At the commencement ceremony on May 18, Catholic University of America President John Garvey presented Timothy R.W. McEvoy with the President's Award, the highest honor presented to a senior graduating from CUA.
McEvoy is the most recent Grand Knight of CUA's Knights of Columbus Council.
McEvoy's engagement in the University community, especially with regards to the faith life on campus, has been remarkable. He worked with Campus Ministry as a resident minister to students, coordinated retreats, helped organize mission trips, and led weekly RENEW groups. He was also intrumental in organizing hundreds of CUA volunteers to help as ushers for the March for Life's annual Vigil for Life Mass.
As a leader in the Knights of Columbus, McEvoy served on the National College Council Advisory Board, helped CUA's council receive the 2011 Council Activity Award, and helped the Knights council become a top contributor to CUA's 125th anniversary goal of 125,000 hours of service.
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The President’s Award is the highest University award presented to a graduating senior who has demonstrated prominent leadership and outstanding scholarship, and who exemplifies the highest ideals of Christianity. Nominees should have a grade point average of 3.8 or better, and they should have distinguished themselves in various activities throughout their time at CUA.
“Tim is well beloved and respected by his peers for his authenticity and caring for others. A man of faith, he is both friend and mentor to many,” noted the President’s Award citation, which was read during the ceremony.
McEvoy said he was surprised at being selected for the President’s Award and noted that many other students deserved the award. “To pick me of all the seniors – there’s about 600 of us graduating – it’s extremely humbling,” he said.
He credits the Knights with playing a key role in his life at CUA. “They are examples of sincere Catholic men committed to their faith and to their families,” he said. “The Knights on campus seemed to offer an environment to help me grow as a young man, starting out on my own at college, and not knowing anyone.” The Knights were, he said, “a perfect way to get started in service and explore my faith.”
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