Sue Lister | May 17, 2017
The University of Notre Dame will confer 3,171 degrees during Commencement Weekend May 20 and 21 (Saturday and Sunday) on campus.
Degrees will be conferred on 2,081 undergraduates students at Notre Dame’s 172nd University Commencement Ceremony on Sunday. Vice President Mike Pence will be the principal speaker and recipient of an honorary degree. Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles — the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world — will receive the 2017 Laetare (lay-TAH-ray) Medal, the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics.
Pence is the first U.S. vice president to deliver the commencement address at Notre Dame. Last year, Vice President Joe Biden received the Laetare Medal and delivered an address as the Laetare Medal co-recipient along with former Speaker of the House John Boehner.
C.J. Pine, an Arabic and peace studies major who was raised in Tianjin, China, will deliver the valedictory address. Salutatorian José Alberto Suárez, a computer science and engineering major from Monterrey, Mexico, will deliver the invocation.