Questions about Gaudeamus 2020

1. When will the event will be held?

Gaudeamus 2020 is a virtual event on Saturday, October 24, 2020. It will be shown via livestream, and viewable on a smart TV, tablet, computer or smartphone. You will need a link to view the event, so please register to get the link.

We invite you to join the livestream at 6:45 p.m. that evening for the preview show. The program begins at 7:00 p.m.

2. Is the livestream available to everyone?

Yes! There is no charge for the livestream virtual event. We do ask, however, that all guests register for the event so that we may send them the link to the program.

We invite everyone throughout the Archdiocese to join us and experience our celebration of Catholic education. You can select your preferred level of participation here.

3. Who is CEF honoring at Gaudeamus 2020?

At this year's Gaudeamus event, our honorees are Lamar and Rita Hunt, Jr., who have been generous supporters of Catholic education over the years.

Lamar and Rita, members of Church of the Nativity in Leawood, KS, will be joining us on the livestream event, so you'll be able to see and hear directly from them about why they have such great faith in and passion for Catholic education.

Last year's honoree was Dr. Kathy O'Hara, former superintendent of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese.

4. Will the CEF Schools of Excellence be honored?

Absolutely! This beloved tradition of honoring outstanding Catholic schools is an integral part of Gaudeamus.

With CEF scholarship students at 25 schools throughout the Archdiocese, the selection of excellent schools isn't an easy one! We think they're all outstanding.

This year, the 2019-20 CEF School of Excellence award goes to Christ the King Catholic School in Kansas City, KS. Runners up are St. Patrick Catholic School in Kansas City, Kansas and Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic School in Topeka. Be sure to join us as we celebrate these schools!

5. To whom does CEF award scholarships?

The Catholic Education Foundation serves students and families in Catholic schools in the 21-county region of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

Currently, there are more than 1,500 students on CEF scholarships in 25 of these schools. All of the CEF scholarships students are considered at-risk and low-income, meeting federal free and reduced lunch guidelines.

No institution in the country is as successful in moving children from poverty to middle-class as Catholic schools. Join us as we celebrate them at Gaudeamus!

6. Why do we celebrate Catholic education?

Catholic education is central to our faith and has made a tremendous impact on students, families and communities.
At the core of their being, Catholic schools are an essential and integral part of our Church’s ministry. As we are Catholic first, our schools welcome students of every faith, color and socio-economic background to be part of any of our communities. We teach our faith by knowing, living and sharing who we are as Catholics. Our schools build community, smooth the lines of socio-economic disparities and embrace and integrate cultural diversity into our ministry. We thank God for the blessing of our Catholic educators, students and staff!