Jessica Sieff | May 21, 2017
The ceremony began an hour later than originally scheduled, to keep the celebration in the stadium and avoid rain, which fell even as guests arrived to watch their graduates take to the field. As all 2,081 degrees were conferred and President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., issued his charge, thick, stubborn clouds that had been present for most of the morning finally parted, allowing the sun to shine down on the Class of 2017.The University of Notre Dame celebrated its 172nd Commencement Ceremony Sunday (May 21) inside the Notre Dame Stadium, with an audience of approximately 24,000 family, friends, faculty and graduates.
“I have great weather news,” said Thomas Burish, Charles and Jill Fischer Provost of the University, as the ceremony began. “Father John has decreed no more rain today.”
Salutatorian and Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar Jose Alberto Suarez offered the commencement invocation to the graduating class, and valedictorian Caleb “C.J.” Pine encouraged the Class of 2017 to give of themselves and be of service to others and of service to justice during the valedictory address.