On an unusually cool Saturday in August, President John J. DeGioia stood before more than 1,600 new students and asked them to pause. In the quiet, the Healy bells tolled.
“Let us savor this moment,” he said. “Your first moment of being together as a class. Your first formal experience as members of this academic community. This is a time of great beginnings.”
After two days of unpacking and hellos and goodbyes, the Class of 2027 had just donned their bachelor’s gowns — the same gowns they’ll later wear to their graduation — to signify the start of their academic journeys and official entrance into the Georgetown community. Behind them, parents, loved ones and alumni looked on.
“All of us are part of a community of care,” DeGioia said. “It is an honor for us to share this moment with you. Welcome to Georgetown.”
Georgetown’s newest students gathered together for the first time at New Student Convocation, an annual rite of passage that welcomes first-year and transfer students to the Hilltop. They were joined on Copley Lawn by many of their families, faculty, staff and alumni to celebrate their start on the Hilltop.