Alliance for Catholic Education will conduct its second Commencement exercises

by Dennis Brown

The University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), now in its fourth year, will conduct its second Commencement exercises Saturday (July 20) at 2 p.m. in the College of Business Administration’s Jordan Auditorium.p. Dignitaries including Notre Dame’s president, Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., and Rev. David Tyson, C.S.C., president of the University of Portland, will honor the 43 graduates of the two-year program, which provides committed Catholic teachers for understaffed parochial schools and offers participants intensive teacher training and opportunities for Christian community and personal growth.p. Each of the graduates will receive the University of Portland’s Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree, conferred by Father Tyson. Sister Lourdes Sheehan, R.S.M., director of ACE, will be the principal speaker and Cheryl A. Healy, a 1995 Notre Dame graduate, will deliver the valedictory address. Fathers Malloy and Tyson also will offer remarks to the graduates. The ceremony will be followed by a graduation Mass at 5:15 p.m. in the Stanford-Keenan Chapel on campus.p. The 121 current ACE participants – 59 in their second year with the program and 62 new memberswill be honored with a “missioning” Mass July 25 (Friday) at 10:30 a.m. in the Stanford-Keenan Chapelp. This year’s ACE participants will serve in 77 schools operated by 16 Catholic dioceses in nine Southern states. The participants make a two-year commitment to the program. After their initial summer’s training, during which they teach students in remedial and bilingual education programs of the South Bend Community School Corporation, they serve a year as full-time teachers in understaffed parochial schools. Then, after a second summer of training, during which they again work in the South Bend public schools, they serve a second year as full-time teachers. On completing the program, they have fulfilled the requirements for the M.A.T. degree.p.

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