Graduates from the ACE program at the University of Notre Dame did not hear from the First Lady today, but another well-known figure stood in her place.
Father Theodore Hesburgh spoke to the dozens of masters graduates assembled in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
The ACE program places students as teachers in inner-city Catholic schools for two years as they study for their masters degrees in education.
Father Hesburgh commended those soon-to-be teachers on their dedication.
“I'm enormously proud of you because any good thing -- I don’t care if it’s as a mother or a priest, or whatever -- every good thing requires competence, and competence requires hard work, being ready for the task, doing it day by day, with verve and enthusiasm and joy,” said Hesburgh, Notre Dame President Emeritus.
First Lady Laura Bush was scheduled to speak, but had to cancel in order to attend former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson’s funeral in Texas.