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View of Georgetown campus from the Virginia side of the Potomac

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Georgetown University Timeline

A timeline of significant events in the history of Georgetown University

2010 Onward


Social distancing sign in the Library, March 2020  Library sign, March 18, 2020




Carol Lancaster becomes the first woman Dean of the Foreign Service School

Steers Center for Global Real Estate is founded

Three students are arrested in connection with a drug-lab in a Harbin Hall dorm room on October 23




David A. Thomas is named Dean of the McDonough Business School. In 2018, he takes office as the 12th president of Morehouse College

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales,  delivers the keynote address at the  Future of Food international conference an on campus on May 4

Online Master’s in Nursing Program begins

5.8 magnitude earthquake centered on Louisa County Virginia, disrupts orientation events and forces the evacuation of campus buildings on August 23




Global Business Initiative is founded

School of Continuing Studies signs a lease agreement on July 19 for a new space at 7th Street and Massachusetts Avenue, near Chinatown

Regents Hall officially opens on October 4

University announces on December 9 that it has accepted an invitation to join edX, the online education nonprofit founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Men’s soccer team reaches the NCAA National Finals in December 




Regents Hall receives LEED Gold certification for its green spaces and sustainable features in April

President Barack Obama makes a major speech on climate change on the steps of Old North on June 25

Foundation exercises for Georgetown’s newest school, the McCourt School, are held in the Quadrangle on October 8. The school is named for Frank H. McCourt, Jr. (C’1975), whose gift of $100 million endowed it




Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation, made possible by a $10 million gift from Alberto (P’15, P’17) and Olga María Beeck (F’81, P’15, P’17), is launched on February 11 

University announces that its soon to be built intercollegiate athletics center will be named the John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Center on March 4

Master of Science in Finance is launched




Georgetown Women’s Alliance is founded in February

Booth Family Center for Special Collections in Lauinger Library officially opens on March 23

President John J. DeGioia charges a Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation, made up of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and members of the Jesuit Community to provide advice and recommendations on how best to acknowledge and recognize Georgetown’s historical relationship with the institution of slavery in September

Pope Francis celebrates his first U.S. Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on September 23. Georgetown lends a 17th century iron cross for the occasion

University announces that it has received one of the largest gifts in its history on October 6. The $50 million from Peter and Susan Cooper of Newport Beach, California, parents of five GU graduates, is to support an innovative leadership program for students engaged in intercollegiate athletics and to enhance the Multi-Sport Field

Georgetown co-hosts the State Department's climate change and clean energy forum on October 20-21

Students with a number of demands about racial justice, including changing the names of  Mulledy and McSherry Halls, begin a sit-in outside the President’s Office on November 13

President DeGioia announces that Mulledy and McSherry Halls will be renamed after meeting with student activists and receiving a recommendation from the Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation about  interim names on November 14




University announces on February 24 that the Center for Jewish Civilization has received a gift of $10 million from philanthropists Norman and Irma Braman to endow a program on the forensic study of the Holocaust

Georgetown University Archives celebrates its 200th anniversary on  April 21

Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation submits its report to President DeGioia in the summer

Georgetown announces that its newest student residence will be named for Father Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Father General of the Society of Jesus.  Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Hall opens in the fall

University announces on November 22 that the Georgetown McDonough School of Business has received a generous $7.3 million gift from Joseph Patrick Baratta II (B’93) and Abigail Williams Baratta (F’96) to establish the Baratta Endowed Global Business Education Fund and the Baratta Endowed Chair in Global Business

DC Zoning Commission unanimously approves the University’s 20-year Campus Plan on December 1




Smithsonian African American Museum’s founding director Lonnie Bunch receives an honorary degree in January 

Rev. Timothy Kesicki, president of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, formally apologizes to the descendants of the 272 slaves sold in 1838 in the “Liturgy of Remembrance, Contrition, and Hope” in Gaston Hall on April 18. After the liturgy,Freedom Hall and and Remembrance Hall are rededicated as Isaac Hawkins Hall and Anne Marie Becraft Hall 

Georgetown names Patrick Ewing (C'85) as new head men's basketball coach on April 3. Ewing returns to Georgetown after serving for 15 years as an assistant coach in the NBA

