A Letter to Students from Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. Published in the Observer: We can make this a great year

August 5, 2020

Dear students,

I extend a warm welcome to each of you as we begin an academic year unlike any in Notre Dame’s long history. As we look ahead, I ask each of you for your commitment and flexibility as we continue to navigate the uncertain path caused by the novel coronavirus.  

While the novel coronavirus will change many aspects of day-to-day life on campus, by working together, I believe we can make this a great year. If we each to our part, we will be able to remain on campus, to learn, grow and discover together.  

You will hear me say many times this year that there are four things we must each do:

1. Wear your mask.

2. Practice physical distancing.

3. Wash your hands often.

4. Complete your daily health check.

On Monday, we will be one of the first universities to begin the 2020 fall semester under the conditions imposed by the pandemic. The nation will be watching. We have the chance to show the world how to continue the work of the University in the midst of the threat of this terrible virus. Success depends on the choices we make individually and collectively. 

Let us work together, supported by all the resources and protocols we have put in place, to meet the challenges ahead. Let us show the world what Notre Dame can do.  

Once again, welcome. I wish you every grace and blessing, and my prayers are with you. 

In Notre Dame,

Fr. John Jenkins

Originally published in The Observer