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2018 Graduation Information

Given the forecast of thunderstorms, High School Graduation will be held in the Aimee Willard Gymnasium. We ask that you use the Graduation tickets distributed in advance of today's event. Streaming of the Graduation can be viewed on campus in classrooms 101 and 102 (Harron Lobby) and in the Connelly Library (top floor, Harron) as well as through this link. We look forward to a very special, festive Graduation at 10:00 am today.


Middle School

Thursday, May 31

Middle School Mass and Graduation 5:00 pm
Aimee Willard Gym

Guests:

  • All are welcome at the mass and graduation.
  • The Mass begins at 5:00 pm and is approximately 1.5 hours.

Students:

  • Please report dressed in robes to the Josephine Connelly Fine Arts Center no later than 4:15 pm.
  • A group photo will be taken at 4:30 pm on the Mansion steps, weather permitting.
  • Attire: Graduation gown with appropriate church attire. Students who have received honor cords or medals at the Academic Awards Assembly may wear them. 
    • Dressy shoes or sandals, any color (No flip flops or beach slides)
  • Guests are not permitted in the Connelly Center.

High School

Friday, June 1

Baccalaureate Mass 4:00 pm
Aimee Willard Gym
View the Baccalaureate Mass online using this link: Baccalaureate Live Stream.

Guests:

  • All are welcome at the Mass.
  • If there are no more chairs available, the bleachers are available.
  • The Mass begins at 4:00 pm and is approximately 1.5 hours.

Students:

  • Please report to the Connelly Library in the Harron Family Building no later than 3:30 pm.
  • Attire: Graduation gown with appropriate church attire.
    • Dressy shoes or sandals, any color (NO flip-flops or beach slides)
  • Please carry the gown to school on a hanger (do not wear it).
  • Students will wear only the white gown for mass, not the cap.
  • Guests are not permitted in the library.

Saturday, June 2

Graduation 10:00 am
Mansion Lawn
View the Graduation Ceremony online using this link: Graduation Live Stream.

Guests:

  • The graduation ceremony starts at 10:00 am and is generally completed by 11:30 am. 
  • Guests begin arriving about 1 hour in advance to obtain seats. There are no tickets if Graduation is outside. In good weather, the ceremony will be held on the Mansion Lawn. In the rare event of inclement weather, graduation will be held in the Aimee Willard Gymnasium and indoor tickets are required. The Academy plans to live-stream the ceremony, click here to access the live stream.
  • Restroom facilities will be available in the Josephine Connelly Fine Arts Center and the Fitzgerald Fieldhouse at Launfal. Signs will lead the way. 

Students:

  • Please report to the Cuvilly Gym no later than 8:30 am (If the ceremony is indoors, please report to the library).
  • A group photo will be taken at 9:30 am in Cuvilly.
  • Attire: light colored or white dress/skirt under the gown         
     -   dressy white (or bone) shoes or dressy sandals (no flip flop styles, no slides)         
     -   please bring your gown (and the cap and tassel) to school on a hanger          
     -   please bring an outfit to wear after the ceremony
  • When you arrive, go to one of the faculty stations to have a faculty member “dress” you (putting on the cap and the medal, fastening the tassel, etc.).
  • There will be a class picture taken. Anyone not attired in time for the photo, will not be in the photo. Please arrive at the Cuvilly Gym by 8:30 am to assure that you will be dressed and ready for the photo.
  • After the ceremony, and after you have finished taking pictures with your families, return the graduation attire (cap and gown) to the boxes in Cuvilly Gym. Make sure you give your name to the faculty member who is accounting for all returned gowns. You will keep the tassel.
  • Please stay inside in the Cuvilly Gym.                               
  • Guests are not permitted in the Cuvilly Gym.
  • On Friday and Saturday please check off your name when you arrive so we know when everyone is present.

