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Commencement 2019

Georgetown Announces 2019 Commencement Speakers

May 3, 2019 –World-famous chef and humanitarian José Andrés and bestselling author Chimamanda Adichie are among those scheduled to speak at the university’s 2019 Commencement May 16-19.

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 16 and end with Georgetown Law’s ceremony on May 19.

“We are honored to welcome an extraordinary group of individuals to campus to share their reflections with our graduating students this May,” said Georgetown President John J. DeGioia. “These speakers include distinguished leaders in the fields of medicine, literature, politics, law, public service and business. As our students embark on their own paths, seeking to make an impact on our world, we are deeply grateful for the inspiration and powerful example provided by these remarkable individuals.”

Students, family, faculty, alumni and friends can follow commencement activities online, including live webcasts. Visit the 2019 Commencement website for information about how to share memories, pictures and words of wisdom with the Class of 2019.

Commencement Speakers, Honorary Degree Recipients

HE Ambassador Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani
Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations
Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q)
Thursday, May 9, 9:30 p.m. A.S.T.
Watch the GU-Q webcast

José Andrés
Chef and Owner, ThinkFoodGroup Founder, World Central Kitchen Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
McCourt School of Public Policy
Thursday, May 16, Healy Lawn, 5:30 p.m.
Watch the McCourt School webcast

Mark S. Humayun (C’84)
University Professor of Ophthalmology; Cornelius J. Pings Chair in Biomedical Sciences; Director, USC Ginsburg Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics; and Co-Director, USC Roski Eye Institute
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Friday, May 17, Healy Lawn, 9 a.m.
Watch the Graduate School webcast

Christina M. (Tina) Tchen
Co-Founder, Time's Up Legal Defense Fund Former Chief of Staff to First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
School of Continuing Studies (SCS)
Friday, May 17, Healy Lawn, 12 p.m.
Watch the SCS webcast

Joseph Patrick Baratta II (B’93)
Global Head of Private Equity, Senior Managing Director, Blackstone Dean’s Medal
McDonough School of Business
Friday, May 17, Healy Lawn, 3 p.m.
Watch the McDonough School of Business webcast

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Author of six books, including national bestseller Americanah
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
Georgetown College
Saturday, May 18, Healy Lawn, 9 a.m.
Watch the Georgetown College webcast

Joan Rosenhauer
Executive Director of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
School of Nursing & Health Studies (NHS)
Saturday, May 18, Healy Lawn, 2 p.m.
Watch the NHS webcast

Madeleine K. Albright
Former Secretary of State, Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group and Michael and Virginia Mortara Distinguished Professor of Diplomacy at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Saturday, May 18, Healy Lawn, 5 p.m.
Watch the SFS webcast

Dr. Susan Hingle
Professor of Internal Medicine, Associate Dean for Human and Organizational Potential, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Science School of Medicine
Sunday, May 19, DAR Constitution Hall, 11 a.m.
Watch the School of Medicine webcast

Barbara D. Underwood (L’69)
Solicitor General of New York
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Laws
Emmet G. Sullivan
District Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Laws Georgetown Law
Sunday, May 19, Healy Lawn, 2 p.m.
Watch the Georgetown Law webcast