Opening of the Academic Year Mass in Celebration of Notre Dame's 175th Anniversary

Saturday, August 26, 2017

11:30 a.m.
Mass on Bond Quad

12:30 p.m.
Picnic on South Quad


All are welcome to gather for Mass at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 26 on Bond Quad as we celebrate Notre Dame’s 175th anniversary and open the academic year.

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., University President, will serve as presider and homilist. Music for the liturgy will be provided by over 120 members of the Notre Dame Folk Choir and Notre Dame Liturgical Choir accompanied by the Quintessence Brass Ensemble, percussion, and organ.

The Mass marks the conclusion of the Notre Dame Trail. While Trail participation is not required to attend the Mass and picnic, if you would like to walk the final three miles of the Trail to campus that morning, meet at South Bend’s Howard Park at 8:30 a.m. Learn more and register for the Trail at

In the event of inclement weather, the Mass will take place in the Purcell Pavilion of the Joyce Center. 



Students enjoy Opening picnic

Please join us for a picnic on South Quad from 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Various food stations will be offered, and the menu can be found here. Dining halls will be closed for the occasion.

Family friendly activities will be provided including yard games, face painters, balloon artists and more. Live music will be provided by the following artists:

1:00 p.m. — Zach Dubois Band

1:30 p.m. — Kat Quinn

2:15 p.m. — Harmonia

2:25 p.m. — Glee Club

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. — Headliner Gaelic Storm

In the event of inclement weather, the picnic can be enjoyed at the Notre Dame Stadium concourse.


Parking and Shuttles

Attendees are encouraged to park in the Joyce Center lots. Shuttles and courtesy carts will be available.

For those walking the final day of the Notre Dame Trail from South Bend's Howard Park to campus, shuttles will be available.