Universities and colleges in the metropolitan area have scheduled spring commencements. The following is a list of graduation ceremonies in the coming week.

CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY, 620 Michigan Ave. NE -- Commencement ceremonies for more than 1,700 graduates in eight schools will be at 10 a.m. Saturday on the east steps of the National Shrine of the Immaculate ConConception, Fourth Street and Michigan Avenue NE.In case of rain, the ceremony will be in the upper church of the shrine. The speaker is The Rev. Msgr. George G. Higgins, secretary for special concerns for the U.S. Catholic Conference. He will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree.

Other honorary degrees: Virginia Henderson, professor emeritus, Yale University School of Nursing; the Rev. Robert P. Hupp, executive director of Boys Town, Neb.; John T. Noonan Jr., professor of law, University of California, Berkeley; Josephine Raskob Robinson, trustee for the Raskob Foundation of Catholic Charities, and William K. Warren, president of the William K. Warren Research Center, Tulsa, Okla.

The law School ceremony will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, also on the east steps of the shrine. The speaker is Edward Bennett Williams, senior partner with the Washington law firm of Williams and Connolly.

GALLUDET COLLEGE, Seventh Street and Florida Avenue NE -- Commencement for 270 graduates will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Visitors should enter the front entrance of the shrine.

The speaker is Eleanor Holmes Norton, chairman of the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission. Honorary degrees will be conferred upon Thomas Sprabley, author of "Deaf Like Me" and Edna Adler, consultant for the deaf and the hard of hearing.

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax -- Commencement for 800 graduates will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Physical Education Building on the main campus. The speaker is Dorothy McDiarmid, 18th District delegate to the General Assembly.

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, 37th and O streets NW -- Dental School commencement for 138 graduates will be a 3 p.m. Sunday at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. A mass will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Dahlgren Chapel. The commencement speaker is John M. Coady, executive director of the American Dental Association. Coady and four others will receive honorary doctor of science degrees.They are Robert B. Lytle, chairman and professor of prosthodontics at Georgetown; Marie U. Nylen, lecturer in the department of anatomy of the Georgetown University School of Medicine and Dentistry; Israel Shulman, a 1936 graduate of the School of Dentistry, and Emil Sloan, a 1925 graduate of the school and clinical professor of operative dentistry at Georgetown.

Several academic schools at Georgetown already have held commencements, and other schools have scheduled ceremonies for later this month. That list will appear in subsequent editions of the Virginia Weekly.

George WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY -- National Law Center ceremonies for 409 gradutes will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Smith Center, 600 22nd St. NW. The speaker is Sam Brown, director of ACTION. Former Federal Trade Commissioner Edward F. Howrey, a law alumnus, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree.

Undergraduate ceremonies already have been held. Other schools at George Washington are to hold ceremonies later this month, and that list will appear in subsequent editions of the Virginia Weekly.

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND -- Ceremonies for 1,927 graduates from the main campus will be at 1 a.m. tomorrow at Cole Student Activities Building in College Park. The speaker is Katharine Graham, chairman of the board the Washington Post Co. Graham will receive a honorary doctor of letters degree. Other honorary degrees will be conferred upon Frank Press, director of the executive office of science and technology; Clifford Still, artist, and Rosa Ponselle, a singer with the Baltimore Metropolitan Opera.

University College division of continuing education commencement exercises will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Center of Adult Education, University and Adelphi roads. The speaker is Richard Weigle, president of St. John's College in Annapaolis. Weigle will receive a honorary doctor of humane letters degrees. Other honorary degrees will be conferred upon Clifford Alexander, secretary of the Army, and Gen. Dewitt Smith, commandant of the Army War College.