faculty, alumni and friends can follow commencement activities online, including live webcasts. Visit 2017 Commencement for information about how to share memories, pictures and words of wisdom with the Class of 2017.

COMMENCEMENT SPEAKERS, HONORARY DEGREE RECIPIENTS

H.E. Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani
School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Q)
Thursday, May 4, 4 p.m.
Watch the SFS-Q webcast

Alice M. Rivlin
Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution and Visiting Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
McCourt School of Public Policy
Thursday, May 18, Healy Lawn, 5:30 p.m.
Watch the McCourt School webcast

Robert B. Cialdini, Ph.D.
Regents Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Marketing, Arizona State University
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Friday, May 19, Healy Lawn, 9 a.m.
Watch the Graduate School webcast

Arthur “Artie” Minson (B’92)
President and CFO, WeWork
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
McDonough School of Business, Graduate
Friday, May 19, Healy Lawn, 12:30 p.m.
Watch the McDonough School, Graduate webcast

Nathaniel “Nate” Read Silver
Editor-in-Chief, FiveThirtyEight
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
School of Continuing Studies (SCS)
Friday, May 19, Healy Lawn, 3:30 p.m.
Watch the SCS webcast

Sister Mary Scullion
Executive Director and President, Project HOME
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
Georgetown College
Saturday, May 20, Healy Lawn, 9 a.m.
Watch the Georgetown College webcast

James H. Shelton III
President of Chan Zuckerberg Education, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
School of Nursing & Health Studies (NHS)
Saturday, May 20, 2017, Healy Lawn, 12 p.m.
Watch the NHS webcast

Gregory Gerard Coleman (B’76)
President, BuzzFeed
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
McDonough School of Business, Undergraduate
Saturday, May 20, Healy Lawn, 3 p.m.
Watch the McDonough School, Undergraduate webcast

Anne Applebaum
Columnist, The Washington Post, and Visiting Professor, London School of Economics
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Saturday, May 20, Healy Lawn, 6 p.m.
Watch the SFS webcast

Dr. Gordon A. Ewy
Professor Emeritus of Cardiology and Director Emeritus of the Sarver Heart Center, University of Arizona
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Science

Dr. Worta McCaskill-Stevens
Chief, Community Oncology and Prevention Trials Research Group; Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Science
School of Medicine
Sunday, May 21, DAR Constitution Hall, 11 a.m.
Watch the School of Medicine webcast

Charles R. Lawrence III
Professor of Law, University of Hawaii at Mānoa Centennial Professor, William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Laws
Georgetown Law
Sunday, May 21, Healy Lawn, 2 p.m.
Watch the Georgetown Law webcast