Celebrating in Style: The 88th Diplomatic Ball Presented by SFS

Nearly 1,000 students, professors, SFS graduates and Washington-based diplomats attended the 2013 edition of the Diplomatic Ball—an SFS tradition since 1925.

The 88th annual event, held this year at the historic Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium near the National Mall, drew coverage from Washington Life magazine (click through for more photos!) and from The Hoya, which quoted one member of the faculty who sees great value in the event.

Visiting associate professor of Arabic and two-time attendee Terrence Potter will once again attend this year.

"I enjoy the company of students—talented, energetic, optimistic and intelligent people, who seek to be dedicated professionals in the future," Potter said.

Potter stressed the value of Dip Ball not only to students, but also to faculty members.

"Faculty can gain an appreciation for where students are coming from, including what preconceived notions they have, what expectations they have and how they will be fitting in," Potter said. "Of course, faculty can learn how difficult it may be to convey the reality of what service entails."

Read the full Hoya story.

To learn more about the Diplomatic Ball, visit the planning committee's official website.