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Photo of valedictorian Madeline Owen and salutatorian Alexis Waldschmidt


Class of 2021 valedictorian and salutatorian announced

Madeline Owen of Columbus, Ohio, has been named valedictorian and Alexis Waldschmidt from Naperville, Illinois, was selected salutatorian of the 2021 graduating class. The 176th commencement takes place in-person May 23 in Notre Dame Stadium. (More...)
Photo of Laetare Medalist Carla Harris


Way Maker: Laetare Medalist Carla Harris 

Laetare medalist Carla Harris has no problem letting people know that working on Wall Street and being spiritual are not mutually exclusive. The Harvard-educated gospel singer, author and maven of Wall Street shares how her faith made a way for her, as well as for others. (More...)
"One of the most important things I realized was that I could empower someone just by affirming them." — Carla Harris
A photograph of Chris Temple


'Walking'... and working at this year's commencement 

Chris Temple has a busy weekend coming up. As an assistant registrar, he'll tend to registrar-related duties at the 176th Commencement this weekend. But as a doctoral student, he'll cross the stage at the Graduate School ceremony and be hooded as a graduate. (More...)
Student with ND backpack stands on the Great Wall of China.


Notre Dame to resume study abroad programs in fall 2021

The University will move forward with plans to send students abroad for the fall 2021 semester. The decision came after considering various factors, including the continued rollout of the vaccines in the U.S. and increasingly abroad and the overall public health situations in the University’s program host countries. (More...)


Imagine a college education for your child, without the debt

Did you know the University provides college tuition assistance to the dependents of eligible faculty and staff? The portable benefit goes toward tuition at four-year accredited colleges and universities, like Holy Cross College. Plus, Holy Cross has scholarships that can be used for room and board, making it possible for your child to go away to college and come back with a degree and no debt. (More...)

ND in the News

Associate professor looks at

record-low birthrates

Kasey Buckles, associate professor of economics, discussed the causes, beyond the pandemic, for record-low birthrates. Her view is featured on the Minnesota Public Radio program, "Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly." (More...


From invasive species on campus to energy for campus 

A group of volunteers celebrated Earth Week on campus by pulling weeds. And not just any weeds. The invasive garlic mustard plant exudes a chemical that inhibits other plants from growing, making it a threat to native plants. The Office of Sustainability led the effort. (More...)
Graphic that says,
You may be the key to this study.


Participants needed for study on transmission of diseases

Faculty, staff and students have the opportunity to participate in a federally funded project about the social transmission and evasion of COVID-19. Participants will be asked to carry a small wireless device called a proximity beacon when on campus. The beacon, pictured above, can be attached to your keychain. You must have a smartphone to take part. (More...)

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