Observer Staff Report | November 1, 2017
Judge Sergio Moro will deliver the 2018 Commencement address at the May 20 ceremony, according to an email sent to the Notre Dame student body Sunday night.
Moro is a Brazilian jurist who has worked to combat corruption in his country, University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the email.
“Earlier this month in Sao Paulo, Brazil, I presented Judge Moro with the Notre Dame Award, and found him a courageous, conscientious, humble public servant dedicated to justice and the common good,” Jenkins said in the email. “I asked him if he would come to address the graduates of 2018 at our Commencement, and he generously agreed.”
Jenkins said in the email he encourages members of the Notre Dame community to inform themselves of Moro’s achievements.
“Because his work has not been extensively reported in the media in this country, his is less a household name here than it is in Brazil,” he said in the email.
Moro’s work — dedicated to exposing political corruption within Brazil — earned the name Operation Car Wash, according a Time magazine report. His contributions to a number of high profile cases revealed that lawmakers were accepting money in exchange for contracts with the state-run oil company, Petrobras, the report said, and as a result, hundreds of politicians were subjected to further investigation.