Notre Dame students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the annual opening Mass for the academic year and an all-campus family picnic the evening of Aug. 22 (Tuesday).
The Mass will begin at 5:30 p.m. in theJoyceCenterarena. The Universitys president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., will preside and deliver the homily, and the provost, Thomas G. Burish, will offer his reflections on the start of a new academic year. Mass will be preceded at 5:20 p.m. by an academic procession of faculty and student government leaders.
A picnic on the DeBartolo Quadrangle will follow the Mass and is open to all students, faculty and staff and their families. Musical entertainment will be provided by national recording artist Emerson Hart, lead singer of the band Tonic, who will present his solo acoustic show. Jugglers, caricature and balloon artists and stilt performers will roam the south end of the quad, providing entertainment for young and old alike.
The additional entertainment replaces the closing fireworks show, which was eliminated due to the later sunset created by daylight-saving time inIndiana.