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Georgetown University Graduation Ceremonies in 1925

Congratulations to the Class of 2019. Now you’re ready for the rest of your lives! Take a little inspiration from this lovely historic photo showing your predecessors graduating in the late spring of 1925. Actually, I...

Georgetown University Dorm Life Circa 1913

This is from the Georgetown University archives showing a group of young men gathered in a dorm room in 1913.
Georgetown students in 1895

Photo of Georgetown College Students in 1895

How things stay the same. Check out the faces and expressions of these young men. These guys aren’t that different from these guys about 40 years later. Source: Georgetown University I wonder if the guy at right,...

The Greatest Commencement Addresses in Washington, DC, Ever

It’s that time of year, again. Commencement speakers address graduating college and university classes, and inevitably their speeches are ranked, assessed, complimented, and criticized. This year, both NPR and Vox.com have compiled the best commencement speeches ever....

Horse Thief Shoots at Georgetown University Stableman?

This is a bizarre piece that we found in The Washington Post from January 12th, 1900. Considerable excitement was aroused in the corridors of Georgetown University about 7:30 last night by the sound of a pistol shot...
Healy Hall in 1940

Healy Hall in Brick? … Nevermind

Is this right? We need your help. We’re doing a little pre-posting for the next week and came across this fascinating photo. It appears to be Healy Hall at Georgetown, but it looks like it’s completely...
Georgetown University 1918 Advertisement

Georgetown University Advertisement in 1918

Check this out. We dug this up in the Washington Times, printed on September 5th, 1918. Source: Library of Congress
Georgetown baseball game

Georgetown University Baseball Game (1911)

Who doesn’t love a good game of baseball? Here’s a great shot of a game being played on the Georgetown University grounds in 1900. Source: Georgetown University Library
Calvin Coolidge, President of the United States, presents an honorary degree to Governor William S. Flynn of Rhode Island at the Georgetown University commencement. Pictured, left to right: Pierce Butler, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court; President Coolidge; John B. Creeden, S.J., President of Georgetown University; Governor Flynn; Walter J. O'Connor, University Registrar; and Andrew L. Bouwhuis, S.J.

Photo of Georgetown University Commencement in 1924

Here’s a cool shot of the graduating class of 1924, taken from above. Source: Georgetown University Library And here’s President Coolidge presenting an honorary degree to Governor Flynn of Rhode Island. Source: Georgetown University Library
The Hall was named for Thomas Copley, S.J. (ca. 1595-1652). Among its many external decorations is a large Latin inscription on its middle gable which reads: 'Moribus Antiquis Res Stat Loyolaea Virisque.' This has been translated as: 'Loyola’s Fortune Still May Hope To Thrive, If Men and Mold Like Those of Old Survive.' The south gable bears the family crest of St. Ignatius Loyola who founded the Society of Jesus, the lily of the seal of the University of Paris where he was educated, and the seal of the Society of Jesus.

Georgetown’s Copley Hall in 1931

Here is a photo of the new Copley Hall in 1931. Source: Georgetown University Library
Members of Georgetown University’s track team, complete with running shoes, pose somewhat incongruously in front of the card catalog in Riggs Library

Sweet Georgetown Track Uniforms

Where can I get a sweet outfit like this? These polished gentlemen are not prisoners … they’re members of the Georgetown University track team in 1901. Source: Georgetown University Library

Classic 1937 Photo! Georgetown Student Gives the Middle Finger

I love this. Add some color, put it on Instagram or Facebook, and this happens today. Things never change. Source: Georgetown University Library
Georgetown University from observatory (Library of Congress)

Scandal: Georgetown Dean’s Assistant Arrested for Embezzlement

That might be a headline that tricks you (if you’re not a frequent GoDC reader), but this was a juicy article we came across in the Washington Post from August 16th, 1903, almost 110 years ago....
Georgetown University from observatory (Library of Congress)

Incredible Early 20th Century Photo of Georgetown University

This is an amazing old photograph with incredible detail. This was dug up in the Library of Congress archives.
Healy Hall at Georgetown University (source: The Bully Pulpit)

Prank Kills Georgetown Student

This is a tragic story we came across in the Washington Post, from November 19th, 1912. This is the story of prank gone horribly wrong at Georgetown University. Climbing out on a narrow ledge on the...
five Georgetown baseball players in 1928

Georgetown Hoya Baseball Five

What a great baseball moment, frozen in time. The photo shows five Georgetown baseball players in 1928.
Georgetown University advertisement - September 3rd, 1911 (Washington Times)

Georgetown University Tuition: $100

Are you getting ready to go back to school? Have you paid your tuition bill yet? In 1911, your tuition bill would have been $100 (not sure if that’s per semester or full year). Damn, that’s...
Georgetown University football team in 1927 (source: georgetown.edu)

Georgetown Football Victory Wins Bride for Student

That football bet story, uncovered in the last post, about Marjorie Morris is too good not to look into, and sure enough, there’s an article about it titled “Hilltop Football Victory Wins Bride for Student.” Below...