Nov 6, 2013, 8:28 AM EDT
Aside from moving into a new office, setting up my computer, and rearranging some furniture, I’m pretty sure helping with the letter jacket ceremony was the first meaningful task I did as a member of the Monogram Club staff.
Literally. I started April 1, and the ceremony was held on April 3.
Even though I was new to the Monogram Club, and only just starting to understand what it means to be a Monogram winner, it did not take long for me to appreciate the impactful ceremony. From the smiling student-athletes trying on their jackets in the Purcell Pavilion lobby to the proud parents snapping photos up in Club Naimoli, it almost felt like a commencement weekend event—the pride in calling oneself a “Monogram winner” much the same as adding “Notre Dame graduate” to one’s résumé.
This evening, the Monogram Club will celebrate the accomplishments of more than 100 student-athletes at the 2013 fall letter jacket ceremony. Monogram Club president Haley Scott DeMaria (’95, swimming) will emcee the event, with keynote remarks from Scott Paddock (’90, basketball), and a student-athlete reflection by Forrest Johnson (’14, baseball).
The letter jacket ceremony is certainly a special event, and we look forward to sharing the best photos, videos and tweets here on the blog in the coming days. In the meantime, here are a few stories you should read:
- Monogram Club Holds 2013 Spring Letter Jacket Ceremony – Our last ceremony was particularly unique, as it also featured a surprise honorary Monogram presentation to University Vice President/Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick (’76). Former Irish wide receiver Lake Dawson (’94) provided the keynote address, and volleyball student-athlete Erin Klosterman (’15) also spoke to first-time recipients.
- Welcome To The Club: A Look Back at the Spring Letter Jacket Ceremony – One of our favorite letter jacket ceremony recaps, this blog features tweets and Instagram photos from some of the student-athletes who earned their first Monogram this spring.
- The Letter Jacket Ceremony – Posted on the blog yesterday, Pete LaFleur (’90)’s feature was recently published in the football program for the Notre Dame vs. Navy game.