April 28, 2010
WASHINGTON - Former men's basketball standout Dikembe Mutombo was among a group of nine speakers slated for Georgetown University's 2010 commencement, announced on Tuesday.
Also speaking at the May 20-23 commencement exercises are CBS Face the Nation moderator Bob Schieffer, Republic of Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission chair Mary Schapiro, as well as parasitologist Dr. David Molyneux; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward P. Jones; Dr. Reed Tuckson, executive vice president of United Health Group; CEO Shelia C. Johnson; and British Supreme Court Justice and Baroness Brenda Hale. Gen. George Casey, Army chief of staff and himself a former Georgetown football player, will speak at the Reserve Office Training Corps (ROTC) Commissioning Ceremony.
Georgetown holds individual commencement ceremonies for each undergraduate and professional school after a series of awards ceremonies and celebrations on campus that begin with Senior Convocation on May 22.
Mutombo will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters.
"Our commencement speakers are exceptional individuals who represent a wide spectrum of backgrounds and perspectives," said Georgetown President John J. DeGioia. "They've devoted themselves to addressing critical issues around the world, and they represent the many opportunities that await our graduates."
Mutombo (SLL'91) played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association and has long made it a priority to improve the health, education and quality of life for the people of his native Congo. In 1997, he founded the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, dedicated to improving the health, education and quality of life for people in the republic. The foundation provides comprehensive health care at the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital, and promotes health care, disease prevention, health policy, health research and increased access to health care education.
Mutombo was the recipient of Georgetown's seventh annual John Thompson Legacy of a Dream Award in honor of his work to better the lives of others in February. His other awards include being named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and receiving the Ernie Davis Humanitarian Award, NAACP Phoenix Award and the U.S. President's Service Award.
A two-time All-BIG EAST selection, Mutombo averaged 15.2 points, 12.2 rebounds and 4.7 blocks as a senior in 1991, when he was named First Team All-BIG EAST and earned Third Team All-American honors. Mutombo was selected to Georgetown's "All Century Team" and still ranks among the all-time leaders in blocked shots (3rd, 354) and rebounds (12th,8.6 per game).