Ten Fulbright winners, a Rhodes Scholar, and two Truman Scholars. Yenching, Boren, and Gilman scholarships. A National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship. The Arts of Letters Class of 2017 amassed an impressive list of national and international awards in their time at Notre Dame.

Arabic and peace studies major C.J. Pine named valedictorian

Caleb "C.J." Pine, a member of the Glynn Family Honors Program and a Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar, presented the valedictory address during the 172nd University Commencement Ceremony.
Alvin Plantinga, the John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, was honored by the John Templeton Foundation for his 50 years of research in philosophy of religion, epistemology, and metaphysics. He advanced landmark arguments for the existence of God, returning the questions of religious belief to the common discourse of academic philosophy.
David Campbell, the Packey J. Dee Professor of American Democracy, will use a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to study the growing number of people in America who identify as nonreligious and the political force they could become. The grants support the "nation's most creative thinkers" in the humanities and social sciences studying "challenges to democracy and international order."
Isabel Charles wanted others to see the world as a bigger place than they'd known — and to see that they had a place in it. After serving as dean of the College of Arts and Letters from 1976 to 1982, she rose to assistant provost and director of international studies, significantly growing Notre Dame's presence around the world.
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