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Internationally renowned author and theologian Robert Cardinal Sarah was also honored during the ceremony, with the college awarding him an honorary doctorate of humane letters before he delivered this year’s commencement address.

Christendom College celebrated its forty-third commencement on May 14, awarding ninety-seven undergraduate degrees to the Class of 2022. Internationally renowned author and theologian Robert Cardinal Sarah was also honored during the ceremony, with the college awarding him an honorary doctorate of humane letters before he delivered this year’s commencement address.

Cardinal Sarah began his commencement address by praising the college for putting Christ at its center.

“I’m very honored to receive a degree from such a college,” said Cardinal Sarah. “Christendom: the name of a Catholic college that places Christ at its center, with the distinct mission to restore all things in Christ and to rebuild Christendom so that our culture may be inspired again by Jesus Christ and what He left us…graduates, you leave here today from Christendom as confident and courageous disciples of Our Lord Jesus Christ, having been equipped with a solid Catholic formation in an extraordinary time. Thank you to the parents, benefactors, faculty, and staff of the college who have made your formation possible.”

The ninety-seven members of the Class of 2022 processing past the college's new Christ the King Chapel to Commencement.

The ninety-seven members of the Class of 2022 processing past the college’s new Christ the King Chapel to Commencement.

In his address, Cardinal Sarah spoke on the extraordinary time in history that the Class of 2022 lived through, including a global pandemic, a divisive national election, and the ongoing threat of war in Europe for the first time since World War II. Moreover, Cardinal Sarah noted that the liquidation of God and moral relativism are more widespread than ever. The situation at hand makes colleges like Christendom crucially important, according to Cardinal Sarah, and he encouraged the Class of 2022 to welcome the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph into every aspect of their lives, relying on them as they rise to the challenges that lie ahead.

“Every university exists to form its students for the challenges that they will face. For a Catholic college like Christendom, that means having the courage to adhere to the Faith of the Church, even if that contradicts the modern world,” said Cardinal Sarah. “By recognizing the responsibilities to which we are called and by taking the important time to deliberate, especially in silence, and to respond to the challenges ahead with practical wisdom, we will fulfill our vocations and reveal to the world the beautiful constellation of values that God shapes within each one of us in order to restore all things in Christ and so to rebuild Christendom.”

College President Dr. Timothy O'Donnell with Robert Cardinal Sarah and the Diocese of Arlington's Bishop Michael Burbidge.

College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell with Robert Cardinal Sarah and the Diocese of Arlington’s Bishop Michael Burbidge.

On Friday, Cardinal Sarah, along with the college chaplaincy and multiple alumni priests, celebrated the Baccalaureate Mass for graduates and their families and was joined by the Diocese of Arlington’s Bishop Michael Burbidge. In remarks made at the graduation dinner that followed, Bishop Burbidge offered his blessing and thanked the college for what it is doing for the Church.

“Christendom is a gem and a great treasure for the Church,” said Bishop Burbidge.

Closing the ceremonies on Saturday, College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell delivered his charge to the graduates.

Closing the Commencement Ceremonies on Saturday, College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell delivered his charge to the graduates.

Closing the Commencement Ceremonies on Saturday, College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell delivered his charge to the graduates, encouraging them to be men and women of great courage in the days ahead, making sure to follow Christ and proclaim Him joyfully wherever they go.

“My charge to you as you go forth on this day: be men and women of courage. Proclaim joyfully the love of Christ and share that wisdom which you have gained here with anyone God puts into your life,” said O’Donnell. “As we say in our motto: dare to be great. These are no idle words. Dare to be great, to be different, carrying in your own hearts the great words of Christ the King whom we follow with passion and with love: ‘be not afraid and take courage, for I have overcome the world.’ Please know as you go forth that our prayers are with you as together we continue to work to restore all things in Christ.”

Congratulations to the Class of 2022!

Congratulations to the Class of 2022!

The ninety-seven members of the Class of 2022 are: Noah Arevalo, Susan Attar, Nicholas Barren, Bridget Bennett, Pablo Boada Forero, Luke Borrajo, Veronica Byers, Michael Ciskanik, Benedict Clark, Harry Cole, Maria Cook, Justin Corman, Caleb Crandall, Gregory Cravetz, Anthony Criste, Kateri Criste, Liam Cunningham, John Curran, Megan Dano, John Dean, Cecilia Delaney, Kevin Dow, Daniel Duca, Thomas Dunphy, Thomas Egan, Lily Ehart, Alinemary English, Adelaide Enyeart, Kelly Erwin, Julia Eschbach, Clare Fay, Adam Ferrero, Aidan Fletcher, Anna Fletcher, Nicholas Foeckler, Patrick Fouse, Isabel Freeman, Lucy Gay, Maria Gerring, Erin Ginter, Erik Gossin, Benedict Guza, Ana Hambric, Michael Hans, Elizabeth Hardt, Meredith Hazinski, Maureen Hebert, Caleb Heffern, Anne Heisler, Maxwell Henrie, Brian Hicks, Johnmarie Hofbauer, Caroline Howerton, Lucia Janaro, Lilliana Johnson, Andrew Jones, Owen Kennedy, Edmund Kopeck, Ashlianna Kreiner, Hannah Kristine, Lucie Lagarde, John Lane, Mark LaRochelle, Daniel Llera, Elisa Lonnecker, Michael Marra, Laura Matthys, Ann McGraw, Michael McGuire, Daniel Mead, Brianna Morabito, Dominic Mosley, Rose Norris, Patrick Nugent, Amy Nutt, Michaella Ottolini, Santiago Pardo Gasque, Michael Rego, Antonia Rivera-Flynn, Luis Romero, Nathaniel Scanlon, Nicholas Scanlon, Francis Scarchilli, Matthew Scarince, George Schuberg, Ian Simon, Bernadette Smith, Cora Snyder, John Snyder, Marion Spiering, Henry Summers, Roc Swiniarski, Michael Twohig, Julia Urankar, Anthony Van Alstine, Clare Wilson, and Mary Clare Young.

To view this year’s Salutatory Address, click here.

To view this year’s Valedictory Address, click here.

To view this year’s Commencement Address, click here.

To view this year’s Charge to the Graduates, click here.

To view this year’s Baccalaureate Mass Homily, click here.

To view this year’s Student Achievement Award, click here.

Photos from Commencement 2022 will be available shortly.

Internationally renowned author and theologian Robert Cardinal Sarah was also honored during the ceremony, with the college awarding him an honorary doctorate of humane letters before he delivered this year’s commencement address.
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