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Greta Van Susteren will be Georgetown Law's 2013 Commencement Speaker

Photo courtesy of Wikimeda CommonsThis year’s Georgetown Law Commencement Speaker is alumna and former Law Center professor Greta Van Susteren (L’79, LL.M. ‘82), according to an announcement published April 30, 2:19 p.m., on Van Susteren’s website. Van Susteren is known for her current role as a Fox News personality.

An excerpt from Van Susteren’s announcment is included below:

“Georgetown Law Center has invited me to be their 2013 Commencement speaker as well as the  recipient of an Honorary Degree (I have two law degrees from Georgetown — JD and LLM…but the Honorary degree is particularly fun!)  

So how long did it take for me to make up my mind  and accept?  oh…maybe 1 second (or even a 1/2 second?)  It is my alma mater and that’s always particularly fun. 

I loved Georgetown.  I had so much fun going to law school at G’town and it has shaped my career in so many ways.   I also spent years as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown — until the students got just too smart for me and I could not keep up with them.  

Yes, going to Georgetown was one of those ‘game changers’ in life.”  

Neither Georgetown University nor Georgetown Law administration has publicly confirmed Van Susteren’s status as Commencement Speaker or status as honorary degree recipient. As of May 1, 2013, the Office of Dean of Students and Dean’s Office have both declined to comment. The Georgetown Law Office of Student Life (OSL) also declined to comment, except to note that OSL “does not have a hand in choosing the [Commencement] speaker.”

In a blog post on May 1, Van Susteren noted: “[N]ow I just have to write a good speech! That feels like being back in school!”

Van Susteren currently hosts “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” airing weeknights at 10pm ET on Fox News Channel. Last year, Forbes Magazine ranked Van Susteren #94 on their annual “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” list. According to Forbes, Van Susteren is “currently the longest serving cable news anchor - male or female - on television,” and her program is the only primetime cable television show anchored in Washington, DC.

Van Susteren served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law from 1984 through 1999, an experience that later led her to call law school grading a “fraud,” noting that she gave most of her students A’s, as recorded in a Youtube video that has since been removed.

In 2010, the Georgetown Entertainment and Media Alliance (GEMA) awarded Van Susteren the annual GEMALaw Alumni Achievement Award, “given annually to a Law Center graduate who represents outstanding professional accomplishment and a long-standing commitment to sports, entertainment and media,” according to a Law Center press release.

Last year, Georgetown Law’s Commencement Speaker was Gay J. McDougall, former United Nations Independent Expert on Minority Issues and the Robert F. Drinan, S.J., Visiting Professor of Human Rights at Georgetown University Law Center. In 2011, the Law Center’s Commencement Speaker was Brendan V. Sullivan Jr. (C‘64, L‘67), a senior partner at Williams & Connolly LLP.


Is Greta Van Susteren a controversial choice for this year’s Commencement Speaker? We’d love to hear your comments—especially you, Class of 2013!


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Reader Comments (7)

This is a terrible choice. I no longer want to attend my own graduation.

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBOYCOTGRETA

Comment from her blog: "with all due respect, the majority of GULC 3Ls sincerely wish you would not be the commencement speaker. you are in your limelight everyday. but a law school graduation only comes once in a lifetime. please respect that. that day should be about the students, not you.

if you must, hold a survey and see how many graduating GULCers wish for another commencement speaker. that can be done very easily within the school - simply ask the dean.

please honor the wishes of the majority of graduating students and decline the invitation to be the commencement speaker. please don't make this about you. this should be about the students."

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHOYA 3L

She's going to get booed..........

May 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLLM '13

Can't imagine something even worse than $90 for renting the regalia. Yes, she is controversial, period.

May 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLLM Graduate

Hey, I am tired of hearing Liberals. Greta is great!

May 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCritt

Any news on her visits?

May 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

She was really shockingly bad. Nothing to do with her politics or personal beliefs. She's just a terrible public speaker. Her speech was half about her own accomplishments and what she's done in her life, and half ranting about how silly the bar exam is. Frankly, I think she should have just copied one of those "you are about to embark on an exciting journey of the rest of your life" boilerplate speeches that every high school valedictorian gives. It would have been better than listening to her talk for 20 minutes about how we shouldn't have to take the bar exam. It was just an awful speech, and she should stick to interviewing people who are more interesting than she is and reading from scripts written by people who are better writers than she is.

June 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

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