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Welcome home

| Friday, August 18, 2023

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 here.  

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 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. You are now 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 approach every day, every place on this campus and every conversation with those you encounter here as an opportunity to engage, learn and grow. Take time to listen to and engage with those whose perspectives and backgrounds might be different from your own, and be an active participant in building a community where every person experiences a true sense of belonging. You are Notre Dame, and we are better because you are here.

As we mark the beginning of a new academic year, I invite you to attend the Opening Mass on Tuesday, August 22 at 5:15 p.m. in the Purcell Pavilion of the Joyce Center. I hope you will join me as we ask for God’s blessing in the coming year. This gathering is an important opportunity to come together in prayer, and everyone is invited to attend. 

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

In Notre Dame,

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

President, Notre Dame

Aug. 18


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