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Georgetown Announces 2018 Commencement Speakers

May 4, 2018 – Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-District of Columbia) and former MIT president Susan Hockfield (G’79) are among those scheduled to speak at the university’s 2018 Commencement May 17-20.

Georgetown holds individual graduation ceremonies for each undergraduate and professional school, as well as award celebrations on campus. The events begin with Senior Convocation and the McCourt School of Public Policy commencement ceremony on May 17 and end with Georgetown Law’s ceremony on May 20.

“Commencement is one of the most special weekends in the life of our community each year," said Georgetown President John J. DeGioia. "We are deeply grateful to each of our speakers for their willingness to share their insights, and we look forward to welcoming them to our Hilltop as we celebrate our graduates and honor their extraordinary achievements.”

Students, family, faculty, alumni and friends can follow commencement activities online, including live webcasts. Visit 2018 Commencement for information about how to share memories, pictures and words of wisdom with the Class of 2018.

Commencement Speakers, Honorary Degree Recipients

Aysha Al Mudahka
CEO of Qatar Business Incubation Center (QBIC)
Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q)
Thursday, May 3, 4 p.m.

Ernest J. Moniz
Former U.S. Secretary of Energy; Co-Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Nuclear Threat Initiative
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
McCourt School of Public Policy
Thursday, May 17, Healy Lawn, 5:30 p.m.
Watch the McCourt School webcast

William D. Phillips
Physicist, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Friday, May 18, Healy Lawn, 9 a.m.
Watch the Graduate School webcast

Brendan Tuohey
Co-Founder and Executive Director, PeacePlayers
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
School of Continuing Studies (SCS)
Friday, May 18, Healy Lawn, 12 p.m.
Watch the SCS webcast

Ursula Burns
Executive Chair of the Supervisory Board, VEON and
Former Chair and CEO, Xerox
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
McDonough School of Business
Friday, May 18, Healy Lawn, 3 p.m.
Watch the McDonough School webcast

Susan Hockfield (G’79)
President Emerita and Professor of Neuroscience, MIT
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
Georgetown College
Saturday, May 19, Healy Lawn, 9 a.m.
Watch the Georgetown College webcast

Luci Baines Johnson
Founder, LBJ Family Wealth Advisors; daughter of former President Lyndon Johnson
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
School of Nursing & Health Studies (NHS)
Saturday, May 19, Healy Lawn, 2 p.m.
Watch the NHS webcast

António Guterres
Secretary-General of the United Nations
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Saturday, May 19, Healy Lawn, 5 p.m.
Watch the SFS webcast

Thomas J. Nasca, M.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and ACGME International
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Science
School of Medicine
Sunday, May 20, DAR Constitution Hall, 11 a.m.
Watch the School of Medicine webcast

Eleanor Holmes Norton
Congresswoman, (D-District of Columbia)
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Laws
Merrick B. Garland
Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Laws
Georgetown Law
Sunday, May 20, Healy Lawn, 2 p.m.
Watch the Georgetown Law webcast