Graduates -- Changed From Within
“You can’t ask for more than that from your child,” said parent Louis Minion, referring to how his son, Henri (SFS’10), has changed over his four years at the university.
“He’s grown more socially and culturally aware, and his time at Georgetown has changed how he looks at the world,” said the elder Minion, who lives in Lake Hopatcong, N.J., “He has changed from within and emerged a more complete person.”
Henri Minion was only one of 5,169 students who graduated during Commencement 2010 Weekend, May 20-23.
Georgetown’s newest alumni represent 1,801 students from undergraduate programs and 3,368 graduate, law and medical scholars. They graduated from the university during nine commencement ceremonies held for individual schools, plus a separate ceremony at the School of Foreign Service in Doha, Qatar, on May 8.
“You’ve enhanced our mission, deepened our knowledge and extended our tradition in meaningful ways,” Georgetown President John J. DeGioia told graduates. “We celebrate your achievements and accomplishments, and we thank you.”
Katherine Barasch (B’10) said in her business school valedictory address that being women and men for others, part of Georgetown’s Jesuit tradition, means the Class of 2010 has responsibility to the wider community.
“These are the guiding principles by which Georgetown graduates have and will continue to become global leaders,” Barasch said.
Leaders Advise Graduates on Next Steps
Georgetown graduates heard from leaders and prominent thinkers during commencement ceremonies. Each offered students advice about their futures, be it entering the the workforce, continued education, volunteer service or the military.
NBA basketball legend and philanthropist Dikembe Mutombo (I’91) reminded Georgetown College graduates that “to whom much is given, much is required.”
“When you leave here today with the degree in your hand what are you going to do to make a difference in this world?” Mutombo asked. “You do not have to be famous, to build pyramids or be Nobel Prize winners – you can make a difference in your everyday life, with your family and your community.”
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf spoke to the Walsh School of Foreign Service graduates.
“You are the heirs to the social, economic and political structures around you,” she said, “but more importantly the fate of millions of people in the world rest on your decisions.”
(May 23, 2010)
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