Opening Mass & Picnic

Opening of the Academic Year Mass

Students, faculty, staff and their families were invited to gather for the Opening of the Academic Year Mass at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 27 in the Purcell Pavilion of the Joyce Center. 

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., University President, served as presider and homilist. See Fr. Jenkins' Homily here.

Faculty are invited to wear academic garb and participate in the academic procession at the start of Mass. Those participating in the procession should plan to arrive at the North Dome of the Joyce Center (Gate 5) by 5:10 p.m. The procession will begin at 5:20 p.m. and there will be reserved seating on the Purcell Pavilion floor for those participating in the procession.

Picnic in the Concourse of Notre Dame Stadium Following Mass

Please join us for a campus community picnic in the Notre Dame Stadium Concourse from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Families are welcome. View the menu here.

Dining Halls will be closed for the occasion.


Attendees are encouraged to park in the Joyce Center and Stadium lots. Guest Services team will have golf carts available to transport guests to parking lots from 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.