Dennis Brown and Sean Carroll | September 19, 2017
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a 1975 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, recently received an honorary monogram from her alma mater in a surprise presentation on campus.
After speaking at the Sept. 1 ceremony to unveil a postage stamp honoring the late Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president from 1952 to 1987, Rice addressed members of the Irish women’s basketball team in their team room at the Joyce Center.
After her remarks, she was presented with the honorary monogram in recognition of her support of the University, including service on the Board of Trustees.
University Vice President and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick spoke briefly before presenting Rice with her monogram jacket.
“This is a program that achieves at a very high level,” Swarbrick said of the women’s basketball team. “They have an important symbol of when they have success. When they succeed in the classroom and when they succeed athletically, there’s a very special and unique honor they earn that they want to share with you.
“You represent the philosophy of our coach and this program so well. You said once, ‘We have to move past the idea that women can become leaders to the expectation that they will be leaders.’ That is what this program is built on and that is what these young women represent. They would officially like to make you a Notre Dame monogram winner.”