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Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.: 2019 Commencement Mass Homily

Author: Notre Dame News

University of Notre Dame
Commencement Mass
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.…

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Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.: Charge to Class of 2019

Author: Notre Dame News

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.…

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Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.: Introduction of Peggy Noonan

Author: Notre Dame News

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.…

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Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.: 2019 Graduate School Commencement Charge and Benediction

Author: Notre Dame News

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.…

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Notre Dame to offer Mass for victims of Sri Lanka attacks

Author: Dennis Brown

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.

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Historic gathering of Christian leaders at Notre Dame, plan for future ecumenical encounter

Author: Notre Dame News

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.

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Baumers make gift to Notre Dame for new residence hall

Author: Dennis Brown

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.

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Statement on Theodore McCarrick

Author: Notre Dame News

In accord with University President Rev. John I. Jenkins’ statement of Aug. 2, 2018, the University of Notre Dame is rescinding the honorary degree conferred in 2008.

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