The University of Notre Dame family will come together on campus and around the world Sunday-Tuesday (April 28-30) to celebrate the sixth annual Notre Dame Day.
The celebration will begin at 18:42 (6:42 p.m. EDT), referencing the University’s founding year, on April 28 and end at 12:11 a.m. April 30. The 29-hour live broadcast from Duncan Student Center will feature inspiring and entertaining Notre Dame stories from around the world through interviews, performances and appearances by celebrity guests. It also provides members of the Notre Dame family the opportunity to give back to areas of the University through an online fundraising competition.
Notre Dame Day will feature interviews with and performances from over 700 students, faculty, administrators, staff, alumni and others who are living out the mission of Notre Dame. The broadcast team will be led by alumna and Board of Trustees member Anne Thompson from NBC News, Super Bowl champion Joe Theismann and a number of broadcasters from the South Bend area and beyond.
Highlights of the more than 200 live interviews and 50 live performances include the Notre Dame Day concert at 7 p.m. April 29, with performances by former Celtic Woman artist Chloe Agnew; Notre Dame’s Gold & Blue Company; Aaron Alexander, Jared Howelton, Jimmie “JJ” Jeter and Ta-Tynisa Wilson from the Chicago cast of the musical “Hamilton”; and much more.
Tickets to Monday’s Notre Dame Day Concert are free and can be picked up at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Ticket Office beginning at 5:30 p.m. Monday.
Current and former Notre Dame athletics standouts participating in Notre Dame Day include Notre Dame women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw, Notre Dame football quarterback Ian Book, current NBA Milwaukee Bucks star Pat Connaughton, NFL Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis and Fox News’ Martha MacCallum.
During Notre Dame Day, anyone who makes a minimum $10 gift will receive five votes to cast for the programs at Notre Dame that matter most to them. More than 900 programs are eligible for receiving votes. Votes will determine the percentage of the $1.2 million Challenge Fund that will be distributed to each area. For more information, read the Notre Dame Day FAQ.
For the second time, three TV stations have joined with Notre Dame for “Notre Dame Day in Michiana,” promoting the 31 Notre Dame clubs and organizations directly engaged in the Michiana community. The stations are WNDU, WSBT and Fox Michiana. All three stations will be live-streaming the Notre Dame Day broadcast on their Facebook pages.
“Notre Dame Day is one of my favorite days of the year,” said Lou Nanni, vice president for University Relations. “It’s an exciting 29 hours and a unique opportunity for Notre Dame students, alumni, parents and friends to rally around the dorms, clubs, academic programs, organizations and teams that mean the most to them. ND Day can have a transformative impact on our students. It is all thanks to the incredible generosity and spirit of the Notre Dame family.”
All 29 hours of the broadcast can be viewed live online at NotreDameDay.nd.edu.