Commencement 2021

Christendom College will celebrate the accomplishments of the college’s 42nd graduating class May 14-16, 2021. The weekend of events, which will be held on Christendom’s Front Royal, Virginia, campus, are closed to registered guests and essential personnel.

A Note from College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell

Pax Christi! Barring some very unexpected circumstance, we are holding our in-person graduation as scheduled from May 14-16, with the Baccalaureate Mass and a dinner for graduates and their parents on Friday, Commencement on Saturday, and Mass and brunch for those still in town on Sunday.

At this point, we know that students will be able to invite 2 guests, at the very least. We hope very much to be able to accommodate a larger number of attendees for graduation as we get closer to the date. Several things may impact this, including executive orders that may still be in place at the time of our event. In the next couple of weeks, you will receive a message designed to help the Operations and the Special Events office gather needed information for planning the events.

We have been part of a truly amazing year thus far, filled with God’s blessings and protection. Please keep our Commencement exercises in your prayers, and continue asking St. Joseph and Our Lady to intercede for us for a good finish to the College’s spring semester, a continuing trend of states and communities reopening and lifting restrictions, and for the health and safety of all associated with Christendom College, from students and families, to faculty and staff, to our generous friends and benefactors.

Commencement Schedule

Friday, May 14

8:30-9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast (Graduating Seniors Only) St. Lawrence Commons
9:15 a.m. Senior Class Photo Outside Chapel of Christ the King (Rain Site: Crusader Gymnasium)
9:30 a.m. Graduation Practice St. Lawrence Commons
11:30 a.m. Daily Mass—all are welcome to attend Chapel of Christ the King
12:00-12:30 p.m. Pizza and Salad Lunch (Graduating Seniors Only) St. Lawrence Commons
2:00 p.m. Confession available (Graduating Seniors Only) Chapel of Christ the King
3:00 p.m. Doors Open for Ticket Holders Attending the Baccalaureate Mass Tent on Campion Field
4:00 p.m. Baccalaureate Mass (Graduating Seniors and Two Guests Only*) Tent on Campion Field
5:30-10:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception and Dinner (Graduating Seniors and Two Guests Only*) Shenandoah Valley Golf Club
7:00 p.m. Deadline for non-Graduate students to depart campus  

Saturday, May 15

9:30 a.m. Daily Mass—graduates and families are welcome to attend Chapel of Christ the King
10:00-10:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast (Graduating Seniors Only) St. Lawrence Commons
11:30 a.m. Doors Open for Ticket-Holders Attending Commencement Ceremony* Tent on Campion Field
12:00 p.m. Commencement Preparation St. Lawrence Commons
12:45 p.m. All Ticket-Holders must be seated and doors close Tent on Campion Field
12:50 p.m. Graduates, Faculty, and Administrators Process to the Tent on Campion Field  
1:00 p.m. Commencement Ceremony Tent on Campion Field
3:00-5:00 p.m. Commencement Reception (Ticket-Holders only) St. Louis the Crusader Gymnasium Parking Area and Gymnasium

Sunday, May 16

8:30 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. Mass of Farewell (graduates and families) Chapel of Christ the King
After 10 a.m. Mass Farewell Continental Breakfast for Graduates and their Families (For graduates and their invited guests only–no tickets required) St. Louis the Crusader Gymnasium
5:00 p.m. Deadline for Graduates to depart campus  

These events are reserved for graduates, registered guests, faculty, and essential staff.

Christendom College admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
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