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A warm welcome

| Friday, August 20, 2021

Dear students,

I extend a warm welcome to each of you. Whether you are arriving on campus for the first time or returning after a summer away, we are very glad you are part of the Notre Dame community. 

Over the last 18 months, we have all been impacted by COVID-19 in profound ways. Today, I write this letter with hope for the year ahead. If we work together and follow the protocols in place to keep the campus and surrounding communities safe, I believe we can have a fruitful and enjoyable year. This is clearly not a time to let our guard down; we must remain vigilant to the potential dangers of COVID as well as flexible and adaptable should additional health and safety measures become necessary. Above all, we must be generous and compassionate, with ourselves and those around us. 

As we prepare for a new academic year, I invite you to attend the Opening Mass on Tuesday, August 24 at 5:30 p.m. in Notre Dame Stadium. Please join me on this important occasion as we come together to ask for God’s blessing on our endeavors in the coming year. 

Notre Dame’s mission is distinctive. We offer an undergraduate education that is second to none, committed to educating the whole person. We cultivate scholarly excellence, and we advance human understanding through top-tier research and post-baccalaureate programs. In all that we do, we ensure that Notre Dame’s Catholic identity informs our efforts.

As you know, the University has a rich history. Generations of Notre Dame graduates have been shaped by their experiences here, and they, in turn, have left their mark on the University. We invite you to do the same, to be part of Notre Dame’s present as well as its future. Individually and collectively, you have tremendous talents and gifts to share. 

At a time when the world’s need for compassionate and creative leaders has never been greater, I hope you will take every day, every place on this campus, and every conversation with those you encounter here as an opportunity to engage, learn and grow. You are Notre Dame, and we are better because you are here.

Once again, welcome. I wish you every grace and blessing, and my prayers are with you. 

In Notre Dame,

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

president, Notre Dame

Aug. 17

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