From the Dean's Desk

Thank You! Commencement Weekend 2022

Dean Martijn Cremers

Dean Martijn Cremers

Monday, 16 May 2022
My message today is one of appreciation for all of you who contributed to our Commencement Weekend. It was a fantastic weekend that included some special events, such as Jerome Bettis’ receiving his degree, the dedication of a bench overlooking the east side of Stayer in commemoration of late EMBA student Michael Carroll, and an inspiring address by Suni Harford, the president of UBS Asset Management. Even the weather cooperated!
We conferred degrees to 1,205 Class of 2022 graduates — 583 from the undergraduate program (22 January graduates and 561 this weekend) and 628 from the graduate programs. About 10,000 guests collectively attended the College’s commencement events.
More than 70 Mendoza faculty and staff members assisted with the planning and execution of these events, not including the associate deans, the chairs and other faculty and staff who served as emcees or other capacities. I am very, very grateful and appreciative of everyone who helped out to make this weekend a fantastic celebratory experience for our students and their families.
I especially want to recognize the members of the diploma ceremonies’ planning committees. Because we changed the way we organized the ceremonies this year — hosting six ceremonies plus three receptions instead of two ceremonies and a single reception — the committees had to start at square one in making all of the arrangements.
A huge kudos to the Student Services and Facilities and Program Operations teams, and in particular their respective leaders, Christine Gramhofer and Morgan McCoy. They and their teams planned, organized and orchestrated six diploma ceremonies with three vibrant receptions over the Saturday and Sunday of Commencement Weekend. Strong leadership is what makes the difference between a good event and a great experience, and we're blessed to have two of the strongest professionals tag-teaming one of the most visible and important moments in the student journey.
Andy Wendelborn, Samantha Crisp and Teresa True played significant roles in serving as ceremony leads for our six ceremonies. They took the lead on organizing the planning committees and led them in facilitating efforts such as ceremony check-in processes, scriptwriting, graduate lineup, logistics and so much more. Amanda Rink and Laura Glassford supported the undergraduate ceremonies as well as members of Amanda's team. Joseph Torma, Meghan Huff, Jennifer McGuire, Wendy Walker and Connie Varga were instrumental in planning the Dean’s Receptions on Saturday and Sunday at Stayer.
Thanks to all of the members of the planning committees:
Corey Angst
Robert Battalio
Kim Brumbaugh
Joe Cherian
Samantha Crisp
Patrick Farran
Doug Franson
Laura Glassford
Christine Gramhofer
Ashley Heberling
Lisa Heming
Chris Henderson
Christopher Hillak
Meghan Huff
Martin Johnson
Cathi Kennedy
Cassie Kline
Jim Leady
Morgan McCoy
Jennifer McGuire
Lindsey McIntyre
Lisa Michaels
Mitch Olsen
Sherry Nadai
Maggie Neenan-Michel
Dana Pierce
Hermalena Powell
Jennifer Ransbottom
Amanda Rink
Jim Seida
Gina Shropshire
Bailey Smith
Ann Tenbrunsel
Joseph Torma
Teresa True
Connie Varga
Sandra Vera-Muñoz
Wendy Walker
Kathy Webb
Andy Wendelborn
Barb Westra
Lastly, if you didn’t attend the interdisciplinary graduate ceremony, I encourage you to watch Suni Harford’s address on the theme of “world at a crossroad.” (Her talk begins at the 46:47 mark.) I’d like to share with you two brief quotes:
"Anyone can lead, and yet not everyone leads. Leadership by any other name is courage. Courage to challenge the status quo. Courage to lead by example and asking others to do only that which you would do yourself. Courage to put others on your team first. Courage to admit that you don’t know everything. (You know a lot. But you don’t know everything.) Courage to speak up if you see something that doesn’t feel right. Courage to be inclusive, to seek views other than your own; courage to share credit. Courage to be true to yourself."
"For that is what true leadership does. Sets an example. Stands up to opposition. Inspires others. And leverages individual efforts to drive impact. And that’s the point I would like to leave you with. Everyone can make an impact. You don’t need a title. You don’t need to sit at the top of an org chart. You can lead, every single day, from your first day on the job to your last. You need only decide that you are going to make an impact."
I’m thankful to all of you who have an impact on our students, the College and the University through your commitment to serve.
In Notre Dame,


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MCOB Updates

Here is a rundown of in-progress and planned renovations:
Stayer Center
  • Improvements to the combined MBA & Executive Lounge (3rd floor) are to be completed over the Christmas break.
  • Several team rooms and lounge spaces are being added on the first floor.
  • The drink station previously located in Commons B is moving into the Servery. This will eliminate interruptions and noise that often affects guests in Commons B.
  • Once the 305 Lounge and Commons B/Servery work is complete, we plan to eliminate the drink stations at the east and west ends of the second floor, which will then provide additional social space and seating for students.
  • We soon will be seeking bids for the renovation of storage space in the lower level, adding team rooms and additional lounge/social space for students.
  • New outdoor, University-standard, sustainably produced tables and chairs are on order for the patios, along with large umbrellas.
Mendoza Building
  • A Ph.D. suite is being created in the lower level (L014B & L014C).
  • Improvements to the former MBA lounge (149/267) to create a refreshed space for Specialized Masters students will begin once we have fully moved the MBA program to Stayer.
  • In the Potenziani Family Atrium, the stock exchange trading post will be placed in storage until we can find alternate space in the future H2A renovation. Upgrades to the atrium furniture as well as additional seating/tables will be added to provide improved social space for our Specialized Masters students.
  • A new bike rack will be added this spring near Mendoza’s southwest entrance to provide much needed spaces for an increasing number of bikes and scooters
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Starting in January 2022, the new format for the University of Notre Dame's Executive MBA-Chicago (EMBA-C) extends the length of its program to two years with monthly residencies Thursday through Saturday.


The Mendoza TA & RA Marketplace is a platform designed to match faculty and staff with Mendoza graduate students who seek opportunities for work as TAs, RAs and/or student employees. This concept originated from faculty and staff who expressed frustration in easily identifying high-quality students in our graduate programs for these positions, especially one-year programs. The hope is that this platform will allow our graduate students to engage with faculty and staff in new, meaningful ways and also make the search and hiring processes much easier for all involved.


At the start of each academic year, as well as throughout the academic year, the Box folders accessible via this link will be populated with résumés of students in the MBA, MSM, MNA, MSA, residential MSBA and residential MSF programs who are interested in TA and RA work. Faculty and staff should browse résumés at their convenience, and, when a good match occurs, proceed with the normal hiring process.


The Mendoza TA & RA Marketplace will be available on the Mendoza Exchange website all academic year. Check the link frequently, as new résumés may be added throughout the year. Of course, folders also will be updated with current résumés at the start of each new academic year.

Kristen Collett-Schmitt
Associate Dean for Specialized Master's Programs

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