Saturday, May 17
Philip Rivers, Pro Bowl quarterback for the San Diego Chargers, delivered the Commencement Address and received an honorary degree. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, and Andrea Riccardi, founder of the Community of Sant'Egidio, also received honorary degrees during Commencement exercises.
Congratulations! Everyone at the University is excited to celebrate our students' graduation.
Commencement 2014 Links
Video of the Baccalaureate Mass will be available in a few weeks.
Commencement Speaker Philip Rivers
A devout Catholic, Philip Rivers combines a tough training and playing schedule with the practice of his faith and his family life.
Rivers attended North Carolina State University, where he started 51 straight games and completed a conference record 1,147 passes, with 95 touchdowns. In each of his four years, he led his team to a postseason bowl game, and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player each time. When he graduated from NC State in 2003, the University retired his number.
Rivers came to the Chargers in 2004 and has been the starting quarterback since 2006. He holds numerous team franchise records, has taken the Chargers to the playoffs five times, and has been honored with five Pro Bowl invitations. An all-out competitor, he played the entire 2007 AFC Championship game with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, which later required surgery.
Rivers finds time to attend Mass before every game. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Tiffany. They have seven children. He and his wife have been active in charity work that involves abandoned and orphaned children.
“In considering whom to invite as our Commencement speaker, the University is happy to find a role model who can inspire our graduates and deliver a message appropriate to this milestone in their lives,” said CUA President John Garvey. “Philip Rivers is just such a person. He is a great athlete and a fierce competitor. He is also someone who cares even more about his faith and his family than he does about football. We are delighted to have him as our 2014 Commencement speaker,” said Garvey.