Georgetown Announces Graduation Speakers for the Class of 2022 and 2020

The 71st US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Timothy Shriver, chairman of the Special Olympics, and Sr. Norma Pimentel, a social justice leader and one of TIME Magazine’s most influential people, are among those scheduled to speak at commencement from May 19-29.

Georgetown will hold individual graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2022 for each of the undergraduate and professional schools as well as award celebrations on campus. The university is also hosting commencement ceremonies to celebrate the Class of 2020 and provide an opportunity for graduates to reconnect after the COVID-19 pandemic delayed their traditional commencement ceremony. Ceremonies will be held for both undergraduate and graduate students.

The events begin with senior convocation and the McCourt School of Public Policy commencement ceremony on May 19 and end with the baccalaureate Mass for the Class of 2020 on May 29.

“We are honored to have this distinguished group of speakers addressing our Class of 2022 and Class of 2020 at our Commencement ceremonies this year,” says Georgetown President John J. DeGioia. “Each has demonstrated a commitment to excellence, service and justice in our world and we look forward to engaging their perspectives and experiences as we honor our graduates and welcome our Class of 2020 back to campus.”

Students, family, faculty, alumni and friends can follow commencement activities online, including live webcasts. Visit the 2022 Commencement website and the 2020 Commencement website for information about how to share memories, pictures and words of wisdom with these graduating seniors and alumni.

Commencement Speakers, Honorary Degree Recipients

Cecilia Muñoz
Senior Advisor at New America
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
McCourt School of Public Policy
Thursday, May 19, Healy Lawn, 5:30 pm
Watch the McCourt School webcast

Robert Bullard
Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
Graduate School Commencement
Friday, May 20, Healy Lawn, 9:00 am
Watch the Graduate School webcast

Shaun Harper
Provost Professor of Education and Business and Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership of the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business; Executive Director of the USC Race and Equity Center
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
School of Continuing Studies (SCS)
Friday, May 20, Healy Lawn, 12 pm
Watch the SCS webcast

Mohammed Dewji (B’98)
President, MeTL Group; Founder and Trustee of the Mo Dewji Foundation; Board Member of the McDonough School of Business
McDonough School of Business (MSB)
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
Friday, May 20, Healy Lawn, 3 pm
Watch the MSB webcast

Timothy Shriver
Chairman of the Special Olympics
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
Georgetown College
Saturday, May 21, Healy Lawn, 9:00 am
Watch the Georgetown College webcast

Mr. Norma Pimentel
Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
School of Nursing & Health Studies (NHS)
Saturday, May 21, Healy Lawn, 2 pm
Watch the NHS webcast

Antony Blinken
US Secretary of State
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters
Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Saturday, May 21, Healy Lawn, 5 pm
Watch the SFS webcast

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