Washington, DC – The 2011 commencement speaker for Georgetown University’s School of Nursing & Health Studies (NHS) will be John Howard, MD, JD, director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Howard will also receive the prestigious honorary degree, Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, at the commencement exercises on Saturday, May 21st, 2011.
In his current role, Howard has been a leading proponent of translating scientific research into practices, products and services that support workplace health. He is also the current coordinator of the World Trade Center Health Programs within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This year’s commencement will take place on Saturday, May 21st at 3:00 pm on the Healy Lawn located at 3700 O Street, NW, Washington, D.C. A rain site is scheduled for the Leavey Center Ballroom on the campus of Georgetown University.
The 2011 class has 208 students in the school's health care management & policy, human science, international health, and nursing programs who will receive bachelor of science degrees.
"We prepare the young men and women who pursue our degrees to be change agents within the health system – locally, nationally, and globally," said Julie DeLoia, interim dean at NHS. "I know they will all do great things. They already have made us proud."
Attendance is by invitation only. To view the ceremony live, please visit Georgetown University’s graduation coverage at: http://www.georgetown.edu/news/webcasts.html. For more information, please contact Tressa Kirby by email at Tk275@georgetown.edu or by phone at (202) 687-8865.
About the School of Nursing & Health Studies
Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies—a part of Georgetown University Medical Center—translates science into outcomes that benefit the public’s health. NHS lives its mission “to improve the health and well being of all people” through innovative educational and research programs. The school houses a multi-million dollar research portfolio and includes the Departments of Health Systems Administration, Human Science, International Health, and Nursing, as well as the Center on Health and Education and—in partnership with Georgetown University Law Center—the Linda and Timothy O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.
About Georgetown University Medical Center
Georgetown University Medical Center is an internationally recognized academic medical center with a three-part mission of research, teaching and patient care (through MedStar Health). GUMC’s mission is carried out with a strong emphasis on public service and a dedication to the Catholic, Jesuit principle of cura personalis -- or "care of the whole person." The Medical Center includes the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing & Health Studies, both nationally ranked; Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute; and the Biomedical Graduate Research Organization (BGRO), which accounts for the majority of externally funded research at GUMC including a Clinical Translation and Science Award from the National Institutes of Health. In fiscal year 2009-2010, GUMC accounted for nearly 80 percent of Georgetown University's extramural research funding.