The Catholic University of America

July 12, 2008


Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., university president, presents 2007 CUA commencement speaker Tony Snow with an honorary degree.
The Catholic University of America is deeply saddened by the death of 2007 honorary alumnus and commencement speaker, Robert Anthony "Tony" Snow, today, following a long and valiant battle against cancer. Despite the diagnosis at the time, Tony Snow accepted our invitation, promising he would "be there" for the May 12, 2007 graduation. In his memorable address entitled "Faith, Reason and Vocation," Tony encouraged graduates to "live boldly, live a whole life. Faith and reason," he reflected, "are knitted together in the human soul. So don't leave home without either." Speaking candidly about the return of his cancer, Snow observed, "while God doesn't promise tomorrow, he does promise eternity." He was so generous with his time, offering to pose with any of the graduates who approached him. Tony was eager to tour the campus and Basilica after the ceremony and left CUA that afternoon to spend time with his family. "They are my priority," he told me. The university community joins me in prayer for his family and for Tony Snow. May he live in the joy and peace of the promised eternity he spoke of at commencement.

Very Reverend David M. O'Connell, CM

Note: See to read Tony Snow's commencement address.