Michael Rossmann, a double major in theology and economics fromIowa City,Iowa, has been named valedictorian of the 2007 University of Notre Dame graduating class and will present the valedictory address during Commencement exercises at 2 p.m. May 20 (Sunday) in theJoyceCenterarena.
Rossmann earned a 4.0 grade point average and was a member of the Deans List each semester. He also is a member of Notre Dames Arts and Letters Honors Program, International Scholars Program sponsored by the Universitys Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Theology Honors Program, and Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honors Society.
Among his service activities, Rossmann participated in six seminars through Notre Dames Center for Social Concerns and served as a volunteer at the Our Lady of theRoadWorkerDrop-InCenterandLoganCenterinSouth Bend. He taught English inUganda, where in 2005 he completed a program in Development Studies at the School for International Training inKampala. He also studied abroad inMorogoro,Tanzania, andKrakow,Poland, where he completed programs in the Kiswahili and Polish languages, respectively.
Upon graduation, Rossmann plans to study for the priesthood, joining the Jesuits at the novitiate inSt. Paul,Minn.
The Commencement invocation will be offered by Carlin Hebert, a civil engineering major fromBennington,Vt., who will graduate with a 3.96 grade point average.