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A Letter from the SCC

August 3, 2021

Dear Senior Hoya parents and family members,

Congratulations! Your student is about to begin their senior year at Georgetown. Though these past few months have been rife with uncertainty, we know that the Class of 2021 is resilient and ready to cap off their Georgetown experience. As we recall and celebrate the past few years filled with excitement, new challenges, important friendships, and learning both inside and outside the classroom, we know this year, while having adapted to the “new normal,” will be no different. We write to give you a preview of the months to come and share information about events for you and your student to assist you in planning for the year.

We serve as Student Chair of and University Advisor to the Senior Class Committee (SCC), which plans and hosts events throughout the year for senior parents, families, and students. Information will be sent to you periodically throughout the year, and updates can be found on the Senior Class Committee website at http://scc.georgetown.edu. To aid you in planning for the year, the following is a general outline of information and events that you can expect during your student’s senior year at Georgetown. Please note that, considering the current pandemic, plans are subject to change and all dates should be considered tentative.

Senior Parents & Family Engagement.  Should the situation allow, the Senior Class Committee will host the annual Senior Parents & Family Weekend the weekend of February 5-7, 2021, an opportunity for you to engage with the Georgetown community and enjoy events with your senior and the people who make our community special – faculty members, friends, and organizations that bring the campus to life. An invitation will be mailed to you in early November detailing the schedule. Should conditions necessitate a change of date, all senior parents and families will be notified. Additionally, the Senior Class Committee is currently planning virtual senior parent and family engagement events for the latter half of the fall semester. Information will be sent out as plans are finalized. These events are planned entirely by students on SCC; please direct any questions to seniorparentsweekend@georgetown.edu.

Senior Auctions. The Senior Class Committee hosts a variety of charitable events during the year to fundraise for the class’ graduation activities, such as Senior Ball, Senior Week, and other Senior-centric programming. All profits from Senior Auctions go directly into making these events more accessible for all seniors and ensuring that all seniors are able to participate fully in senior activities regardless of finances. As with Senior Parents & Family Engagement, we are adapting to uncertain conditions. Over the coming weeks, you can plan to receive information for our second annual online auction during the month of October as well as our live Senior Auction tentatively scheduled for February 6.

Graduation Weekend, Logistics, and Materials.  The Office of the Provost will send general information concerning graduation events to you and your student later in the fall semester. Ceremonies abound during the weekend, from the Tropaia Awards ceremony to commencement exercises.  All ceremonies are scheduled to take place from May 21-23, 2021, pending health and safety conditions. Visit the Georgetown University Commencement website for information about limited on-campus housing, visitor accommodations, and travel suggestions at http://commencement.georgetown.edu. Students will be able to purchase graduation announcements, class rings, diploma frames, caps and gowns later in the year.

Senior Week and Senior Ball.  The week preceding graduation is Senior Week, planned by the Senior Class Committee and filled with events and occasions for your student to celebrate, reflect upon, and savor their Georgetown experience.  The culmination of Senior Week is the Senior Ball, a gala event for the entire family held in Washington, DC.  In past years, more than six thousand people attended the Senior Ball; it is a once-in-a-lifetime event for your student. Start polishing your dancing shoes! More information about Senior Ball, including ticket ordering information, will be mailed to you in late March or early April. The ball will tentatively be held Friday, May 21, 2021.

Yearbook photos and orders.  Ye Doomesday Booke, the Georgetown University yearbook will be available for purchase online at www.jostensyearbooks.com. Pending health and safety recommendations, students may be able to sit for a portrait on campus later early in the Spring semester. With the purchase of a Yearbook, seniors can apply a discount to their portrait sittings. Your senior will receive an email with sign up instructions. Seniors may also submit a portrait through Google Docs (more information coming soon). The yearbook publisher will send you information directly about purchasing an ad to honor your senior at www.gradad.com.

Information about all the events for your Georgetown senior will be sent to the parent/family address listed in your student’s official university record.  If your student would like to add another parent or family member to the mailing record on file, they can make that request through the Student Access software program.  Only your student may request that change.

We hope this information will assist you in making your plans for the year.  Information is also available on the Senior Class Committee website at http://scc.georgetown.edu.  We are also happy to respond to any questions you may have; Aysha can be reached at aysha.dos@georgetown.edu and Winston can be reached at scc@georgetown.edu.

Again, congratulations on reaching the start of an important year for your Georgetown senior! We wish you the very best for a wonderful year.

Sincerely,

Winston Ardoin | SFS ’21 | Chair, Senior Class Committee

Aysha M. Dos | Director, Center for Student Engagement | Advisor to the Senior Class Committee