Graduating seniors to be honored for commitment to postgraduate service

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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Some 196 Notre Dame graduating seniors embarking on a year or more of service in this country and abroad will be honored during the University’s annual Senior Service Send-Off ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday (May 16) in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Leighton Concert Hall.

Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., will address the seniors and their families on the University’s commitment to service in education at Notre Dame and beyond.

Audrey George, a 1990 Notre Dame graduate and executive director of Horizons for Youth, also will address the graduates.

Among the service programs in which this year’s graduates will participate are Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), which provides teachers for understaffed parochial schools in dioceses across the United States; Notre Dame’s Echo Faith Formation Leadership Program, which trains and provides religious educators for Catholic parishes; the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps and Teach For America.

Many of the graduates became involved in service and social action through the programs and courses of the Center for Social Concerns. They join a community of more than 3,700 Notre Dame alumni who have chosen postgraduate volunteer service since the Center for Social Concerns was established in 1983.

Tickets are no longer available for the ceremony, but it will be broadcast live in Room 155 of DeBartolo Hall.

Contact: Mike Hebbeler, director of senior transition programs, at 574-631-5779 or