Baccalaureate Mass is a time to give thanks and reflect on one’s academic experience at Catholic University. It is an important spiritual component of our annual commencement activities. Please note that there is a limited number of seats for this celebration. Please see details below.

Date          :   Friday, May 13, 2022
Time          :   4:00 p.m.
Venue       :   Great Upper Church, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Address    :   400 Michigan Avenue, Northeast, Washington, D.C. 20017


Instructions for Baccalaureate Mass

The Baccalaureate Mass is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Students are asked to wear their academic gowns, without hoods and caps. Students will assemble in front of McMahon Hall at 3:20 p.m., and members of the administration and faculties on the west side of McMahon Hall. The procession, led by the University Marshal, will move promptly at 3:30 p.m. Faculty members are strongly encouraged to participate.

(In the event of inclement weather, if announced prior to the ceremony, the procession will form in Memorial Hall, on the lower level of the Basilica.)

Candidates for degrees will not genuflect in the aisle as they will be directed to their seats by ushers from the Division of Student Affairs. 
 

It should be noted that the Baccalaureate Mass is typically 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.