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University Commencement Mass and Anointing of Graduate's Hands

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 12:45 pm
"Administration Building Tent"

Valhalla Campus

Come celebrate with the
Class of 2010

♦  School of Medicine

♦  Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences

♦  School Of Public Health

Come and give thanks ...

Matthew A. Pravetz, O.F.M., Ph.D. ’88
Associate Professor

Deacon Lawrence O'Toole
University Chaplain

Graduates, families, friends, faculty and staff are invited.


Anointing of the Hands

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 immediately following Mass
"Administration Building Tent"

Valhalla Campus

The ritual of anointing the hands of the graduates is performed as part of the Commencement liturgy. The ancient custom of anointing with holy oils symbolizes a strengthening at the beginning of a journey and a fortification for assuming new responsibilities.

During the ceremony, the graduates have their hands anointed to signify the influence and importance their hands will have in their chosen professions. Students from all three schools participate as family, friends and faculty look on during the ceremonial mass.

The ritual is performed by Deacon Lawrence O’Toole, university chaplain, with the help of Matthew A. Pravetz, O.F.M., Ph.D. ’88, associate professor of cell biology and anatomy.