4 p.m., Friday, May 17, 2013 Great Upper Church, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
The student procession for the Baccalaureate Mass will form at 3:30 p.m. in front of McMahon Hall and move promptly down "senior walk" at 3:40 p.m. Candidates for degrees will not genuflect in the aisle as they will be directed to their seats by ushers from the Division of Student Life. In case of inclement weather students proceed directly to Memorial Hall, lower level of the basilica, to form the procession. Students are asked to wear their academic gowns, without hoods.
It should be noted that the Baccalaureate Mass is typically close to standing room only, so parents and friends who plan to attend should take their seats as soon as possible after 2:30 p.m. No seating will be allowed in the Basilica for the Mass prior to 2:30 p.m. in order to accommodate those attending the Honors Convocation for Undergraduates.
All graduating students, and faculty and staff, are invited to be a part of the Commencement Choir and to sing at the Baccalaureate Mass.
If you wish to give thanks to God for the CUA years and our formative experiences here in our respective disciplines, for our friendships, our growth in faith, and to do so in the context of the Mass; if you’ve had memorable experiences singing in choirs, whether here at CUA, in the community, in high school or during academic studies elsewhere, we invite you to make music with us at this Mass of Thanksgiving. All of us, students, faculty and staff, gather to celebrate the happy conclusion of the academic year and to pray for all graduates receiving their degrees in 2013.
The University makes provision for students who sing in Commencement Choir to stay on campus during Senior Week. We will need to know if you plan to “sing and stay” immediately. If you are a student living on campus and not a senior, please send your name and student ID number to Lee Polites in the music school office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The three rehearsals have been scheduled so as not to conflict with university-wide activities. The music is beautiful and not difficult. As has become our tradition, we will be joined by members of the phenomenal Washington Symphonic Brass.
In John Paul Rehearsal Room, Ward Hall, Music School
Monday, May 13, 12-2 p.m.
Tuesday, May 14, 12-2 p.m.
Wednesday, May 15, 12-2 p.m.
Dress Rehearsal: The Great Upper Church of the Basilica
Thursday, May 16, 1-4 p.m.
Friday, May 17, The Great Upper Church of the Basilica
Eucharistic Liturgy at 4 p.m.; 3 p.m. rehearsal in Visitor Center, Crypt Level
Please bring a black three-ring binder and pencil to our first rehearsal on Monday, May 13, at noon in John Paul Rehearsal Hall, located on the second floor of Ward Hall.
Please indicate your desire to sing with Commencement Choir by sending your name and contact information to Hannah Levetzow at email@example.com.