The Catholic University of America

Commencement 2016

Commencement 2017

Commencement Exercises will take place Saturday, May 13, 2017 on the east steps of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  The academic procession will begin at 9:25am, and the ceremony will begin at 10:00am.

  The Baccalaureate Mass will be held in the Great Upper Church at the Shrine on Friday, May 12 at 4:00pm.
If you have interest in participating in the choir that will participate in the Baccalureate Mass, please click here for more information.

To download the Catholic University Guidebook app to your phone or tablet, click the icon below. This includes event times and locations for events during Commencement weekend.

See the Grad Fair highlight video below! 

Commencement Save the Date Mailer



2017 Commencement Speaker

Peggy Noonan

Peggy Noonan, a Wall Street Journal columnist, author, and former special assistant and speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan, will address the Class of 2017 at The Catholic University of America Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2017

Noonan, whose column, Declarations, has run weekly in The Wall Street Journal since 2000, is the author of nine books on American politics, history, and culture, including the political classic What I Saw at the Revolution and her recent collection The Time of Our Lives. She has written bestselling biographies of Pope Saint John Paul II and Ronald Reagan.  

“I am delighted that Peggy Noonan will deliver the commencement address to this year’s graduates,” said University President John Garvey. “She is someone who spent important time in Washington at another period of political transition. This contributed to her invaluable insight into today’s affairs. As a columnist she is distinguished in part by open mindedness and a sense of fair play, which are unusual things these days. I think that our students will be inspired by her writing and her career as a journalist.”

The University will also confer honorary degrees on Joanne Conway and William E. Conway Jr., benefactors of the William and Joanne Conway Nursing Scholars Program at Catholic University; Joseph Patrick Riley Jr., who served as the mayor of Charleston, S.C., from December 1975 to January 2016; and Mario Paredes, chief executive officer of Advocate Community Providers and a founder of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders.


Commencement Brochure link

Regalia, announcements, frames, etc. link

Campus map link