2016-17 Academic Year Opening Mass and Picnic

Published: August 19, 2016


Opening of the Academic Year Mass

Students, faculty, staff and their families are invited to gather for the Opening of the Academic Year Mass at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23 in the Purcell Pavilion of the Joyce Center. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. All are most welcome!

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., University President, will serve as presider and homilist. Music for the liturgy will be provided by over 200 members of the Notre Dame Chorale, Folk Choir, Glee Club, Liturgical Choir, and Women’s Liturgical Choir, accompanied by the Concert Band.

Picnic on South Quad Following Mass

Please join us for a campus community picnic on South Quad from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Families welcome! Dining Halls will be closed for the occasion.

Musical entertainment will be provided by the Oblates of Blues, a band whose members are part of the Notre Dame community, and balloon artists and stilt-walkers will also be on hand.

In the event of inclement weather, the picnic can be enjoyed at either North Dining Hall or South Dining Hall.

Additional Information

Please visit the event webpage for up-to-date details on menu, parking, academic regalia, and other information.