U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) delivered a policy address on the nation’s values at The Catholic University of America on July 23. Titled “Strong Values for a Strong America,” the senator’s speech was delivered in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center and was co-sponsored by Catholic University’s Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies (IPR) and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Sen. Rubio’s address was followed by a panel discussion of analysts and scholars who analyzed the topic and the senator’s remarks from different perspectives. Moderated by Stephen Schneck, director of IPR, the panel included Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention; Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America; Richard V. Reeves, a fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution; Brad Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project; and Sister Ann Patrick Conrad, associate professor of social work at CUA.
Eight U.S. Catholic cardinals and 750 guests gathered in New York City on Friday, May 30, for the 25th American Cardinals Dinner, held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Approximately $2.1 million was raised at the dinner for scholarships for The Catholic University of America. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, and John Garvey, President of Catholic University, served as co-hosts for the dinner, which was preceded by Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Speaking with a self-described "Alabama twang" before a crowd of thousands at the 125th Annual Commencement Ceremony on May 17, San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers had two Latin words for The Catholic University of America Class of 2014: “Nunc Coepi,” or “Now I begin.” The University conferred approximately 1,550 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees during the ceremony.
At the May 16 Baccalaureate Mass for the Class of 2014, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, archbishop of Manila, urged the graduates to find the place Jesus has prepared for them in life. Addressing the crowd of more than 3,000 people who filled the pews and lined the walls of the Great Upper Church in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Cardinal Tagle assured the graduates that “each of you has a place God has prepared for you.”
Catholic University celebrated the last day of classes with the annual Luaupalooza on Friday, May 2. Some students lined up the night before the event to be the first to get this year's Luaupalooza T-shirt. The celebration featured performances from student dance and singing groups, including CUA's own Backstreet Boys. Food, music, and games took place on lawn next to the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. The Virginia band The Last Bison closed out the evening before fireworks filled the sky.
On Saturday, April 26, Catholic University's Program Board joined with student organizations CUA Sol, College Republicans, FOCUS, Habitat for Hamnity, Indus Valley Association, and International Affairs Association for Color Fest, which was based on Holi, a Hindu celebration of color and love. The event featured spring themed crafts and a color "fight" on the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center Lawn. A bonfire with music and food followed on the Opus Lawn, rekindling a CUA tradition.
Three faculty members were honored April 23 by The Catholic University of America for their achievements at the 2014 Research and Scholarship Awards. They represented academic backgrounds in psychology, architecture and planning, and social work. Receiving awards were Melissa D. Grady, assistant professor of social work, who received the Young Faculty Scholar’s Award for Achievement in Research; Eric J. Jenkins, associate professor of architecture and planning, who received the award for Scholarly Achievement in the Creative Arts; and David A. Jobes, professor of psychology, who received the award for Achievement in Research. Provost James Brennan served as the master of ceremonies at a reception in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center.
The CUA community gathered for an Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday, April 19, at St. Vincent Chapel to receive students entering fully the Catholic Church. The sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation were performed during the candlelit ceremony. The ceremony started outside the chapel where a Paschal candle was blessed and lit from an Easter fire. This "Light of Christ" was then passed among those gathered to fill the sanctuary with light.
Each spring, the Office of Admissions welcomes admitted undergraduate students and their families to campus for Odyssey Day. Admitted students had the opportunity to learn about the academic programs that fit their interests, sample some extracurricular activities, and tour the campus many of them will call home for the next four years.
On April 6, children and families from the Brookland neighborhood participated in a field day featuring games and activities focused on athletics at the Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center. All of the volunteers for the first-time event were Catholic University student athletes.