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Mary Higgins Clark, best-selling author and suspense novelist, will address the Class of 2015 at the 126th Annual Commencement Ceremony of The Catholic University of America on May 16. Catholic University's Commencement will be held outdoors on the east steps of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. 
The best day of Caroline Johnson's spring break was spent with Gilberto, a Costa Rican man with serve physical and cognitive impairments. They played soccer in a grassy area outside a convent in Alajuela, Costa Rica, where Johnson lived the week of spring break while on a mission trip with other Catholic University students. 
Scientific discoveries can be made by those who are not afraid of making mistakes. That was the message given to a room of astronomers and members of the Catholic University community last week when CUA hosted an astrophysics seminar organized by the Vatican Observatory Foundation. 
On Sunday, April 12, at 8 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music returns to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall to present a full orchestral and choral program that includes current students as well as alumni, and features the world premiere of an orchestral fanfare by CUA undergraduate student Matthew Yost. The program also includes Carmina Burana and selections from West Side Story and Rodeo. The music school has a long history of performing at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, having been one of the first universities to perform there beginning in 1972 soon after the Center opened. 
Catholic University's production of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi's tragic masterpiece Rigoletto March 19 through 22 at Hartke Theatre promises "an intimacy and immediacy" not found at larger venues in the Washington, D.C., area. 
Sang Wook Lee, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering, was recently named a recipient of the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development award. Lee's award includes five years of financial support for his research, totaling $500,445 and beginning March 1. 
Kelly Barry, a senior from Voorhees, N.J., loves Walt Disney World in Florida. She and her family have vacationed there every year for as long as she can remember. During one of those trips, Barry noticed the cast members' name tags. Most of them had where they were from, but some had the name of a college instead. And that's when she learned about the Disney College Program, and set her sights on one day participating in it. 
Bishop Richard Moth visited Catholic University for the first time Feb. 24. The bishop, Chair of the Board of Governors for St. Mary's University in London, came to discuss the expansion of Catholic University's partnership with his institution. St. Mary's, a Catholic university, hosts CUA students for semester and yearlong stays. Bishop Moth visited with President John Garvey and Mario Ortiz, associate provost for international affairs, during his stay. 
As March Madness begins, Catholic University's Department of Athletics has reason for celebration. 
Catholic University students lined up outside the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center Great Room more than a half hour early to get seats for speaker Mike Domitrz's Feb. 23 talk titled "Can I Kiss You?" One student wore her "Can I Kiss You?" T-shirt, coming for the second time to hear Domitrz speak about respectful dating practices. 
As part of its anniversary season, the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music has numerous special performances planned for 2015. 

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