Georgetown University to Fully Open This Fall


In a letter posted on the Georgetown University website, GU President John DeGioia announced plans to fully reopen the university for the fall 2021 semester.

DeGioia wrote that the school anticipates conditions will be in place to bring back the full university community come autumn. There are plans for a gradual return this summer, which DeGioia hopes will lead to the eventual restoration of regular on-campus life.

“Our decisions continue to be informed by national and local public health guidelines and the current state of the pandemic,” DeGioia wrote. “Our plans, which are subject to review by the D.C. government, may need to be updated should the trajectory of the pandemic or these guidelines change. We will share additional updates about our plans in the coming weeks.”

DeGioia acknowledged that the news of getting back to normal in the fall is bittersweet for the current class of 2021. He hopes that, post-pandemic, the community can welcome the class back to Georgetown for a celebration. The university intends to invite the classes of 2020 and 2021 to next year’s commencement.

This year’s commencement is expected to be entirely virtual, with a two-part ceremony. The first part will be a university-wide degree conferral on Sunday, May 23, at noon. School-specific name recognitions will immediately follow. Those ceremonies are expected to last an hour to an hour and a half, depending on the size of the school. Various other award ceremonies will occur virtually in the days leading up to commencement, beginning on May 14.

The complete commencement schedule can be found HERE.

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