NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Notre Dame Stadium erupted in cheers Sunday afternoon, as the class of 2014 reached a major milestone.
Thousands of proud families packed the stands to watch 1,996 undergraduates receive degrees at Notre Dame’s 169th graduation ceremony.
Rev. Ray Hammond gave the commencement address after the original speaker, Lord Christopher Patten, had to cancel for health reasons.
The ceremony ended with students turning to their families, singing and swaying along to the alma matter.
And, long after they leave campus, graduates said Notre Dame will continue to hold a special place in their hearts.
“Just the history and tradition here,” explained graduate Joseph Haskins. “It's awesome to be a part of that. And just watching the Rudy movie and then being here living it out.”
“I've loved Notre Dame since I was little, to be graduating and getting my degree in engineering... It means the world to me,” added Ellen Napoli.
The graduation ceremony was the last event held in the stadium before it switches from natural grass to field turf.
The transition should be complete in August.