Commencement: 2011

Senior last visit to the Grotto

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 2011 Commencement Mass

Commencement Mass

Celebrants enter the Purcell Pavilion for the commencement mass.


Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame blesses a flag which will fly over campus in an annual Commencement Mass tradition

Old Glory

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 student salutes former Notre Dame head football coach Lou Holtz as the University awarded Holtz an honorary degree


A graduating senior salutes former Notre Dame head coach and ESPN analyst Lou Holtz as he is presented with an honorary degree.


ESPN analyst and former Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football coach Lou Holtz receives an honorary degree

Lou Holtz

The National Championship head coach becomes a degree holder of the University of Notre Dame.


Commencement 2011 in Notre Dame Stadium

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.


Thomas Burish, provost of the University of Notre Dame speaks at the 2011 Commencement ceremony

The Provost

University Provost Thomas Burish addresses the graduates.


College of Science Grads at Commencement


Graduates celebrate the conferral of their degrees.


Faculty stand for the 2011 College of Arts & Letters Commencement ceremony

ND Faculty at the Commencement Mass

In keeping with ancient tradition, faculty attend Commencement events wearing the academic robes of their degree-granting institution.


Former Notre Dame Fighting Irish football player Robert Hughes receives his degree


Senior Football tailback Robert Hughes is presented with his degree.


Graduates celebrate in front of Hesburgh Library


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