Category: University News

Title: Georgetown Celebrates the Class of 2023 at Commencement

“Today we celebrate this journey that you’ve made here and the one in which you’re about to embark. This is an extraordinary moment in your lives — there is nothing quite like this moment,” Georgetown President John J. DeGioia said at Senior Convocation on May 18. “Members of the Georgetown Class of 2023, your moment is at hand. Congratulations!”

Each of Georgetown’s 10 schools celebrated individual commencement ceremonies over the weekend, featuring commencement speakers such as NBC News’ Yamiche Alcindor (C’09) and Savannah Guthrie (L’02); Igor Smelyansky (MBA’05), CEO of the Ukrainian postal service; Frank McCourt (C’75), founder of Project Liberty,  executive chairman of McCourt Global; and Dan Helfrich (SFS’98, MBA’99), chair and CEO of Deloitte Consulting LLP.

“Your story is just beginning, or at least a thrilling new chapter. What a surpassing joy it is to stand here with you and root for you,” Guthrie said at the Georgetown Law commencement. “We need you in the future. We need your rigor, the creativity of your intellect. We need your thoughtfulness and precision. We need your fairness. We need your sincerity. We need your passion. We need your heart for the outsider. We need your fire for justice.”

Presenting the Class of 2023

The weekend celebrated the many accomplishments of the Class of 2023, a group of graduates that includes a Rhodes Scholar, Fulbright recipients, military servicemembers and veterans, NCAA league champions, student-parents and first-generation college students. Members of the Class of 2023 also came from all over the world to Georgetown, representing 72 countries and all 50 states.

Graduates at the African-American heritage ceremony.

In his speech to the senior class, Provost Robert M. Groves highlighted the adversity the Class of 2023 battled through as the COVID-19 pandemic sidetracked many of the graduates’ first years on campus.

“We celebrate your perseverance you showed during that time of challenge; your loyalty to this institution and, most of all, the resilience, the generosity and the adaptability you developed in the time you spent away,” Groves said. “But we also celebrate how quickly you adjusted to a very different campus, the campus of the tents — your beloved tents — to which you returned in 2021. You have been and to us always will be amazing. We salute you!”

A Charge at Senior Convocation

Senior Convocation kicked off the commencement weekend, where nearly 1,800 undergraduate students from all of Georgetown’s schools gathered on Healy Lawn to look back on their four years together.

Collectively, this class of undergraduates has completed 70,846 courses at Georgetown and received over $118 million in scholarship support from Georgetown.

“We ask you this afternoon to look back on the time you spent here, and the time you spent away from here. We invite you to recall the optimism with which you arrived long ago on that August, not only optimism about yourself and what lay ahead for you, but also about the world,” Groves said. “And we ask you to reflect on the wisdom with which you now prepare to leave your student lives behind.”

Alumnus Michael Meaney (SFS’12),  the event’s keynote speaker and the head of learning growth at the digital apprenticeship platform Multiverse, spoke to the graduates about the importance of discernment in making life’s many choices. Over the last decade, Meaney taught with Teach for America, completed a Ph.D. at Cambridge University as a Gates Scholar and also serves on the board of directors for See More Impact Labs and the Camp Catanese Foundation. 

“Pay close attention to what is happening around you, and what is happening inside of you. Clarify the motivations behind your choices. Are you acting out of fear or out of freedom?” Meaney said. “Lean on your own community of saints to guide you, to support you and to hold you accountable.”

Sophie Bennett (C’23), an art history major who will pursue a master’s degree in art and museum studies at Georgetown, was one of the student speakers at the Senior Convocation. She was joined by Atharv Gupta (SFS’23), a science, technology and international affairs major who dedicated his time at Georgetown pursuing international development and will spend the next few years as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford.

Fellowship and Scholarship Recipients

Georgetown’s Class of 2023 accumulated numerous awards and prestigious scholarships across their years, including:

  • 19 Fulbright Recipients
  • 1 NSF GRFP Recipient
  • 1 James C. Gaither Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • 2 Goldwater Scholars
  • 1 Pickering Fellow
  • 1 Rangel Fellow
  • 1 Rhodes Scholar, 8 Rhodes Finalists
  • 5 Marshall Finalists
  • 1 Big East Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium First Place Awardee

Class of 2023 By the Numbers

Each of Georgetown’s schools welcomed new graduates to an alumni community comprised of more than 200,000 Hoyas.

  • The McCourt School of Public Policy celebrated 398 graduates on May 18, including 238 masters of public policy; 86 masters in public management; 23 masters in international development policy; 37 masters of science in data science for public policy; and 14 executive masters in policy leadership.
  • On May 19, the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences conferred 441 degrees. New graduates include 41 new Ph.D. holders, 151
    Three graduates posing for a photo
    Graduates at the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences’ commencement ceremony.

    masters of arts in the humanities and social sciences and 249 masters of science in the natural and computational sciences. The ceremony also celebrated the 439 students from the Biomedical Graduate Education who received their degrees, including 40 doctor of philosophy degrees; 14 executive master’s in clinical quality safety and leadership degrees; 380 master of science degrees; and 5 master of arts degrees.

  • The McDonough School of Business graduated 370 undergraduates and 815 graduate students. Graduate degree holders include 410 MBAs; 48 executive MBAs; 19  executive masters in leadership; 158 masters of science in finance; 97 masters of science in management; 27 masters of arts in international business and policy; and 56 masters of science in
    Graduates celebrate at the commencement for the School of Continuing Studies.

    business analytics.

  • The School of Continuing Studies graduated 1,319 graduates on May 19. These include 1,253 master of professional studies degrees, 27 executive master of professional studies degrees; six master of arts in liberal studies degrees; nine doctor of liberal studies degrees; and 24 bachelor of arts in liberal studies degrees.
  • The Georgetown College of Arts & Sciences welcomed 903 new alumni on its May 20 commencement ceremony. This includes 733 new bachelor of arts degrees and 170 bachelor of science degrees.
  • On May 18, the School of Nursing graduated 341 students, including 31 bachelors of science; 251 masters of science; 27 doctors of nurse anesthesia practice; and 32 doctors of nursing practice.
  • The School of Health conferred 105 new degrees on May 20. Graduates include 30 bachelors of science in global health; 26
    Two graduates celebrate after receiving their M.D.s from the School of Medicine.

    bachelors of science in health care management and policy; 32 bachelors of science in human science; and 17 masters of science in health systems administration.

  • The Walsh School of Foreign Service graduated 977 students, adding 422 bachelor’s degree holders and 555 master’s degree holders to its alumni base on May 20.
  • Two hundred students received their M.D. degrees on May 21 from the School of Medicine, including 12 students who received a dual degree with either a Ph.D. or MBA.
  • In the last commencement ceremony, Georgetown Law awarded 1,285 degrees. Of the graduates, 693 earned their J.D., and 581 earned their masters in law, while 11 earned their doctor of juridical science degrees
  • In its May 11 commencement ceremony, Georgetown University in Qatar conferred 105 bachelor of science in foreign service degrees and 18 executive master’s in diplomacy and international affairs.