South Bend Tribune | August 31, 2017
The public is welcome to attend the ceremony at 1 p.m. Friday at the University of Notre Dame where a new U.S. Postal Service stamp honoring the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, the late longtime Notre Dame president, will be officially released.
No tickets are required to attend. The ceremony will be in Purcell Pavilion in the Joyce Center.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be a featured speaker. She earned a master’s degree from Notre Dame in 1975.
During the ceremony, the U.S. Postal Service will release the new 49-cent “Forever” stamp honoring the late priest. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Hesburgh’s birth. He died in 2015 at age 97.
Also speaking at the ceremony will be Megan Brennan, postmaster general and chief executive officer of the U. S. Postal Service, and the Rev. John I. Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president. Former Notre Dame basketball coach Digger Phelps, who served on the Postal Service’s Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, will emcee. The ceremony will be streamed live online at Hesburgh.nd.edu.
After the ceremony, the stamp featuring Hesburgh with a first-day-of-issue postmark will be available at the Joyce Center, the Notre Dame Post Office and the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. The U.S. Postal Service also will offer several related stamp products — including framed artwork, first-day covers and other collectible items — for purchase at locations in the Joyce Center on Friday.