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Georgetown University to Hold Online Ceremony for Graduates

May 3, 2020

Georgetown University will be honoring its class of 2020 virtually. The online ceremonies will take place on May 16 for all the schools, except for the medical school, which will hold its online ceremony on May 17.


The university said that it will come together online to celebrate its graduates with a commencement after consulting with students and colleagues, reversing course on an earlier decision not to.


“While we will gather in celebration in-person at a future moment, this ceremony will mark an important milestone, as our students transition from students to alumni,” a statement from the university said.


Deans will send out additional information to students, and the registrar will send information about diplomas.


The university said a website will be launched on May 11 that will have videos, messages and stories that celebrate the students.


University President John J. DeGioia expressed his gratitude to the school community for their creativity and flexibility.


“We are especially grateful to our graduating class, for your resilience in completing your course of study,” DeGioia said in a statement.

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Georgetown BID Partners with Halcyon for Employee Relief

April 20, 2020

The Georgetown BID Employee Emergency Relief Grant program assists employees in our commercial district who have lost their jobs as a result of the coronavirus crisis and need money to pay for rent, food, medical bills, or other emergency costs. 


The Georgetown BID has funded the first $150,000, which they are in the process of awarding to an initial group of applicants. Hundreds more have applied and are still in need - and that's where you come in!


The BID is partnering with Halcyon, a nonprofit based in Georgetown, to launch a donation campaign to further fund the Georgetown BID Employee Emergency Relief Grant. 


To learn more and donate, visit 


Donations will be made tax-deductible through Halcyon's 501(c)(3) status, and 100% of funds will be distributed to those in need.

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Apply Now: GMS Emergency Bridge-the-Gap Grant

April 13, 2020

Georgetown Main Street recognizes the need for an immediate cash infusion for the small businesses along the corridor during the COVID-19 crisis. The GMS Board has approved $40,000 for this emergency relief fund.


The online application goes live on Monday, April 13 at 10:00 am and closes on Wednesday April 15 at 6:00 pm. Grant recipients will be notified Thursday, April 16. Checks will be mailed by Friday, April 17. 


Eligibility Requirements:

For-Profit and Non-Profit consumer-facing small retail businesses within the Georgetown Main Street corridor are invited to apply. (This category includes restaurants, cafes, salons, etc.) To determine whether your small business falls within the corridor, enter your address here.


Ineligible Businesses:

  • Franchises or business with multiple locations
  • Auto and auto body repair or sales
  • Banks
  • Home-based business
  • Hotel
  • Government entities
  • Businesses less than 1 year in operation

Download the GMS Emergency Bridge-The-Gap one-pager here.

If you have questions about the eligibility of your business or about the application, please contact

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