Schedule of Events

Friday, May 10, 2019

Commencement Practice
Robert S. Carey Student Center Gymnasium
10 a.m.
All graduate and undergraduate candidates should attend.

Baccalaureate Mass
Saint Vincent Basilica
3 p.m.
Academic attire is not worn to Mass; seniors should plan to sit with their families.  Tickets are not required.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Bookstore Open 
Robert S. Carey Student Center
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Barista Café Open    
Robert S. Carey Student Center
8 – 11 a.m.  

Commencement
Robert S. Carey Student Center
11 a.m. – Doors open at 10 a.m.
Admission by ticket only – assigned seating.  See ticket for assigned location.
Graduates gather to ring the Ave Maria bell in Melvin Platz after the ceremony.

Reception
Melvin Platz, weather permitting.  Community Center, rain location.
Immediately following Commencement ceremony
Tickets are not required.
Graduates and guests welcome.

Commencement Speaker - Alejandro Villanueva

Alejandro Villanueva

Alejandro Villanueva carved out a unique path to the National Football League, one that allows him to give back to those who provided him and countless others the opportunity to pursue their American dreams. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Villanueva served three tours of duty in Afghanistan as a member of the elite Army Rangers. He earned numerous honors and medals while in active duty, including the Bronze Star Medal for valor, for rescuing wounded soldiers from enemy fire. After ascending to the rank of captain, Villanueva embarked on a professional football career, signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2014. Despite being away from the game for more than four years, he quickly thrived at his new position of offensive tackle, earning back-to-back Pro Bowl selections in 2018 and 2019. Villanueva has often spoken about the importance of his Catholic faith in reaching out to help others. He has remained a steadfast advocate for his fellow veterans and service members, being named a finalist for the 2017 USAA Salute to Service Award, while he has donated the profits from royalties of the sale of his No. 78 Steelers jersey to charities in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Baltimore, benefiting schools and first responders. Having earned a degree in systems engineering at West Point, Villanueva continued his education upon joining the Steelers, earning an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University’s prestigious Tepper Business School. Villanueva lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Madelyn, and their three children.