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May 9, 2001


Cardinal McCarrick to Speak at CUA’s 2001 Commencement Exercises

The Catholic University of America will confer more than 1,000 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees during its 112th Annual Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 12, on the east steps of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, archbishop of Washington, will deliver the commencement address. Cardinal McCarrick became chancellor of CUA upon his installation as archbishop of Washington on Jan. 3, 2001. In February, he was elevated to the College of Cardinals. He earned a master’s degree in social sciences and a Ph.D. in sociology from CUA and later served as the university’s assistant chaplain, dean of students and director of development.

Two outstanding supporters of Catholic University will be awarded medals of recognition during the event: The Very Rev. Mark Curesky, O.F.M. Conv., Franciscan provincial, will be awarded the President’s Medal, the university’s highest honor, in gratitude for his decision to make CUA’s Campus Ministry an apostolate of the order’s St. Anthony of Padua Province. Father Curesky is head of the St. Anthony province, which is based in Ellicott City, Md.  

University trustee and alumnus T. Murray Toomey, Esq., will become the first recipient of the newly created Bishop Thomas J. Shahan Medal, conferred for his longtime commitment to, support of and service to CUA. The D.C. resident was named for Bishop Shahan, who also baptized him.

Outstanding students will be lauded during the Honors Convocation at 2 p.m., May 11. The Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., President, will be the official celebrant and homilist during the Baccalaureate Mass at 4 p.m., May 11. See below for a schedule of events or visit the commencement site, at: http://campusprograms.cua.edu/bdd/welcome.htm#commence.


MEDIA: For information on photography and interviews at the commencement, contact Chris Harrison at 202-319-6976.



2001 Commencement Events at CUA


Friday              Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony

May 11             10 a.m.

                                    Herzfeld Auditorium in Hannan Hall

Speaker: Leslie Woodcock Tentler, professor of history


                                    Undergraduate Honors Convocation

                                    2 p.m.

CUA’s Hartke Theatre, on the university campus at Harewood Road and Michigan Avenue, N.E.


                                    Baccalaureate Mass

4 p.m.

                                    Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception,

Upper Church, 4th St. and Michigan Ave., N.E.

Principal celebrant and homilist: The Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., President of The Catholic University of America


Saturday          Catholic University’s 112th commencement ceremony

May 12             10 a.m.

East steps of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

                                    Speaker: Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, archbishop of

                                    Washington and CUA chancellor


Note:    Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law awards degrees to graduates at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 26, in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Patricio Serna will be the commencement speaker.





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