Class of 2009 Celebrates Commencements May 15 and 16
Undergraduate students received their Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degrees in McDonough Arena May 16.
The celebratory mood was high among the graduates of Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business at their commencements May 15 and 16. On Friday, May 15, 345 graduate students received Master of Business Administration degrees on Healy Lawn. The next day, 324 seniors received Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degrees in McDonough Arena.
During Friday's ceremony, Ana Palacio, a former member of the Spanish parliament who currently serves as senior executive vice president, foreign relations, and member of the AREVA executive committee, delivered the commencement address and received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters, Honoris Causa from the university.
In her remarks, Palacio congratulated the students for being among the best in their fields and encouraged them to accept the privileges and responsibilities that come with a Georgetown education. "Whatever your destination, you will be confronted with situations in which you will have to defend ethical and moral principles," she said. She told the graduates that their education, which she likened to "a compass and a refuge, [that] will open up endless worlds of humanity," has equipped them to succeed.
In speaking to the undergraduate students on Saturday, Inter-American Development Bank President Luis Alberto Moreno, who previously served as Colombia's Ambassador to the United States, alluded to the challenges the graduates will face in a rapidly changing, multipolar world.
"Your first steps into the real world, those first jobs, make such a lasting impression on the path that will be the rest of your life that you should take every challenge, every seemingly irrational pay, every unconventional job, for it too will make sense in the end," he said. "Just like your first steps toward Georgetown were composed of many small tiny choices, you have all made it to this big day."
Moreno also advised, "You cannot foresee how you will grow and what opportunities will come your way. I appreciate the impulse to be prepared and plan for the future, but always leave room for improvisation and serendipity. Be open to reinvention and unexpected opportunities. Let life surprise you at times, and don't always stay in your comfort zone."
Prior to delivering his remarks, Moreno received an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa from the university.