ISD celebrated its first 40 years with a gala dinner at the State Department on September 20, 2018. Over 200 guests attended, including ISD board members, senior State Department officials, visiting leaders from the International Forum for Diplomatic Training (IFDT), current and former ISD associates and fellows, Georgetown University faculty and students – including ISD Certificate in Diplomatic Studies candidates – and newly sworn-in junior Foreign Service officers. The formal dinner in the Benjamin Franklin room was proceeded by a reception on the 8th floor balcony and tours of the State Department Reception Rooms. Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan delivered the keynote address, with an introduction and welcome from ISD Board Chair Thomas Pickering.
Earlier that week, ISD celebrated this milestone on campus with a reception in the Riggs Library for ISD and the IFDT group. SFS Dean Joel Hellman recognized the role of Dean Emeritus Peter F. Krogh in the establishment of both ISD and IFDT, as well as the work of Dean Robert L. Gallucci and former ISD Director Hans Binnendijk in sustaining these organizations in the decades that followed.