NOTE: Here's a follow-up post with my reflections on this matter.
The South Bend Tribune, the daily newspaper in the land of the Fighting Irish, reports:
President Barack Obama will deliver the commencement address May 17 at the University of Notre Dame.I'm a Domer, a Notre Dame graduate (M.A. Theology/Liturgical Studies, '80), and worked in the ND Office of Campus Ministry for three years. That job found me on the commencement platform in 1981 when President Ronald Reagan received an honorary degree. Reagan's presence on campus sparked some controversy but I'll wager that was nothing compared to what we're going to see when Obama steps under the Notre Dame mantle.
Obama will be the principal speaker and the recipient of an honorary doctor of laws degree at the university’s 164th commencement ceremony, which will be in the Joyce Center, Notre Dame officials announced Friday.
Obama will be the ninth U.S. president to be awarded a Notre Dame honorary degree and the sixth to be the commencement speaker.
(complete report here)