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GU-Qatar Class of 2020, 2021 Honored

Georgetown University in Qatar’s (GU-Q) Class of 2020 and 2021 celebrated commencement following two years of postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

GU-Q Dean Clyde Wilcox officiated the event May 11 as part of the school’s “Celebration of Graduates” ceremony at the Regency Katara Halls in Doha. 57 graduates of the Class of 2020 and 74 graduates of the Class of 2021 joined together for in-person festivities honoring their graduations. Georgetown University President Georgetown John J. DeGioia (CAS ’79, GRD ’95) also attended and spoke at the ceremony.

Wilcox said prioritizing student input was essential for planning a ceremony that best honored the graduates.

“The graduating classes of 2020 and 2021 missed out on many things, including a graduation ceremony,” Wilcox wrote to The Hoya. “When we contacted the alumni and asked what kind of event they would like to have now that COVID protocols permitted — a celebration of graduations that was very much like an ordinary graduation, or some kind of other event, the vote was very strongly in favor of a graduation type event.”

The ceremony allowed students to reunite with peers and faculty they had not seen since March 2020 and to receive official acknowledgement of their graduation, according to Wilcox.

“It was a lovely ceremony and the students were very happy to participate. I was able to see many of my former students and meet their parents,” Wilcox wrote. “Of course, many students who had gone home to other countries did not return, but we had a high turnout overall.”