To view a recording of the 132nd Commencement Ceremony, click here.

We are looking forward to celebrating our graduates from the Classes of 2020 and 2021 on May 21 along the East steps of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Please check this page for updates and announcements about our plans for Commencement 2021.


Cap and Gown Orders

All graduates who attend commencement are required to wear academic regalia. Graduating students who are members of the United States Armed Services are allowed to wear dress uniform in lieu of academic apparel. 

Academic regalia can be ordered online here.  The latest date to order is May 7. You can reach the CUA Barnes and Noble Bookstore at (202) 594-3300.

Please note that you may only return regalia unopened within 30 days for a refund of the purchase price less shipping. All returned items must be unopened and in their original packaging to be eligible for a refund. 


Thursday, May 20

Institutes and Special Programs Certificate Ceremony for the Class of 2021 — 2 p.m., Virtual Ceremony.

A certificate presentation ceremony for students in the Comparative and International Law Institute, the Compliance, Investigations & Corporate Responsibility Program, the Law and Public Policy Program, the Law and Technology Institute, and the Securities Law Program will take place at 2 p.m.  For further information, please call the Office of Institutes and Special Programs (202) 319-6081 or email Constantia Dedoulis at

The ceremony will be able to be viewed via live-stream on CUA Law's YouTube channel here or can be viewed via zoom by users with a email address here.


Mass —  4:30 p.m., Virtual Ceremony

A Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated for the graduates at 4:30 p.m. at St. Vincent’s Chapel via live-stream by following this link.


Friday, May 21

Law School Commencement

On graduation day, graduates will report as follows to the Law School at 9:30 a.m., wearing their gown, tam, and carrying their hood:

Members of the Class of 2021 should report to the Keelty Atrium;

Members of the Class of 2020 should report to the Byron Auditorium (Rooms 204/205).

You will receive important instructions and join your classmates before lining up for the academic procession.  Please note that guests will not be permitted inside the Law School building.

Click on this link on the day of the event to view the livestream of Catholic Law's Commencement Ceremony.


Commencement Ceremony — 11 a.m., East Steps, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception 

Seating for guests attending our commencement ceremony will open at 10:00 a.m.  All guests must be ticketed and will be assigned seating.  Guests will not be seated before 10:00 a.m. or without a ticket.  The academic procession will begin at 11:00 a.m.  Graduates and guests must depart the commencement venue within thirty minutes of the ceremony ending.


Commencement Tickets

Each graduate will be permitted six guests for an outdoor ceremony, weather permitting, or two guests indoors, if the rain plan is enacted.  Guests will be seated together and will not be socially distanced within their group.  Each group of guests will be seated six feet apart from nearby groups.

All graduates and guests will be assigned seating in advance of commencement.  Graduates must register their guests via this form by Sunday, May 9, 2021.  Guests’ tickets will be emailed to each graduate in advance of graduation day and guests must bring a copy of their ticket to be admitted to the commencement ceremony. 

For purposes of contact tracing and compliance with the District’s requirements for in-person commencement events, tickets are non-transferable and cannot be exchanged with other graduates or guests.



Guests attending the Law School commencement ceremony are encouraged to park in the lot across the street from the Shrine in the Shrine’s West parking lot on Harewood Road and Michigan Avenue, or the McMahon Parking lot adjacent to the Pryzbyla Center.  The University garage will also be open for parking, but your guests will have an easier trip to the East Steps/University Mall seating area from the first two parking areas.   

Per D.C. capacity rules, guests will not be permitted to enter the Law School building on commencement day.



Pursuant to D.C. guidelines, guests will not be permitted to leave their seats to take photographs during the ceremony.   We will have a photographer take a photo of all graduates on the dais during the ceremony.  These photos will be available at no charge via our website. 



The commencement ceremony will be live-streamed and will also be available for viewing online after 6 p.m. on Friday, May 21.  The live-stream and online viewing links will be posted closer to commencement day to  The recording will be available online through early August. 


District Health & Safety Guidelines for Attendees

All attendees must follow D.C. Health requirements for travel including travel-related testing and quarantine requirements. Graduates and their guests must review the District’s Guidance for Travel at For information on testing options in the District, please follow this link.

Attendees are encouraged by the CDC and the D.C. Department of Health to seek vaccinations in their home jurisdiction prior to traveling or attending large in-person events.

Consistent with the University-wide Face Coverings policy and local and federal guidelines and requirements, all members of the University community (faculty, staff, and students) and their guests are required to wear face coverings while on campus or Basilica grounds.  Individuals not wearing a face covering will not be permitted to attend the Law School commencement ceremony.

Consistent with the University-wide Social Distancing Policy and local and federal guidelines and requirements, all members of the University community (faculty, staff, and students) and their guests must practice social distancing while on campus or Basilica grounds.  Limiting close face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Social distancing means keeping a safe space between yourself and others outside your household.  To practice social distancing, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ lengths) from others. Individuals who do not maintain proper distancing will not be permitted to attend the Law School commencement.

Pursuant to D.C. guidelines, all guests must remain in their designated seats during the entirety of the commencement ceremony.  Those who do not remain in their designated seats will not be permitted to remain in attendance for the Law School commencement ceremony.

Attendees exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 are not permitted to attend the Law School commencement ceremony. 

If any attendee is diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14 days of the commencement ceremony, they must report this information to Assistant Dean Katherine Crowley at  Individuals who are considered close contacts of any attendee who tests positive for COVID-19 within 14 days will be notified at the contact information provided during the registration process.  Close contacts are defined as someone who was within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more within 2 days prior to illness onset, regardless of whether the contact was wearing a mask.