The Last Visit
The senior class makes their last visit to the Grotto, a longstanding Notre Dame tradition.
Celebrants enter the Purcell Pavilion for the commencement mass.
So here’s a tradition of which your humble narrator was unaware. This is the blessing of the Flag which will fly over campus for the rest of the year.
A graduating senior salutes former Notre Dame head coach and ESPN analyst Lou Holtz as he is presented with an honorary degree.
The National Championship head coach becomes a degree holder of the University of Notre Dame.
Commencement in the Stadium
For the second straight year, the Commencement ceremony was held inside Notre Dame Stadium where the seating is plentiful and the weather is always partly cloudy and 65.
University Provost Thomas Burish addresses the graduates.
Graduates celebrate the conferral of their degrees.
ND Faculty at the Commencement Mass
In keeping with ancient tradition, faculty attend Commencement events wearing the academic robes of their degree-granting institution.
Senior Football tailback Robert Hughes is presented with his degree.
Our intrepid hero ventured inside the still under construction Compton Center recently. The arena will finally provide the long-promised permanent home for ND’s hockey team. From the delightfully user-friendly und.com:
The state-of-the-art, 5,000-seat arena, was made possible by a generous lead gift from Kevin and Gayla Compton, who also own the San Jose Sharks of the NHL. The Compton Family Center, scheduled to open its doors in October 2011, will include offices, a locker room and weight and cardio training facilities for the Notre Dame hockey program. (Source)
Among other things, the center features a barrel-vaulted roof and facade that I suspect was heavily influenced by the design of the old Fieldhouse which was constructed in 1898 and finally torn down in the early eighties (i think) to make way for what students now call “Stonehenge.” No one has confirmed the architectural inspiration for me, that’s just my guess.
This is the east facade of the arena. Drivers approaching campus from Mishawaka on Edison Road would be presented with this segment of the building. I have to assume that this will look spectacular when lit up during games at night, and those giant windows are just screaming for big-ass banners*.
*This is a technical term that roughly means “large”
Our man on the scene (with camera) was on the spot at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center for a recent performance of the Marriage of Figaro.
The Decio Mainstage Theater plays host to a performance of The Marriage of Figaro. The Decio is one of the performance spaces in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on campus.
A performer in the opera The Marriage of Figaro.
Brian Smith and Ian Williams
Kyle Rudolph demonstrates his blocking skills
Kerry Neal and Chris Stewart
Duval Kamara hauls in a pass while Kyle Rudolph looks on
A great illustration of the sheer scale of some of the logistical challenges at Notre Dame. This is a stack of boxed lunches for students and parents during Freshman Orientation last fall. As you can see, the lunches stack up 12-15 high, three deep and stretch basically the whole length of Heritage Hall in the Joyce Center. Impressive.
The Word of Life Mural (that all but five people on the planet call Touchdown Jesus) went dark on Sunday in observance of Earth Hour. Apparently, no street lamps were affected.
(Augusta is not the only place where they wear the green jacket).
The Leprechaun and the ND Pep Band (2011)
I was flipping through Matt’s Winter Sports Gallery the other day and I thought it was cool how much this picture of the leprechaun with the pep band reminded me of the image of the leprechaun signing autographs at last year’s Blue and Gold Game.
Signing Autographs at the Blue and Gold Game