This is a weekly newsletter for faculty and staff at Notre Dame.
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Staff to Class of 2021: "We saved you a seat."

It takes a village to put on Commencement Weekend activities at Notre Dame. Thanks to the hard work of staff in places like the Office of the Registrar, University Enterprises and Events, Campus Safety and University Operations and more, all went according to plan. Notre Dame conferred 3,180 degrees during in-person Commencement ceremonies last weekend.
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Class of 2021 graduates at Commencement 2021


University of Notre Dame celebrates the Class of 2021 

On Sunday, an audience of more than 14,000 family members, friends, faculty and graduates attended the University's 176th Commencement Ceremony, held in Notre Dame Stadium. In her address, valedictorian Madeline Owen observed it seems prophetic that her class will enter the world at such a vulnerable time. (More...)
“If we have learned anything in the past 14 months with the challenges of COVID-19 and the renewed fight for racial justice, it is that strength and new beginnings can be born out of vulnerability. We were all asked to answer the call to rise up from despair to determination. As Notre Dame students, defeat was unacceptable.” — Madeline Owen, Class of 2021 valedictorian


Valedictorian shares ND journey in podcast interview 

Valedictorian Madeline Owen majored in neuroscience/pre-med and minored in poverty studies at Notre Dame, and soon she'll be headed to the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Before leaving, she shared what it meant to finish her Notre Dame journey on campus. (Listen)
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Class of 2021 includes one set of triplets

Triplets Cameron, Derrick and Samantha Ekanayake have more in common than a birthday. For example, the triplets all attended Notre Dame, and it appears each will attend medical school. Mom is Sureeni Ekanayake, director of tax compliance in the University's investment office. Notre Dame Magazine recently caught up with the family for this article.
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Provost: 'Respond with love' in face of uncertainty 

As principal speaker for the Graduate School Commencement, Marie Lynn Miranda, the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost, told the 237 doctoral degree recipients and 419 master’s degree recipients, “You will face situations in the years ahead when ... your intellect will not be able to supply a needed answer. In those situations ... respond with love." (More...)

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Restarting study abroad at Notre Dame this fall 

As colleges prepare to resume study abroad options, there's a new variable to consider: revisions to state department travel advisories about COVID-19 risks. Michael Pippenger, vice president and associate provost for internationalization, shares with Inside Higher Ed what Notre Dame is doing to ensure safe travel and experiences for students learning abroad.
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Study reveals new options for food recall process

Removing unsafe food products from U.S. store shelves can take up to 10 months, even when people are getting sick. The growing complexity of modern supply chains is part of the problem. Kaitlin Wowak, associate professor of information technology, analytics and operations in the Mendoza College of Business, led a study that reveals opportunities for improvement. (More...)


Folk Choir marks 40th anniversary in two ways

The Notre Dame Folk Choir will mark its 40th anniversary with an album and a concert livestreamed from the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. The album, titled "They Tell Me of a Home," will be released Friday, May 28, and the concert will take place on Saturday, May 29. (More...)  
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Research Uncorked considers ethics of facial recognition

Kevin Bowyer, the Schubmehl-Prein Family Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, is this month's guest speaker. Bowyer has made fundamental contributions to facial recognition technology and pursues research on its ethical implications. He will talk about what facial recognition can do — and, just as importantly, what it shouldn’t. (Register...)
Class of 2021 factoids: Number of degrees conferred: 2103 Most popular degree (2): Bachelor of Arts Most popular major(2): Finance Number of states represented: 48 + 3 territories/federal districts State with most graduates: Illinois Number of countries represented: 48 Country, besides U.S., with most graduates: China How many sets of twins? 13 How many triplets? 1
Information based on preliminary numbers provided by the Office of the Provost, May 18, 2021. 
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