In the event of inclement weather, high school graduation will take place in the Aimee Willard Gym with limited seating. A decision will be made by 8:00 amSaturday, June 2. The decision will be posted on the Notre Dame website. All will be notified by a Connect 5 phone call.

Please be aware of the times. The ceremonies begin promptly. Be aware of traffic.


Commencement Speaker

Rosemary Connors, NBC10 news anchor and reporter and a 2001 graduate of Notre Dame, has been invited to give the commencement address on June 2, 2018.

Ms. Connors received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a law degree from Temple University's Beasley School of Law.

Ms. Connors joined NBC10 in 2009 and has been recognized with three Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards for Education Reporting (2013), Continuing Coverage (2012) and Team Coverage (2011). She was also recognized with the "News MVP" award in 2012 by the Delaware County Daily Times and remains committed to covering every angle of a story, making sure that those who are voiceless have a voice.

Ms. Connors lives Notre Dame's mission and hallmarks through community service in the Philadelphia area. She serves on the board of MANNA, a non-profit that provides meals, nutrition, and counseling to individuals battling life-threatening illnesses. She is an active supporter of the Kyle Ambrogi Foundation, a non-profit that promotes education and awareness of depression in teens and young adults. Most recently, she joined the Leadership Council of Ashley Addiction Treatment, a non-profit facility specializing in substance use disorders.

In her announcement to the senior class, Dr. Dwyer said, "Rosemary Connors is a highly respected, award winning NBC10 news anchor and reporter who is among our most distinguished alumnae. We look forward to welcoming Rosemary home to Notre Dame on such a special occasion."

Rosemary's Full Bio Below:

Rosemary Connors is an Emmy award-winning anchor and reporter for NBC10 News. You can watch her live reports weekdays and see her anchoring on weekend mornings.

Rosemary is the third generation of women in her family to report the news in Philadelphia. She enjoys meeting people from all walks of life, who trust her to tell their stories.

“They are counting on me to be accurate and to make their voices heard. It’s an incredible responsibility, which I take great pride in doing. Every day when I go to work, my focus is to inform and serve the community,” Rosemary explains.

As a native of Wynnewood, Montgomery County, she appreciates the opportunity to cover the region where she grew up and went to college. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. There, she played Division I Ivy League field hockey and had a work-study position at 88.5 WXPN-FM.

Rosemary also holds a law degree from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. Her study of the law impacts her work daily. She has reported on the high-profile trials of former Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, Bill Cosby, former Penn State Assistant Football Coach Jerry Sandusky, and many others.

One of Rosemary’s most memorable reports is when the Philadelphia School District was deciding which schools to shut down due to an ongoing budget crisis. Rosemary was the first to tell this story through a family’s perspective by literally walking in their shoes to the child’s new school; it was a trip further from home and through unsafe neighborhoods that worried parents. Rosemary says this story is a reminder that it’s always important to cover every angle of a story, making sure those who are voiceless have a voice.

Rosemary joined NBC10 in 2009. Prior to working at NBC10, she got her start in broadcast journalism as an intern at The Today Show and also at NBC10. She then worked as a reporter and anchor in Grand Junction, Colorado and in Fort Myers, Florida. Rosemary has won four Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards for her coverage of a deadly prison stand-off in Delaware (2017), school closures in Philadelphia (2013), the indictment and trial of Jerry Sandusky (2012), and a deadly gas explosion in Philadelphia (2011).

Rosemary is a board member of the non-profit MANNA. For over 25 years, MANNA has been serving residents throughout the region battling life-threatening illnesses by cooking and delivering medically appropriate meals and providing nutrition counseling. Rosemary is also an active supporter of the Kyle Ambrogi Foundation, a non-profit that promotes education and awareness of depression in teens and young adults. She serves on the Philadelphia Leadership Council of Ashley Addiction Treatment, a non-profit facility specializing in substance use disorders. Rosemary also serves on the Villanova Chapter of the President’s Advisory Council at the Academy of Notre Dame, where she attended high school.

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