Georgetown joins a group of 30 colleges and universities on March 31 in filing an amicus brief outlining the impact of the recent Executive Order baring entry into the United States of individuals from six Muslim-majority countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) for 90 days

Global Health Initiative (GHI) is formally launched 

Paul Almeida is named Dean of McDonough Business School

Georgetown and Origis Energy USA announce a power purchase agreement to develop a 32.5-megawatt offsite solar power system, which will provide almost 50 percent of campus electricity needs, September 18




Task Force on Gender Equity is set up in March

Former Village C Terrace, across Old North Way between Dahlgren Chapel and Village C, is renamed in honor of Father Martin J. O'Gara who left the Georgetown faculty in 1943 to become a chaplain in the Air Transport Command. He was returning to the U.S. to be discharged in 1945 when his plane caught fire. Instead of leaping to safety, he gave his parachute to a fellow serviceman and helped seven other passengers escape before the plane crashed with him still on board. 

Gen. (Ret.) George W Casey Jr (F’70) speaks at the University’s Veterans Day Ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I 

Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus releases a report on December 17 identifying Jesuits from the Province or who served in the Province who have been credibly accused of the sexual abuse of minors since 1950; four individuals named in the report spent time at Georgetown




Three of Georgetown’s famous alumni comedians – Jim Gaffigan (B’1988), Mike Birbiglia (C’2000) and John Mulaney (C’2004) – raise $1 million during a sold-out performance on January 16 to support first-generation college students through the Georgetown Scholars Program

University announces on February 13 that it has received a $20 million gift from Patricia and Jon M. Baker (C’64) to establish the Baker Trust for Transformational Learning

University announces on February 19 that it is rescinding  the 2004 honorary degree awarded to Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, after he is dismissed from the priesthood in the wake of numerous substantiated claims of  abuse

A $55 million grant from the Open Philanthropy Project creates the Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), to be housed at Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service The largest U.S. center focused on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and policy, CSET is to produce analysis of the national security implications of emerging technologies

Allegations surface in March that former tennis coach Gordon Ernst was a participant in a fraudulent scheme to propose prospective students as athletic recruits and thereby increase their chances of admission 

Georgetown and Google Cloud sign a multiyear agreement on April 4 to partner on a variety of research, teaching and learning initiatives and migrate the university’s on-site data storage

Students vote in favor of a new fee to establish a reconciliation fund to benefit the descendants in an April referendum 

Rosemary Kilkenny (L’87, P’06) assumes the position of Georgetown’s first Vice President, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer on April 25

University announces on May 30 that it has received a $10 million gift from the Penner Family Foundation, led by Carrie Walton Penner (C’92) and Gregory Boyd Penner (F’92), to strengthen Georgetown’s commitment to financial aid and to experiential learning opportunities for students

Foreign Service School celebrates its 100th anniversary. Among anniversary projects is an exhibition on this school’s history which opens on the 5th floor of Lauinger Library on September 23

University announces a new reconciliation initiative on October 29 to support community-based projects with descendant communities and does not enact the new student fee voted on by students in april

Men’s soccer team wins its First NCAA Championship in December

Georgetown’s Prison Scholars Program at the DC Jail, the only co-educational prison program in the country, receives a $1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, December 19




Board of Directors adopts a policy on fossil fuel investments on February 6. Under it, the university will continue to make investments that target a market rate of return in renewable energy, energy efficiency and related areas while freezing new endowment investments in companies/ funds whose primary business is the exploration/ extraction of fossil fuels and will divest from public securities of fossil fuel companies

Black Survivors Coalition launches a #GeorgetownDoesntCare campaign to ask for better support of Black women and nonbinary survivors of sexual assault on campus on February 21. A sit-in at Healy Hall led by the Black Survivors Coalition begins on February 24

University announces a new graduate certificate in gender, peace and security on March 5

University announces on March 11 that it is  moving to a virtual learning environment as of Monday, March 16, due to the coronavirus pandemic

Members of Georgetown University’s graduate student union ratify the union’s first contract with the university on May 8, after months of negotiation

Virtual celebration of the Class of 2020 is  held on May 16, after the 2020 commencement is postponed to a time in which we can safely convene as a community

College Hosts Virtual Teach-In, From COVID to Minneapolis: Structural Racism in America on June 4

University announces on June 18 that Juneteenth will become an annual holiday


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