Annual Academic Events


A graduation Mass is celebrated in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. All candidates on whom degrees are to be conferred must be present at the commencement exercises of the Institute, unless excused for serious reasons by the Provost/Dean.

The annual Graduation Ball concludes the academic year; it typically takes place between final examinations and the graduation exercises.

Master Class Week

Each January, professors of the central Roman session of the Institute offer a week of lectures on various theological-anthropological themes for the students of the Washington, D.C., session. Regular classes are not held during this week so that students are available to attend the morning and afternoon sessions of Master Class Week.

Graduates of the Institute and members of the wider community may attend the lectures of Master Class Week; the fee is $250.