Georgetown commencement speakers include Mutombo and Bob Schieffer

Georgetown University has just announced who its nine commencement speakers will be at this year’s graduation ceremonies. Here’s the full list:

  • Dikembe Mutombo, the NBA legend and ’91 Georgetown alum, will speak at the Georgetown College’s ceremony. “Mutombo … played 18 seasons in the NBA and has long made it a priority to improve the health, education and quality of life for the people his native Congo. In 1997, he founded the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, dedicated to improving the health, education and quality of life for people in the Republic.”
  • President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of the Republic of Liberia will be the speaker for School of Foreign Service Students. “Upon her election in 2005 she became Africa’s first female president …. Sirleaf is now entrusted with the challenging task of rebuilding a post-conflict nation. She continues to work toward reviving national hope and restoring Liberia’s international reputation and credibility.”
  • Shelia C. Johnson, the CEO of Salamander Hospitality and co-founder of Black Entertainment Television, will speak before graduating McDonough School of Business students. Johnson also has ownership in the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, the NBA’s Washington Wizards and the NHL’s Washington Capitals.
  • Dr. David Molyneux will speak before the School of Nursing and Health Studies. “Molyneux is renowned throughout the world for his steadfast service in championing the vulnerable, curing the afflicted and leading the fight against neglected tropical diseases …. [He] gained firsthand experience at the Nigerian Institute of Trypanosomiasis Research in the early 1970s, at a time when little attention was focused on the diseases that persist among the poorest and most vulnerable.”

Check out speakers for ROTC and Georgetown’s other schools after the jump!

  • Bob Schieffer will speak before the School of Continuing studies. Besides being the host of CBS’s Face the Nation, Schieffer is renowned for having covered “all four major beats in the nation’s capital,” the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, and Capitol Hill. “He has covered every presidential campaign and been a floor reporter at all of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions since 1972.”
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning Edward P. Jones, a D.C. native, will speak before the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. “He received the Pulitzer Prize for his  2003 work of historical fiction, The Known World. Other recognitions for the book include the National Book Critic’s Circle award, the Lannan Literary Award and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.”
  • Mary Schapiro is the speaker for graduates of Georgetown’s MBA program. “Schapiro, chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was appointed by President Barack Obama on Jan. 20, 2009, and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. She is the first woman to serve as the agency’s permanent chair. Prior to her current position, she was CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.”
  • The Georgetown Law speaker is the Right Honourable Baroness Brenda Hale. “Hale … is recognized around the world as a leader in law. In January 2004, she became the first woman to serve in the House of Lords as a “Lord of Appeal in Ordinary,” the equivalent of a U.S. Supreme Court justice. Last year, Hale and the other “Law Lords” officially became the “justices” of the new U.K. Supreme Court.”
  • General George Casey, the Chief of Staff for the Army, will be the speaker for the the May 21 ROTC Commissioning Ceremony. “Other guest speakers during the May 20 – 23 Commencement weekend include Jennifer Howitt Browning (SFS’05) who will speak during the May 20 Senior Convocation.”
  • Dr. Reed Tuckson will speak before the School of Medicine. “Tuckson is the executive vice president and chief of medical affairs at UnitedHealth Group and a graduate of Howard University, Georgetown’s School of Medicine, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s General Internal Medicine Residency and Fellowship Programs. In 2009, Tuckson was named to Black Enterprise magazine’s “100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America.”
  • “Commencement exercises will be held in Doha, Qatar on May 8, with Georgetown President John J. DeGioia delivering the commencement address.”

11 Comments on “Georgetown commencement speakers include Mutombo and Bob Schieffer

  1.  by  Will Sommer

    Winners: College (obviously), ROTC, SCS, Arts and Sciences Grads

    Losers: SFS (Sirleaf speaks here all the time)

    Sees our president more than we do: Qatar

  2.  by  gc

    I’d say Casey and Sirleaf are their only main “gets” if we can call them that. Hale looks like she could be interesting.

    Mutombo continues the tradition of recycling speakers that we get all the time here.

    Poor SFS-Q keeps getting screwed. A DeGioia speech is the last thing you want sending you off.

  3.  by  Pabs

    All around, I think it’s a solid group of speakers. Sounds good!

  4.  by  Hoya

    SFS-Q was told that DeGioia was there commencement speaker last year as well, and it actually wound up being Nancy Pelosi. Don’t take that one at face value.

  5.  by  Q-Hoya

    Hoya – Not true. Pelosi showed up at SFS-Q graduation because her husband is on the board. But she only gave a 2 minute congratulatory note, not a commencement speech.

  6.  by  E

    I think President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is a great choice for the SFS. I am not sure why Will would say that she speaks here all the time, as the only other time I think she spoke at Georgetown was in Fall 2006.

    It is also funny and good that Mary Schapiro is the MBA speaker as the SEC is investigating Goldman Sachs.

  7.  by  1992 Graduate

    To College Senior: you have it wrong; Dikembe’s signature call was not “who wants to sex Mutumbo” but “Who will sex Dikembe tonight?!” Those of us who witnessed the man with the booming voice as he walked out of New South on a Friday afternoon, wandering over to his Village A apartment, will never forget it. — C’92

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