Global Celebration of Notre Dame Begins April 27

Notre Dame Day logoThe University of Notre Dame family will gather April 27 (Sunday) to celebrate the first-ever Notre Dame Day and have the opportunity to watch, connect, give and vote in a way that’s never been done at Our Lady’s University.

The event will launch at 18:42 (6:42 p.m.) April 27 in a nod to the founding year of the University, and end at midnight April 28. By way of a 29-hour streaming webcast, social media efforts, on-campus events and global participation, the Notre Dame community will share stories from across the University.

The show will be streamed live on the web from LaFortune Student Center on campus and feature exclusive interviews, celebrities, performances and coverage from Notre Dame clubs and locations around the world.

“The accomplishments of our students, faculty, staff and alumni are so remarkable and inspiring, and we want to share those with the entire Notre Dame family,” said Amy Schell, director of annual giving marketing. “The web-based broadcast will represent almost every dimension of the University with a truly global reach.”

Notre Dame Day will also provide the opportunity for participants to make a gift and subsequently vote to direct a portion of more than $250,000 in challenge funds to their areas of greatest interest at the University. Donors will be able to vote for residence halls, academic majors, athletics teams or any of more than 300 other organizations at Notre Dame.

Holy Cross will be highlighted several times throughout the celebration.

  • At 7 a.m. Monday, there will be a tour of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and an interview with Rev. David Scheidler, C.S.C., Campus Ministry chaplain.
  • The noon Monday spotlight will feature Rev. Pete McCormick, C.S.C., and rectors. Fr. McCormick is chaplain to the men’s basketball program and campus minister and program manager. He is a priest in residence at Stanford Hall.
  • The 8 p.m. Monday spotlight is The Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.
  • Rev. Paul Doyle, C.S.C., will be interviewed at 11 p.m. Monday, when the broadcast will include a live visit to the Log Chapel. Fr. Doyle is rector of Dillon Hall and associate rector of the Basilica.

Students will compete in hourly Residence Hall Challenges with $1,000 in prizes at stake between the halls for the on-campus competition. Hourly online voting challenges will enable those off-campus to support specific residence halls as well. Additional on-campus events include a student picnic on the North Quad, a golf challenge at the nine-hole golf course, and the Notre Dame Day hub at LaFortune Student Center.

The date of Notre Dame Day marks a significant event in the history of the University. On April 23, 1879, a fire destroyed the Main Building, and therefore the majority of the campus. On April 27, Rev. Edward F. Sorin, C.S.C., the University’s founder, returned to Notre Dame and vowed to rebuild it, bigger and better than ever.

“Father Sorin had a vision that Notre Dame would be a powerful means for good,” said Schell. “Notre Dame Day enables us to come together to celebrate all that we have accomplished, while looking ahead with a commitment to Father Sorin’s vision and the mission of Our Lady’s University.”

To preview the broadcast schedule and on-campus events, and for more information, go to

Contact: Amy Schell, Director, Annual Giving Marketing and Operations, 574-631-2297,

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