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About John Carroll Weekend Austin

This April, Georgetown welcomed alumni, family, and friends of the university for a weekend of social, cultural, and intellectual engagement at John Carroll Weekend Austin 2017. A trademark celebration of the Georgetown University Alumni Association, this exciting annual event has brought together the Hoya community since 1952. During four days of specially curated events and excursions, we experienced Austin’s most prestigious venues and historic landmarks and engaged with fellow Hoyas in the Live Music Capital of the World.

John Carroll Weekend provided an opportunity to experience the thrills of Austin as members of the Georgetown community from around the world converged in this center of technology, art, music, and business.

Since 1952, John Carroll Weekend has assembled the global Georgetown community along with alumni, parents and friends to celebrate the best of Georgetown in a different city each year. The weekend of educational, social and cultural events offers participants the chance to learn more about the host city while engaging with one another and with Georgetown's outstanding faculty and university leaders.




Relive the best moments in Austin with these select videos featuring the best of the city and highlights from John Carroll Weekend.

Signature Events

Three renowned Austin venues have been selected for this year's signature events.

President’s Welcome Reception

Thursday, April 20

The Austin adventure kicks off with an evening reception at the Driskill Hotel. Built in 1886 as the showplace of a cattle baron, The Driskill is regarded as a landmark of legendary Texas hospitality. President John J. DeGioia will welcome members of the Georgetown community to celebrate and reconnect amongst a unique blend of contemporary and historical artwork. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with fellow Hoyas at one of the world’s finest hotels in the center of downtown Austin.

Reception at Bullock Texas State History Museum

Friday, April 21

Grab your best jeans and pull on your boots for a casual, Texas-style party at Bullock Texas State History Museum. The beautiful, mosaic-tiled entryway will captivate guests, while the open layout paves the way for a fascinating introduction to Texas’ intriguing narrative. Reconnect with classmates and make new Hoya friends as you enjoy cocktails amidst relics that span centuries and view film and interactive media experiences that represent Texas’ distinctive history.

Awards Reception and Banquet at Long Center for the Performing Arts

Saturday, April 22

The highlight of the weekend will be the John Carroll Awards Banquet, a black tie gala that will take place at the acclaimed Long Center, a mecca of performing arts. Enjoy a magnificent meal and unmatched views of the Austin skyline on the iconic City Terrace. After dinner, the Alumni Association will present its highest honor to six alumni and one friend of the university in recognition of their dedication to Georgetown’s mission of service and leadership.

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Each John Carroll Weekend culminates with a banquet celebrating the John Carroll and Patrick Healy Award recipients. These awards are conferred upon alumni whose achievements and records of service exemplify the ideals and traditions of Georgetown and it's founder.

The John Carroll Award

The Georgetown University Alumni Association established the John Carroll Award in 1952 to honor alumni whose achievements exemplify the ideals and traditions of Georgetown University and its founder, Archbishop John Carroll. The John Carroll Award is the highest honor bestowed by the GUAA.

2017 John Carroll Awardees

Dr. Anthony Arend (F’80) - Washington, D.C.
Maureen Rutter Brown (C’81, Parent'14) - Jackson, Wyo.
Mary Beth Connell (M’89, Parent'17) - Bethesda, Md.
Albert del Castillo Sr. (C’79, L’82, Parent'10,'10,'18) - Miami Lakes, Fla.
Gail Gillis-Louis (C’75) - Washington, D.C.
John Reagan (B’84) - Dallas, Texas

2017 Patrick Healy Awardee

Dean Chester Gillis (Parent'08) - Washington, D.C.

Nomination Process

All alumni have the opportunity to nominate their fellow Hoyas for the John Carroll and Patrick Healy Awards. These nominations are reviewed by the Awards Committee of the GUAA Board of Governors.

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