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Commencement: Saturday, May 16, 2015

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Mary Higgins Clark delivered the Commencement address at the 126th Commencement Ceremony on May 16.

Known as "The Queen of Suspense," Higgins Clark has written 42 books, most of which have become bestsellers in the United States and Europe. Her novels feature strong, independent young women who find themselves in the midst of problems they must solve with their own courage and intelligence.

Among other accolades, she received the Horatio Alger Award in 1997 and the Passionists' Ethics in Literature Award in 2002. She has been awarded 18 honorary doctorates, including one from her alma mater, Fordham University.

Honorary degrees also were conferred at the main Commencement exercises on author-scholar Michael Novak as well as Francisco José Gómez de Argüello y Wirtz and Maria Carmen Hernández Barrera, co-initiators of the Neocatechumenal Way, a Catholic movement.




 2015 Commencement Speaker Mary Higgins Clark

Higgens Clark

Mary Higgins Clark, best-selling author and suspense novelist, addressed the Class of 2015 at the 126th Annual Commencement Ceremony of The Catholic University of America on May 16, 2015.

Her devotion to her Catholic faith has been widely recognized. In the highest honor that can be offered to a layperson by the pope, Higgins Clark was made a Dame of the Order of St. Gregory the Great.

“She is a prolific author whose suspense novels have entertained and educated millions of readers over four decades," said University President John Garvey. Her personal story of faith, perseverance, and creativity in the face of great challenge is a fitting one for our graduates to ponder as they set out to pursue their vocations and make their fortunes in the world.”