Dear Alumni, Parents, and Friends,

For many families, this peculiar summer is coming to a screeching halt. Many schools, like Notre Dame, are beginning classes earlier than normal. And while that has made for a very short summer, I know our students are ready to return after having been away since spring break.

My family decided to sneak in a couple of days of vacation this week by going hiking in lower Indiana. It was a reminder to me that there are still simple joys that we can partake in that are safety-aware and family-oriented (and, in this case, economical!). Where have you found your simple joys this summer?

Next week, our first-year students will come to campus for orientation and classes for all students will begin August 10. I’ve been in awe at the depth of preparation for their arrival. You can continue to visit for the latest information as it relates to the coronavirus and Notre Dame. While we will be challenged, I am grateful for those executing the planned return and their commitment to safety, collaboration and accountability. In our communities, it will take all of us living up to those same commitments. Let’s go out and be “forces for good.” We are needed now more than ever.

Yours in Notre Dame,
Dolly Duffy ’84
Executive Director
Notre Dame Alumni Association
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