In your time at Catholic University, you, the graduates of 2020, have made significant contributions to the campus community. Normally, we celebrate your accomplishments during our annual Commencement held on the steps of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. We still hope to do that, if possible, on Friday, Aug. 7. In the meantime, we plan to host a livestream event on Saturday, May 16, at 9:30 a.m. EDT. We hope you and your families will join us as University President John Garvey confers degrees during this virtual event.


Individual schools also will be hosting their own virtual degree conferral events on May 16. Visit the Commencement website for information and links to those events. 


Kevin Ryan, B.A. 1989, chief executive officer of Covenant House International and one of this year’s honorary degree recipients, offered up a few words to graduates via Twitter on May 14:


What You Need to Know

When to Tune In

Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m. EDT

Tune in early to watch the pre-ceremony congratulatory messages beginning at 9:30 a.m.

What to Expect

  • Pre-ceremony congratulatory messages
  • Welcome – Trustee Emerita Andrea Roane
  • Greetings and Opening Prayer – Archbishop Wilton Gregory, Chancellor
  • Class of 2020 Representative – Brendan Dillon, Student Government Association President
  • Presentation of Candidates – Provost Aaron Dominguez
  • Conferral of Degrees – President John Garvey and Archbishop Wilton Gregory, Chancellor
  • President's Remarks  – President John Garvey
  • Closing Prayer – Chaplain Father Jude DeAngelo, O.F.M. Conv..

Each school will start its programs between 11-11:30 am. Visit the Commencement website for a complete listing of individual school programs.

All virtual activities will be captioned.

How to Participate

Visit our Commencement Livestream page beginning at 9:30 am on Saturday, May 16.

Don’t forget to tag #CatholicUGrad20 in all of your social media posts.

What to Wear

Graduates are encouraged to wear academic regalia, if available. If not, show your pride and wear school colors.

Watch it Again

Our virtual conferral ceremony will be recorded and available to watch and share.

Remember When...

Look back at the last four years you spent at CatholicU.