Graduating students and their families attended the annual Baccalaureate Mass on Friday, May 17, 2013, in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The principal celebrant and homilist was University Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry Rev. Jude DeAngelo, O.F.M. Conv.
At the 124th Annual Commencement of The Catholic University of America on Saturday, May 18, 2013, poet Dana Gioia delivered the address. The University conferred approximately 1,500 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees during the ceremony. (Photos by Ed Pfueller and Matthew Barrick)
Five U.S. Catholic cardinals and 650 guests gathered in Washington, D.C., Friday, May 10, for the 24th American Cardinals Dinner, held at the Washington Hilton. Nearly $1.7 million was raised at the dinner, a fundraising event for scholarships for The Catholic University of America.
Students celebrated the end of classes for the spring semester on May 3 with Luaupalooza, which featured food, games, rides, performances, and fireworks.
On April 26, students had the opportunity to play with dogs on the lawn of the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center to calm stress and anxiety before the final week of classes and final exams.
Several hundred alumni, students, and guests gathered April 26 and 27 at the Hartke Theatre for a gala weekend celebrating the 75th anniversary of Catholic University’s Department of Drama (CUADrama) and honoring the department’s contributions to theatre and screen. The department is among the earliest university drama programs in the nation, founded in 1937 under the guidance of Rev. Gilbert V. Hartke, O.P. Helen Hayes Award-winning actress Halo Wines and former CUADrama Chair William H. Graham Sr. served as honorary co-chairs, with CUADrama veteran and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Michael Cristofer serving as honorary chair.
On April 12, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the University community welcomed admitted students in the Class of 2017. The students and their families spent the day on campus learning about academic programs, sampling some of the extracurricular activities CUA has to offer, touring the campus, and socializing with future classmates.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, some students and alumni were hit hard. Others jumped in to lend a hand. “Storm Brings Out Good Samaritans,” a feature article in the spring 2013 issue of The Catholic University of America Magazine, tells their stories. For the story, University Photographer Ed Pfueller went on assignment to the hard-hit New York towns of The Rockaways, Breezy Point, and Long Beach. While in Long Beach, he photographed Karen Danca Smith (B.A. 1995) and her family, who are featured in the article.
More than 40 years after the passage of Title IX, today's female student-athletes have grown up in an era where they could be a "beast" on the field while still wearing a bow in their hair. They are excelling, both on the field and off. (Photos by Ed Pfueller)
When the white smoke billowed out of the Sistine Chapel chimney and bells across campus started ringing, many CUA students converged on the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. The first-floor food court took on a party atmosphere. A live feed from the Vatican was projected from a computer onto a big screen. Students responded with cheers and shouts when Pope Francis was introduced. The media also converged on the CUA campus, interviewing students, President John Garvey, Father Mark Morozowich, and others. At the end of the day, students gathered in Caldwell Chapel for a Mass of thanksgiving for the new pope, celebrated by Father Marek Stybor, O.F.M. Conv., associate chaplain for faith development. (Photos by Ed Pfueller)