May 25, 2023
Students can take part in Memorial Day activities at the U.S. Capitol. (Catholic University/Denny Henry)

Opportunities abound during the summer at The Catholic University of America. Students can engage with on and off-campus activities that connect them with one-of-a-kind experiences in the nation’s capital. Here’s a guide to summer success.

Mark Memorial Day: The University will be closed Monday, May 29 to mark the holiday. Major local activities include:

  • The National Memorial Day Concert on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol on May 28 at 8 p.m.
  • The National Memorial Day Parade on Constitution Avenue on May 29 at 2 p.m.
St. Vincent's Chapel is home to Sunday Mass on campus this summer. (Catholic University/Patrick G. Ryan)

Worship opportunities: The Mass schedule on campus includes:

  • Monday through Friday at 12:05 p.m. in St. Michael Chapel in Maloney Hall.
  • Sundays: 11 a.m. in St. Vincent Chapel.

Get extra credit: Most summer courses last just 5 or 6 weeks to earn credits and many have a virtual learning option. Learn more about summer courses at the University.

Catholic University students have sung the national anthem at Washington Nationals games through the years. (Catholic University/ Amanda Bowen)

A night at the pitch or park: The Nationals are in a rebuilding phase four years after winning the World Series. The Nationals offer good seats and student discount tickets for $8. The D.C. United of the Major League Soccer and the Washington Spirit of the Women’s Soccer League plays at Audi Field. The United offers student rush tickets.

Students have been working with the Smithsonian on an exciting project. (Catholic University/Patrick G. Ryan)

Smithsonian adventures: A University partnership with the Smithsonian Institution will result in students reconstructing North America’s first full-scale geodesic dome before visitors to the National Museum of American History’s Flag Hall in July. All Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo have free admission, with some requiring pre-registration for entry times.

The Cardinal Cupboard's role on campus is vital during summer months. (Catholic University/Patrick G. Ryan)

Serve others:  The Cardinal Cupboard serves as the University’s food pantry and provides nonperishable food items to any member of the University community that is experiencing food insecurity. It is open during the summer on Mondays and Thursdays from 12 to 3 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m.

Caitlin Wilson, AmeriCorps VISTA member in the Office of Campus Ministry, said, "Even though the traditional school year is over during the summer, food insecurity on our campus definitely does not take a break."

Garvey Hall is the prime location for dining during the summer. (Catholic University/Patrick G. Ryan)

Dine on campus: Garvey Hall is open during the summer. Visit for updates on hours of operation. The Law School Market is open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.