Georgetown University President to Receive Honorary Doctorate at Special Academic Convocation

News Story: September 1, 2011
John J. DeGioia, Ph.D.

John J. DeGioia, Ph.D., the president of Georgetown University, will receive the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, during a special academic convocation on Wednesday, September 14, in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Sacred Heart University.
John J. Petillo, Ph.D., the president of Sacred Heart University, will confer the honorary degree on Dr. DeGioia, who has served as Georgetown’s president since July 2001.
In addition to the conferral by President Petillo, the presentation of the degree will include the reading of the citation by Georgetown alumna Stephane J. Kirven, J.D., assistant professor of Criminal Justice and vesting of the hood by James T. Morley Jr., University trustee.
Dr. DeGioia will address faculty members on Sacred Heart’s goals of continued growth and academic excellence. As the longtime leader of a national model of higher learning, Dr. DeGioa is uniquely qualified to offer advice and guidance.

Dr. DeGioia is credited with defining and strengthening Georgetown University as an institution for education and research. He is a 1979 graduate and has served as both a senior administrator and faculty member.
Under his leadership, Georgetown University has completed the largest fundraising effort in its history, and has also experienced the largest expansion ever of campus facilities. As president, Dr. DeGioia has helped to recruit intellectual leaders to the faculty and secured funding for scholarly research and academic programs.  He also has increased scholarship opportunities for students and strengthened the university’s commitment to a policy of need-blind admissions and meeting the full financial need of all admitted students.

Additionally, Dr. DeGioia has expanded opportunities for intercultural and interreligious dialogue, welcomed world leaders to campus, and convened international conferences to address pressing global issues.  Dr. DeGioia places special emphasis on sustaining and strengthening Georgetown's Catholic and Jesuit identity and its responsibility to serve as a voice and an instrument for justice.

Dr. DeGioia was raised in Orange, Conn. and Hanford, Calif. and lives in Washington, D.C. with his family.