Archive for May, 2013

Tell the World Our Secret

Posted on May 22, 2013 in ND News, Young Alum Life

Elle Metz

Young Alumni Programs Manager

This past weekend was Commencement at ND. The Class of 2013 are now officially young alums–WELCOME! For me, the weekend marked one year since I graduated. These past 12 months may have been the quickest I have experienced. It was surreal sitting in the stands of the stadium at Commencement as I watched friends receive graduate degrees rather than bachelors. I swear I was just sitting down there in my cap and gown. Moments in time like this – the kind that cause waves of nostalgia and represent definite endings (and beginnings) – are always an excellent reminder that life passes so quickly. We need anniversaries like this to remind us how blessed we are and to remain present.

Speaking of rampant emotions, the ceremony itself was a tear-jerker. For those of you who couldn’t be there, check out this amazing 2 minute recap video. Highlights include Cardinal Dolan proving he has a bit of experience public speaking (all those homilies). His speech was genuine, succinct and pinpointed just what makes Notre Dame special. And Father Jenkins reminding all of us that we will always have a home at Notre Dame. If you don’t get chills while watching it, I would be concerned.

As Cardinal Dolan observed, “here our goal is not just a career but a call. Not just a degree but discipleship. Not just what we’ve gotten but what we’re giving. Not just the ‘I’ but the ‘we.’ Not just the grades but the Gospel….There indeed is the secret of Notre Dame….tell the world our secret. Congratulations!”

Think about these words. No matter how long it has been since we graduated, as Notre Dame alumni, it is indeed our duty to tell the world our secret. Notre Dame stands for something more. It grounds itself first in faith and service to others. It nurtures lifelong friendships and values intellectual growth. Remind yourself of that when the day-to-day grind gets tough or you feel lost or you’re getting too caught up in your own problems. Remind yourself of the Notre Dame spirit that you experienced during your four years on campus. Spread that spirit in your daily actions and interactions. Tell the world our secret.