May 9, 2005
The Catholic University of America will confer more than 850
bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees during its 116th Annual Commencement Ceremony to be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 14, on the east steps of the Basilica of the
National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, located at
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More than 250 degrees will be distributed at the commencement ceremony for CUA’s Columbus School of Law on Saturday, May 28.
James Towey, director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, will deliver the main commencement address on May 14. Towey, who was appointed to his White House post in January, is the founder of Aging with Dignity, a national non-profit organization that helps families discuss the care they want during serious illnesses. Prior to that, he served in a variety of government and volunteer positions.
“I am delighted that Jim Towey has accepted my invitation to
address the graduates, faculty, staff and guests at this year’s May 14
university commencement exercises,” said Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M.,
During a rich and varied career, Towey, an attorney, has
served as a senior adviser to Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles (D), as director of
the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services and as a senior
adviser to Sen. Mark Hatfield (R). It was on a trip for Sen. Hatfield that
Towey met Mother Teresa in
That meeting had a profound influence on Towey’s life. He
was so impressed with Mother Teresa and her mission that he began doing legal
work for the Missionaries of Charity and working in a soup kitchen in
Mother Teresa once said of him: “Jim Towey has been a friend to me and the Missionaries of Charity for 11 years, helping us in legal matters, doing everything in a spirit of humble service.”
Towey will receive an honorary degree at the commencement
ceremony. Father O’Connell also will award an honorary degree to Most Rev. Gabriel Montalvo, the apostolic nuncio
Federal Communications Commissioner
Kathleen Abernathy, a 1983 law
school alumna, will be the speaker at the Columbus School of Law commencement
ceremony, which will be held at 2 p.m. on May 28 in the
Abernathy has served the American people with distinction and is regarded as
one of the most effective commissioners in recent memory,” said William F. Fox
Jr., dean of the Columbus School of Law. “She is one of the most
important women in telecommunications both within the
Appointed to the FCC by President George W. Bush in May 2001, Abernathy also has served as the president of the Federal Communications Bar Association. The magazine Electronic Media named her one of the most powerful women in television.
Father O’Connell will present the President’s Medal to Abernathy.
Outstanding students will be lauded during the Honors
Convocation at 2 p.m. on May 13 at Hartke Theatre. Father O’Connell will be the
official celebrant and homilist during the Baccalaureate Mass in the National
MEDIA: To cover the commencement, reporters must contact CUA Public Affairs Officers Chris Harrison or Katie Lee at 202-319-5600.
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