Fun Facts - NHS and Georgetown

What year was Georgetown University founded? 

1789.  It is the oldest Catholic, Jesuit university in the United States.

Who founded the university?

Archbishop John Carroll

When was the School of Nursing & Health Studies founded?


Does Georgetown have a Congressional charter?

Yes. On March 1, 1815, President James Madison signed a Congressional charter to establish Georgetown as a degree-conferring college.  The charter is read at the university's Commencement ceremonies.

Who is Georgetown's current president?

John J. DeGioia (2001-present)

Who is the school's current dean?

Patricia Cloonan (Dean, 2016-present; Interim Dean, 2014-2016)

What is a Hoya?

Many years ago, when all Georgetown students were required to study Greek and Latin, the university's teams were nicknamed "The Stonewalls." It is suggested that a student, using Greek and Latin terms, started the cheer "Hoya Saxa," which translates into "What Rocks." The name proved popular and the term "Hoyas" was eventually adopted for all Georgetown teams.

What is Georgetown's mascot?

Jack the Bulldog.  Georgetown University adopted the English bulldog as its mascot in 1962.  Visit Jack's Web site to learn more by clicking here.

What are Georgetown's school colors?

Blue and gray

Why those colors?

Georgetown adopted its official colors of blue and gray following the Civil War, symbolizing the union of the north and south.

Who funded the original Georgetown University seal?

It is believed that the original Georgetown University seal was financed by a gift in 1798 from Justane Douat.  She was a nurse who cared for students on campus.

What is the NHS mission statement?

"Advancing the health and well-being of individuals and communities." To read more about the school's Mission, Vision, and Values, click here.

When did First Lady Laura Bush receive an honorary degree?

First Lady Laura Bush received an honorary degree at the School of Nursing & Health Studies Commencement on May 17, 2003.

Who have been some of the school's high-profile guests?

Richard Childs, David Shulkin, James Shelton, Susan Hassmiller, Monsignor John Enzler, Camara Jones, Beverly Malone, Robert McDonald, Mary Wakefield, Sister Carol Keehan, Dorothea Orem, Daniel K. Inouye, Paul O'Neill, David Satcher, Carolyn Clancy, Nancy Davidson, Michael Leavitt, Patricia Benner, Maria Gomez (NHS'77), Arne Duncan, Linda Birnbaum, Kathleen Sebelius, Diana Mason, Christine Candio, Eric Goosby, Frank Torti, Elena Rios, Fran Drescher, Laurie Garrett, Rochelle Rollins, Tommy Thompson, Patricia Grady (NHS'66), Anthony Fauci, Eric D. Green, Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, Alan Leshner, Christine Grady (NHS'74, G'93), and Sister Mary Rose McGeady, DC

Where is NHS located?

St. Mary's Hall

When was St. Mary's Hall opened?


When was St. Mary's Hall renovated?


Who is GUS?

The Georgetown University Simulator - known affectionately as GUS around St. Mary's Hall - is a high-fidelity patient simulator that resides in the school's O'Neill Family Foundation Clinical Simulation Center.  GUS is joined by adult simulator Stan, maternal simulator Noelle and pediatric simulators Neo Nate and Pete E. Atrick.