Social Justice Send-Off

The Social Justice Send-Off is an annual commencement event that celebrates students who have engaged in social justice work and public/community service work during their time at Georgetown. It also recognizes students who plan to pursue social justice work and public/community service after graduation. Family, friends, faculty, staff and community partners are invited to celebrate graduates’ contributions to Georgetown and the larger community.

The Send-Off was Friday, May, 20 at 10:00AM ET in the ICC Auditorium. The Ceremony will be followed by a reception in the tent on the Leavey Student Center Esplanade. All graduates are invited to participate; graduates’ families and friends and University community members are welcome to attend.

The hallmark of the Send-Off has always been our Hoya graduates sharing from the mic on the ICC auditorium stage about their social justice commitments and their post-graduate plans (if they wish); in 2020 and 2021, graduates’ voices were shared via a virtual event and Google SlideDeck.

This year, the Registration Form asks if you will participate on stage (in-person) AND/OR via submitting answers to questions for a slide in the shared SlideDeck presentation (available online), which will be featured during the Send-Off reception and on the CSJ and partner webpages and University social media.

Please sign up to participate by Thursday, May 19, 2022.

The keynote speaker of the Send-Off is the University’s John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Awardee, Mr. Khari Brown, CEO of Capital Partners for Education. Mr. Brown will be introduced by Henry James (COL’22). Rev. TauVaughn Toney will offer the invocation; Rabbi Rachel Gartner will offer the closing blessing.

The ceremony and reception are collaboratively planned and hosted by the Center for Social Justice, Research, Teaching & Service; the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor; the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access; the Office of Mission and Ministry; Initiative for Catholic Social Thought and Public Life; Cawley Career Education Center; Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, & World Affairs; and Government Relations and Community Engagement (GRACE) in the Office of the President. Please contact with any questions.

Previous Social Justice Send-Off Keynote Speakers

Khari Brown
CEO, Capital Partners for Education

2021 (virtual)
Christopher Bradshaw
Executive Director, Dreaming Out Loud

2020 (virtual)
Sandra Jackson
Executive Director, House of Ruth

Hawah Kasat
Founder and Executive Director, One Common Unity

Steve Park
Executive Director, Little Lights Urban Ministries

Abel Núñez
Executive Director, Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)

Nakeisha Neal Jones (G’02)
Executive Director, DC Public Allies

George Jones
Chief Executive Director, Bread for the City

Lecester Johnson
Chief Executive Officer, Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School

Mary Brown
Founder and former Executive Director, Life Pieces to Materpieces