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          May 23, 2005


The CUA Columbus School of Law to Confer

More Than 300 Degrees at Commencement


WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law will confer 302 law degrees during its annual Commencement ceremony to be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 28, inside the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, located at 400 Michigan Ave., N.E.


Full details of the ceremony including times, places and contingency plans for inclement weather are available at http://law.cua.edu/Students/studentlife/commencement2005/.


Federal Communications Commission commissioner Kathleen Q. Abernathy will deliver the main commencement address on May 28. 


“Commissioner Abernathy has served the American people with distinction and is regarded as one of the most effective commissioners in recent memory," said law school Dean William F. Fox Jr. "She is one of the most important women in telecommunications both within the United States and internationally.  She exemplifies the commitment to public service of the graduates of the Columbus School of Law.”


A graduate of CUA law’s evening program in 1983, Commissioner Abernathy was nominated by President George W. Bush in May 2001. She was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate later that month and sworn in as FCC commissioner on May 31, 2001. As commissioner, she is responsible for representing the public interest in each of the policy areas under the FCC's jurisdiction. These responsibilities include regulation of broadcast television, cable, satellite, domestic and international telecommunications, wireless communications, consumer protection and education and general enforcement of FCC rules.


Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., university president, will present Abernathy with the President’s Medal as part of the commencement ceremonies. The award is the highest honor bestowed by The Catholic University of America.


Since joining the FCC, Abernathy has been honored by several organizations for her professional achievements, including receiving the Forerunner Accolade from Women in Cable and Telecommunications, the Milestone Award from Catholic University's Columbus School of Law, and being named one of the most powerful women in television by Electronic Media magazine.


Commissioner Abernathy has been very active in various bar activities and academia. She is a member and former President of the Federal Communications Bar Association and a member of the Washington, D.C., Bar. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law.


MEDIA: For more information, contact Tom Haederle at the Columbus School of Law at 202-319-




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