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Commencement 2022

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2022 Baccalaureate Mass & Commencement Ceremony

The Spring Commencement ceremony has been scheduled for May 15, 2022, for May 2022 undergraduate and graduate students of the Constantin College of Liberal Arts, the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts, the Satish and Yasmin Gupta College of Business and the Ann & Joe O. Neuhoff Institute for Ministry & Evangelization.


Neuhoff Graduation

Saturday, May 14, 2022
10:00 a.m.
Church of the Incarnation

Baccalaureate Mass

Saturday, May 14, 2022
6:30 p.m.
Braniff Mall

View Baccalaureate Mass Livestream

Graduation Reception

Saturday, May 14, 2022
8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Braniff Mall

Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, May 15, 2022
9:00 a.m.
Irving Convention Center
500 W. Las Colinas Blvd.
Irving, TX 75039

Parking & Directions

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Featuring Special Guest and Keynote Speaker

Dr. Joseph Meaney, PhD, KM

Joseph Meaney, ’93 BA, Ph.D., President of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, will be the commencement speaker for the University of Dallas’ 63rd Commencement on May 15 at the Irving Convention Center.

After graduating from the University of Dallas, Meaney earned his master’s in Latin American studies, focusing on health care in Guatemala, from the University of Texas at Austin. He then went on to receive his Ph.D. in bioethics from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome; his dissertation topic was Conscience and Health Care: A Bioethical Analysis.

Dr. Meaney was director of international outreach and expansion for Human Life International (HLI) and is a leading expert on the international pro-life and family movement, having traveled to eighty-one countries on pro-life missions over the last twenty-five years. He founded the Rome office of HLI in 1998 and lived in Rome for nine years, where he collaborated closely with dicasteries of the Holy See, particularly the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Pontifical Academy for Life. He is a dual U.S. and French citizen and is fluent in French, Spanish, Italian, and English. His family has been active in the health care and pro-life fields in Corpus Christi, Texas, and in France for many years.

Dr. Meaney was general editor of the English edition and co-author with his father, Dr. Michael Meaney, of a chapter in the Pontifical Council for the Family’s Lexicon: Ambiguous and Debatable Terms Regarding Family, Life, and Ethical Questions and has published in a number of scholarly journals. He has also written many popular articles and has been interviewed by newspapers, radio, and television in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. His popular articles have appeared in the National Catholic Register, Crux, Inside Catholic, Crisis Magazine, Inside the Vatican, and many other publications.


  • Graduates must be registered. You can check the prospective graduates list at the Registrar’s Office to ensure that your name, major and all other information is correct.
  • Since there are no restrictions due to COVID, there is no limit on the number of guests per graduate and no rsvp requirements.
  • ADA requests: To request a disability-related accommodation or wheelchair access information, please contact Joseph Cole at 945-444-5009 or, preferably at least a week in advance of the event. Please leave your name, contact information, and the number of people who need accommodations. You can also find more information at
  • Virtual Streaming: The Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement exercises will be livestreamed for any guests who cannot attend or wish to participate virtually. The link to this streaming will be posted on the 韦德1946 website.
  • Cap, gown and other commencement-related items may be ordered through Herff Jones. The deadline for ordering caps and gowns is April 1. The bookstore will not have any caps or gowns in stock.
  • Graduates will not receive their official diplomas at the Commencement event. They will receive a diploma cover. The graduates will be able to pick up their diplomas at the Registrar’s Office in the weeks following graduation, or the Registrar will send the diploma through the mail. Please be on the lookout for information from the Registrar’s Office regarding when diplomas may be picked up.