2015 Commencement

Class of 2015, ‘Father Ted’s last class,’ leaves Notre Dame

“You leave Notre Dame with many great achievements and memorable moments,” Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., told the graduates in his charge to the Class of 2015. “One is that you will always be the class that helped us send Father Theodore Hesburgh to his final rest with God.” Inviting Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne/South Bend to give a blessing to the seniors, Father Jenkins said, “I know Father Ted will join him in blessing the class of 2015 — in another way, his last class at Notre Dame.”

Graduate School degree recipients entering into exciting period of higher education, McAuliffe says

Having served as president of Bryn Mawr College, dean of arts and sciences at Georgetown University and professor and chair at the University of Toronto, among many other positions, Jane McAuliffe has a deep familiarity with the world of higher education. With that familiarity comes an understanding of the turbulent nature of the contemporary higher education environment.

Notre Dame to confer more than 3,000 degrees during Commencement ceremonies May 16-17

The University of Notre Dame will confer 3,080 degrees during Commencement Weekend May 16 and 17 (Saturday and Sunday) on campus.

Anna Kottkamp named 2015 valedictorian

Anna Kottkamp, an environmental science major with a minor in international development studies from Wenatchee, Washington, has been named valedictorian of the 2015 University of Notre Dame graduating class and will present the valedictory address during the University Commencement Ceremony on May 17 (Sunday) at Notre Dame Stadium.

Noted scholar of Quran and early Islamic history to deliver the Graduate School Commencement address

Jane McAuliffe, a scholar of the Quran and early Islamic history, and director of the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, will deliver the Commencement address on May 16 (Saturday) at the Commencement ceremony for the University of Notre Dame Graduate School.

Notre Dame to award 7 honorary degrees at Commencement

Six distinguished figures in community leadership, the Catholic Church, education, engineering and science will join principal speaker Oxford Chancellor Christopher Patten as honorary degree recipients at the University of Notre Dame’s 170th University Commencement Ceremony on May 17 (Sunday).

Grammy Award-winning singer Aaron Neville to receive Notre Dame’s 2015 Laetare Medal

Aaron Neville, a four-time Grammy Award-winning singer and musician, will receive the University of Notre Dame’s 2015 Laetare Medal, the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics, at Notre Dame’s 170th University Commencement ceremony May 17 (Sunday).

Following cancellation last year, Christopher Patten to speak at 2015 Commencement

After health concerns caused Oxford Chancellor Christopher Patten (Lord Patten of Barnes) to step aside as the University of Notre Dame’s 2014 commencement speaker, he has been invited back by Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., to serve in that role and receive an honorary degree at the 2015 ceremony May 17.