Georgetown McDonough Announces Commencement Speakers

May 09, 2013

The Ambassador of Brazil to the United States H.E. Mauro Vieira and United States Senator William M. Cowan (D-Massachusetts) will speak at the graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies for Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

Ambassador Vieira will address graduates of the MBA, Executive MBA, and Executive Master’s in Leadership programs on Friday, May 17, at 12:30 p.m. Senator Cowan will speak to graduates in the undergraduate business program on Saturday, May 18, at 6 p.m. Both ceremonies will take place on the Healy Lawn. The rain location is the McDonough Arena.

H.E. Mauro Vieira

H.E. Mauro Vieira is the Brazilian Ambassador to the United States. He arrived in Washington, D.C., on January 11, 2010, after serving as the Brazilian Ambassador to Argentina from 2004 to 2010. He has a bachelor’s degree in Law from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and graduated from the Brazilian diplomatic academy, the Rio Branco Institute, in 1974.

At the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations, he was coordinator for International Treaties, advisor to the Secretary General, assistant to the head of the Cultural Department, advisor to the Brazilian Minister of Foreign Relations, chief of staff to the Secretary General, and chief of staff to the Minister of Foreign Relations. From January 2003 to May 2006, he was the representative of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations to the Board of Directors of Binational Itaipu hydroelectric power plant.

He has worked at other Brazilian federal agencies, serving at the Ministry of Science and Technology as assistant secretary general of science and technology, and national secretary for the administration of the National Institute of Social Security in the Ministry of Social Security and Assistance.

Abroad, he served at the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, D.C. (1978-1982); the Brazilian Mission to the Latin American Integration Association (ALADI) in Montevideo (1982-1985); the Brazilian Embassy in Mexico City (1990-1992); the Brazilian Embassy in Paris (1995-1999); and the Brazilian Embassy in Buenos Aires (2004-2010).

William “Mo” M. Cowan

Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick appointed William “Mo” M. Cowan to serve as interim United States Senator through the June 25, 2013, special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State John F. Kerry. Immediately prior to his appointment to the United States Senate, Cowan served as senior advisor to Governor Patrick after completing his service as the Governor’s chief of staff.

As chief of Staff, Cowan was responsible for managing the Governor's Office, working with the members of the governor’s cabinet to advance the administration’s agenda and advising the governor in his efforts on behalf of the citizens and residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Cowan also served as the governor’s chief legal counsel.

Before joining the administration, Cowan practiced civil litigation as a partner in the law firm Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, PC, where he served as chair of the Anti-Money Laundering Compliance and Counseling practice group and worked closely with the White Collar Defense group.

Cowan is a graduate of Duke University and Northeastern University School of Law. 

Full Commencement Schedule

Friday, May 16, 2013
2 p.m. Senior Convocation, McDonough Arena

Friday, May 17, 2013
10 a.m. McDonough School of Business Tropaia Exercises, Gaston Hall
11 a.m. Tropaia Reception, Rafik B. Hariri Building
12:30 p.m. MBA, Executive MBA, and Executive Master's in Leadership Commencement, Healy Lawn (Rainsite: McDonough Arena)
1:45 p.m. MBA, Executive MBA, and Executive Master's in Leadership Commencement Reception, Rafik B. Hariri Building

Saturday, May 18, 2013
6 p.m. McDonough School of Business Undergraduate Commencement, Healy Lawn (Rainsite: McDonough Arena)
7:30 p.m. Undergraduate Commencement Reception, Rafik B. Hariri Building

Students, family, faculty, and friends can follow commencement activities online, including live webcasts, and find general information or information about how to share memories, pictures, and words of wisdom with the class of 2013 at

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