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12 Months of Monogram: May 2014

Dec 23, 2014, 9:02 AM EDT

Monogram Club Executive Director Brant Ust ('00, baseball) with Jes Christian and Logan Renwick, two former track student-athletes who initiated the idea of the graduation stoles (Photo by Mike Bennett/Lighthouse Imaging).

As we prepare to turn the calendar to 2015, it is once again time to look back on another great year for Notre Dame and the Monogram Club. Over the next several days, we’ll continue to recap the significant Monogram initiatives, events and accomplishments from 2014. Picking up right where April left off, May was another big month for the Club… 

At the end of May, Notre Dame alumni gathered back on campus for Reunion 2014. In conjunction with those events, the Monogram Club hosted the Seventh Annual Riehle Open at the Warren Golf Course.

While it was another great reunion weekend and Riehle Open, for the Monogram Club, the biggest highlights of the month took place during commencement weekend.

Once again, the Club hosted the Fourth Quarter Farewell in the Notre Dame Stadium Press Box, providing students and their families with an opportunity to gather for one final time with teammates, coaches and athletics staff. The Saturday morning event has really grown over the past couple years, and is great way to celebrate our graduates.

2014 also marked the first time that the Club and athletics department honored graduates in a visible way at commencement. Student-athletes, cheerleaders, managers, athletic trainers and video technicians had the option to wear uniquely designed commencement stoles, in recognition of their accomplishments and contributions to Notre Dame athletics. The blue stoles featured a gold embroidered monogram on each side, with the mantra “God, Country, Notre Dame” printed on the inside collar.

Track & field seniors and Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) members Jes Christian and Logan Renwick championed the initiative, motivated by an effort to recognize the exceptional Notre Dame careers of their fellow student-athletes.

You can read more about the Club’s recognitions for graduating student-athletes in a recent football program story by clicking here. Watch Fighting Irish Digital Media’s excellent commencement recap below, featuring interviews with several members of the class of 2014 as well as Executive Director Brant Ust (’00, baseball).

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