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Rev. Robert A. Dowd, C.S.C.
Presidential Inauguration Events
September 12-13, 2024

With great joy, the University of Notre Dame's Board of Trustees announces the events celebrating the inauguration of Rev. Robert A. Dowd, C.S.C., as the University’s 18th president.

This list will be updated as more details are confirmed. We hope that you will be able to join us for this historic occasion. 

Questions can be directed to inauguration@nd.edu.

Thursday, September 12

Front view of Purcell Pavilion building

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. | Notre Dame Forum: Special Inauguration Symposium
Joyce Center, Purcell Pavilion

Since its establishment in 2005, each year the Notre Dame Forum invites dialogue about an issue of importance to the University, the nation and the larger world. More information to follow.

Friday, September 13

Ceiling view of the basilica.

10:00 – 11:15 a.m. | Inauguration Mass
Basilica of the Sacred Heart

An aerial view of the main building.

1:45 p.m. | Reading from the Letters of University Founder, Rev. Edward F. Sorin, C.S.C.
Main Building Steps

2:15 p.m. | Academic Procession
From the Main Building to the Joyce Center

Presidential Mace

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. | Convocation and Inauguration Ceremony
Joyce Center, Purcell Pavilion

Jon Baptiste facing the camera with a hard shadow on a white backdrop.

8:00 – 9:30 p.m. | Celebratory Concert for Notre Dame community
Joyce Center, Purcell Pavilion

Featuring Grammy Award winner Jon Batiste. Registration will be required. More details to follow. 

South Hesburg Library lawn with hanging lights on a summer night.

9:30 – 11:00 p.m. | Student Inaugural Ball
Library Lawn


Aerial view of main building and basilica during sunset.

View of the dome through freshly blossomed trees on Notre Dame's campus.


Plan your visit

Join us for the Inauguration events as we celebrate the investiture of the University’s 18th president, Rev. Robert A. Dowd, C.S.C. Refer to the Visit Notre Dame page for information on lodging, transportation and more.

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Portrait of Fr. Sorin in black and white.


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