Plans to Recognize Classes of 2020 and 2021

While the ongoing pandemic and public health restrictions on large gatherings have made traditional in-person Commencement activities impossible through the end of this calendar year, we are making plans to recognize both the Classes of 2020 and 2021 this spring.  Information about dates, times, locations, and caps and gowns, will be posted to this website when details are confirmed. 

Please email with questions related to commencement programming. Inquiries regarding applying for graduation and diplomas should be directed to


Congratulations, Graduates! 

Welcome to the virtual conferral of degrees for The Catholic University of America Class of 2020! University President John Garvey and Chancellor Archbishop Wilton Gregory will confer degrees via a livestreamed event beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020.


What to Expect

9:30 a.m. EDT is when the celebration begins!

  • 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 a.m. 
  • All virtual activities will be captioned.

How to Participate

Watch the livestream link beginning at 9:30 a.m. on this site.

Then go to the school ceremony of your choice. See list of links to school ceremonies.

Join Us on Social Media

Please join the celebration from wherever you are. Be sure to tag your posts with #CatholicUGrad20 and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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.