Each year at Notre Dame is filled with highlights, achievements and accomplishments. Here are some of the significant moments from 2009:
- President Barack Obama served as the principal speaker at Notre Dame’s 164th University Commencement Ceremony on May 17. The visit, in the face of discord about the president’s position on abortion, received both criticism and support nationwide. Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and Obama addressed the discord from the commencement platform.
- Notre Dame hired Brian Kelly as the 29th head football coach in the University’s history. He replaces Charlie Weis, who was not retained after five years at the helm. At his introductory news conference, Kelly said: “We hear about academic standards. That is what the mission is of this University. That is the mission of Notre Dame, excellence in academics and athletics, and I wanted that challenge, and I’m excited about that challenge, that you can do it both in the classroom and be prominent in the athletic arena, as well.”