Monday Morning Update

May 20, 2019

COMMENCEMENT 2019: Yesterday, 571 students crossed the stage to receive their degrees from President John Denning, C.S.C. Another 31 students participated in the ceremony including those who earned their degree in September or December 2018, those who will complete their studies this summer or those finishing their first year at Notre Dame through our dual degree engineering program. Take a look at the ceremony 
LEMONS INTO LEMONADE: Using her experience of rebounding from the loss of a limb in the Boston Marathon bombing, Commencement Speaker Heather Abbott ’96 told graduates that “turning lemons into lemonade is possible.” On dealing with adversity, she offered this advice—recognize what can’t be changed and make a decision to look forward, allow yourself to rely on others for support and take the pay it forward. Read her advice in full 

EMPATHY AND UNDERSTANDING: “If we can try our absolute hardest to approach the rest of life, its trials and tribulations, its successes, its disagreements, and its challenges with the various forms of love, then I know we will be able to reach our enormous potential and help the next person reach theirs as well,” shared student speaker Pierrce HolmesRead his speech 
SPIRITED & SPIRIT-FILLED: In his remarks, President John Denning, C.S.C. hailed the Class of 2019 for being “spirited and spirit-filled,” noting how they comforted each other during “moments of sorrow” and how they “reached out to take care of those in need.” See his remarks 
A PARENT'S PERSPECTIVE: After 24 commencements, things were different for Vice President for Advancement Doug Smith this year with the graduation of his son, Brett. As he wrote, “I’ve always believed in Stonehill’s commitment to educating the heart and the mind. Seeing the impact of this approach on my own son, who has been visiting campus since he could walk, that’s been one of life’s great joys for me.” Read Doug’s reflection. 

The Easton Chamber of Commerce hosts their annual celebration of the many restaurants in the Easton area. Tickets available here. 
Tue., May 21 | 6-8 p.m. | Roche Dining Commons 

Good luck to Men's and Women's Track & Field at the National Championships in Texas! 
Click here for a schedule that includes all sports 
CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2019! Thanks so much for reading, we'll see you next on Monday, June 3.