Update for the Notre Dame Family: A Year of Perseverance


Dear Alumni, Parents, and Friends,

Here at Notre Dame, final exams kicked off today, and in a little more than a week, the University will celebrate the Class of 2021. While graduation weekend will continue to look a little different, one thing will feel right — weather permitting, the University’s Commencement Ceremony will be back in Notre Dame Stadium.

With the spring of their junior year and the entirety of their senior year impacted by the pandemic, this year’s graduates have endured unexpected challenges on their way to earning their degrees. Whether at ND or other universities, colleges, and high schools around the world, no one could have anticipated that their final three semesters would look so radically different. Students made enormous adjustments and significant sacrifices to make this year a reality.

Maybe your child or grandchild or your niece or nephew is graduating. Or maybe you are submitting your last paper or taking your last exam yourself. We probably all know a student worth celebrating this spring! Congratulations to graduates everywhere. You’ve overcome tremendous adversity over these past 15 months. May God bless all graduates in their journeys ahead!

All the best,

Dolly Duffy ’84
Executive Director
Notre Dame Alumni Association


As the 2020-21 academic year draws to a close, students reflect on what it meant to be on campus during a year unlike any other.


The Notre Dame Trustee and alumnus, who led the post-9/11 recovery of his company while also providing compassionate care to the firm’s grieving families, will speak at the University’s Commencement ceremony.


Notre Dame’s current vice president for mission engagement and Church affairs and former vice president for student affairs at Portland, Fr. Olinger ’01, ’04 J.D., ’09 M.Div., will assume his new role effective June 1.


Nominations are open for the 2021 Domer Dozen, an NDAA and YoungND board young alumni recognition program. Nominate an outstanding young alum now through May 31.


Madeline Owen of Columbus, Ohio, has been named valedictorian and Alexis Waldschmidt from Naperville, Illinois, was selected salutatorian of the 2021 graduating class.




Fighting Irish Fighting COVID: Ongoing

Volunteers from the Notre Dame family have logged more than 5,500 hours helping fight against COVID in their communities. » JOIN THE FIGHT

Virtual Rosary: Fri., May 14 | 12:30 p.m. ET

Join Rev. Ralph Haag, C.S.C., ’03 M.Div. in the Chapel of St. Edward the Confessor in St. Edward’s Hall. » FACEBOOK | YOUTUBE

Inspiring Conversations: Tues., May 18 | 1 p.m. ET

The semester concludes with Dr. Adrienne Boissy, Chief Experience Officer of the Cleveland Clinic, on the topic of “Why Care? Crafting a Leadership Grounded in Truth and Empathy.” » REGISTER

Rome Book Club: Thurs., May 20 | 11:30 a.m. ET

“Raphael’s School of Athens: The Medium and the Message” is the latest offering from the Rome Book Club exploring the culture of the High Renaissance. » REGISTER

Everyday Holiness: Fridays through June 11

Season 5 of this FaithND podcast continues with new episodes released every Friday though June 11. » TUNE IN




HERE, Folk Choir Demonstrates Resilience

Though the pandemic derailed the possibility of a reunion to mark the 40th anniversary of the Folk Choir, the group came up with another alternative tribute: producing an album of 10 hymns.


Before the Sunrise

From peat fuel to fresh milk and from corn and beef to solar panels: The farm that fed Notre Dame for 125 years now provides power to campus.


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