Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.: Charge to Class of 2018

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We have recognized so many deserving people, but have not yet recognized a group who is perhaps most deserving.  Graduates, you would not be here if it were not for the support, care and love of your parents, guardians and families.  They have many, many times cheered for you.  We need to recognize them.  So graduates, I ask you to turn and applaud those without whom you would not be here:  your parents and families.

After much ceremony and many speeches, I have little more to add by way of a charge, but this:  Take what you have learned here at Notre Dame and let it enable you to go forth and do good.  Always be as generous as you can with your time, talent and all you have.  In your family life, your professional life and your spiritual life, every day of your life, never forget that your charge as Notre Dame graduates is to be a force for good.

Keep alive the friendships you formed here, for they will provide joy, strength and comfort in years ahead.  They will be among the great treasures of your life.

One of my true joys as President is to meet alumni of Notre Dame all around the world and hear of their remarkable accomplishments and of their dedicated service.  There will, I am sure, be successes and accomplishments for each of you in your future.  I look forward to the time, years hence, when I will meet you and feel proud that you are a graduate of Notre Dame.

I am also sure that there will be challenges, frustrations, disappointments, and detours in your lives.  Know that you are in our prayers here, and wherever you go, and whatever happens in your life, you will always have a home at Notre Dame to renew your heart and refresh your spirit. 

God bless you all.