- Libraries & Spaces
We are currently installing new doors in the stairwell in Lauinger Library. During this time, visitors will not be able to use landings that are under construction, either to enter that floor or pass through en route to another. We encourage visitors to use the elevators, although the stairwell may still be used to access floors that are not under construction. Landings under construction should only be used in the case of an emergency.
When the College of the Holy Cross opened in 1843, it was unable to secure a charter from Massachusetts because of its exclusively Catholic enrollment. A charter was finally granted in 1865, but in the interim Georgetown conferred degrees on Holy Cross graduates. Interestingly, our 29th President, Patrick F. Healy, S.J., graduated from Holy Cross in 1850 while the institution was without a charter. Fr. Healy is known as the first African American to earn a Ph.D. (in Europe) and the first to head a predominantly white university. Technically, it appears that he can also lay claim to being the first African American to receive a degree from Georgetown.