April 1, 2015 – Georgetown recognized 34 faculty members and academic administrators for their 20 years of service to the university as well as 11 distinguished donors who support the university’s academic enterprise during yesterday’s Spring Faculty Convocation.
“I congratulate and alert the vicennialists,” said psychology professor Steven Sabat, who delivered the convocation’s annual Life of Learning speech. “Twenty years ago, I received my vicennial medal. My second 20 years here feel like a fleeting moment, so fasten your seat belts, colleagues and know that life grows ever sweeter.”
Gold Vicennial Medalists, who have served at the university full time for 20 years:
Silver Vicennial Medalists, who have served at the university part time for 20 years:
Georgetown also inducted its most distinguished philanthropists into the 1789 Society during the convocation ceremony. The new members were recognized for their charitable gifts to support academic endeavors that allow the university to attract the most talented students and scholars, as well as the resources they need to enact positive global change.
“Georgetown is deeply grateful to you and the other 1789 Society members for such remarkable generosity,” Georgetown Provost Robert Groves said. “Thanks to these gifts, we are able to create faculty chairs, assure financial aid to deserving students and provide outstanding campus facilities.”
The convocation concluded with the observance of the 200th anniversary of the university’s charter, which Georgetown celebrated on March 1.
Tributes from President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio); Sen. Patrick Leahy (L’64) (D-Vermont), Senate president pro tempore emeritus; and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) aired during the convocation.
Groves referred to “the signing of our federal charter, the document that allows us to do our fundamental business – the granting of degrees,” as “the nation’s gift to the university” – a gift that “has enabled Georgetown to become, in return, a gift to the nation.”