Graduation 2021

JPCatholic’s 13th Annual Commencement

Updated: 8/30/2021

John Paul the Great Catholic University held its 13th annual commencement on Saturday, August 28th for 71 undergraduate students from the Class of 2021. In addition, 15 alumni from the Class of 2020 returned to walk at the ceremony, since the pandemic prevented a formal ceremony last year. Seventeen additional seniors are currently scheduled to graduate in December.

Mass Celebrant

Fr. Scott Herrera

Master of Ceremonies

Ken Sharrar, Mission Advancement Director


  • Welcome: Dr Derry Connolly, President
  • Senior Address: Charles Adams
  • Announcement of Graduates: Ken Sharrar
  • Charge to the Graduates: Nathan Scoggins, Professor of Film
  • Benediction: Fr. Andy Younan, PhD

2021 Institutional Awards:

The Founders' Award for Impacting Culture
Tam Nguyen

The Business Acumen Award
Rocio Fuentes

The Cinematic Artist Award
Charles Adams

The Visual Artist Award
Sebastian Romero

The Performing Artist Award
JD Martin

The Humanities Award
Karissa Williams

Graduating Class of 2021

Class of 2020 alumni who returned for this year's Commencement

Freshman Photo 2018

Theatre Production and Senior Project Screening

The day before Graduation, JPCatholic hosted two additional events at the Ritz Theater. In the afternoon, JPCatholic Theatre Productions presented Father of the Bride, a comedy by Caroline Francke.

In the evening, JPCatholic presented the Senior Project Screening, a premiere of capstone projects from Film, Animation, and Game Development seniors. The event was emceed by Prof. Nathan Scoggins, and audiences enjoyed a showcase of eight live action short films, four animation projects, and a gameplay trailer for Da Capo, a video game which will be launching soon on Steam.

Learn more about the projects