Ukrainian Catholic Archbishop Borys Gudziak received the 2019 Notre Dame Award on Saturday (June 29) for his work for religious and academic freedom, and for his courageous and visionary leadership of the first Catholic university established in the territory of the former Soviet Union.
University of Notre Dame
Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center
May 18, 2019
Tomorrow’s commencement, at which I will award you graduates your degrees, will not be the first Notre Dame commencement of the spring of 2019, nor will you be the first in your class to receive your degree. The first occurred a week ago Friday in a hospital room in town, where I, accompanied by our provost, Tom Burish; the dean of the College of Arts and Letters, Sarah Mustillo; and our vice president for student affairs, Erin Hoffman Harding, conferred a degree on Chris Westdyk, a classmate of you seniors. You see, Chris has been struggling with cancer. His health had deteriorated, and it was unlikely that he would be able to join you at tomorrow’s ceremony. He became, then, the first Notre Dame graduate of 2019.…
We have recognized so many deserving people, but have not yet recognized a group who 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 the contentious presidential election of 2016, the selection committee of the Pulitzer Prize found in our commencement speaker a distinguished writer of commentary.
In the precise language of the committee, Peggy Noonan was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for — quote — “rising to the moment with beautifully rendered columns that connected readers to the shared virtues of Americans during one of the nation’s most divisive political campaigns.” Unquote.…
Dean Carlson, Provost Burish, Doctor Takeuchi, family and friends, welcome and thank you for being here today as we celebrate the Graduate School class of 2019.
Graduates, you did it, and this is your day. But, while this accomplishment is truly your own, you know you didn’t do it all on your own. You may have done the studying, but your families and loved ones did the sweating and the stressing along with you. They cheered you on at your successes and cheered you up at your setbacks. They are sitting behind you today, and they have been behind you every step of the way to help you reach this milestone. So, to the mothers and fathers, siblings and spouses, friends and relatives: Thank you and congratulations. This day also belongs to you. Graduates, let’s applaud your families and loved ones who helped you in what you have achieved.…
Shayla Keough Rumely and Sara Martinez Tucker were elected Fellows.
“When the University presented our Notre Dame Award to Jean Vanier in 1994, we paid tribute to a man who ‘animates the worldwide network of L’Arche communities,’ and who taught us that people with intellectual disabilities teach us ‘about the ways of God.’"
Charles F. “Chuck” Lennon Jr., associate vice president and executive director of the University of Notre Dame Alumni Association for 30 years, died Saturday, May 4. He was 80.
“Few people have so enthusiastically stood for and represented Notre Dame like Chuck,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C…
The theme of the 2019-20 Notre Dame Forum is “‘Rebuild My Church:’ Crisis and Response.”
“On behalf of the University of Notre Dame, I convey condolences to the family and friends of Sen. Richard G. Lugar, a giant of the Senate, recognized by Americans and leaders throughout the world for his keen insight into and understanding of foreign affairs."
A Mass in remembrance of the victims of terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday (April 21) will be held at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday (April 24) in the University of Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart.
“On behalf of the University of Notre Dame, I extend my deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims in the Sri Lanka attacks."
At the direction of Father Jenkins, the University will donate $100,000 toward the renovation of the cathedral.
From March 26 to 28, Notre Dame hosted senior leadership delegations from five Christian denominations for a historic gathering that gave rise to “The Notre Dame Consultation Statement,” a document affirming recent significant strides of progress in ecumenical relations and recommending ways to further develop relationships between the various traditions.
Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., on shootings at mosques in New Zealand.
Jane Cahill Pfeiffer, a University of Notre Dame Trustee Emerita and former chairwoman of NBC’s board of directors, died Tuesday (March 5) in Vero Beach, Florida. She was 86.
University of Notre Dame alumnus John Baumer and his wife, Mollie, have made a $20 million gift to his alma mater for the construction of Baumer Hall, a men’s residence hall that will open in August.