Charge to the Class of 2014


Delivered at Notre Dame’s 169th University Commencement Ceremony held May 18, 2014, in Notre Dame Stadium

We have recognized so many deserving people, but have not yet recognized a group that is perhaps most deserving. Graduates, you would not be here if it were not for the support, care and love of your parents, guardians and families. They have many, many times cheered for you. We need to recognize them. So graduates, I ask you to turn and applaud those without whom you would not be here: your parents and families.

After much ceremony and many speeches, I have little to add, except this. Graduates, take what you have learned here at Notre Dame and let it enable you to go forward and do good. Always be generous with your time, your talent and all that you have.

One of my greatest joys as president is to travel around the country and even around the world and see the great things the alumni of Notre Dame are doing in their accomplishments and their dedicated and generous service. There will, I am sure, be successes and accomplishments for each and every one of you. I look forward to the time when I will meet you and feel proud that you are a graduate of Notre Dame.

I am also sure that there will also be challenges, frustrations, disappointments and detours in your life. Know that you are in our prayers wherever you go, and whatever life brings you, you will always have a home at Notre Dame to renew your heart and refresh your spirit.

God bless you all.


Read the Commencement Mass Homily delivered by Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. on May 17, 2014 in the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center.