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On Thursday, June 3rd, the Notre Dame community celebrated with a Baccalaureate Mass for the Class of 2021. The event was held at our downtown place of worship, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph and presided over by Father Joe Kim. The event, attended by the graduates and Notre Dame faculty and staff, was live-streamed for viewers at home. You can view the event by clicking on the image above or the title.

The Notre Dame community celebrated the many accomplishments of the Class of 2021 at their Senior Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, May 27th. The event was attended by the graduates and their mentors and class moderators and was followed by a dinner celebration in Pardini Park. You can view a live-stream recording of the ceremony by clicking on the image above or the title of the article.

As a Catholic learning community, Notre Dame provides an on-campus opportunity for students to be prepared for the sacrament of confirmation into the Church. This year, 40 upperclassmen were confirmed at the Confirmation Mass on Friday, May 21st. It is traditionally held at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, Notre Dame's place of worship. The current COVID-19 situation allowed for the students and families to attend Mass in person.

Each year, the sophomores at Notre Dame are invited to listen to the testimony of a Holocaust survivor. This year, the Class of 2023 listened to Anita’s testimony, hosted by the Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) Holocaust Center. In their religion, history and English classes, the Jaguars are learning and reflecting on the Holocaust and its toll on the world. Themes of forgiveness, inclusivity and love are some of the topics they are focusing on, and Anita’s story reminded them of those concepts.

After more than a year of full remote learning, Notre Dame opened up a full hybrid learning environment for all students this week. For several months, there has been a hybrid pilot program for select students dependent on which courses they took. But starting on April 26th, a new schedule began for students who opted for hybrid learning.

Notre Dame sophomore, Malyna '23 was chosen from to participate in 2L® NextGen Program, a week-long leadership and civic engagement program for current high school sophomores and juniors.

The last time the Class of 2023 Jaguars were on campus all together was in March 2020 right before campus shut down. But on Friday, April 23, more than 90 sophomores came to campus to participate in Sophomore Breakaway Day, a day just for them to enjoy and step away from the stress of classes. They took part in a variety of activities while spending time with those they missed over the year as they prepared for the beginning of full hybrid classes for the last grading period.

Sophomore Snikitha Banda was named a Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2021 Finalist after being awarded the Grand Prize - Best of Championship Award at the 2021 Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Engineering Fair for her project “Style Transfer Augmentation: Cancer Subtype Classification using Genetic Status in Histopathology Images.” She will be competing at ISEF alongside her peers from around the world next month.

Over the past few weeks, the cast of Notre Dame’s spring musical, “Rise Up! Together We Can Overcome,” has been working hard to put together its first virtual musical. “Rise Up!” is a collection of songs from musicals that fit the overarching theme of overcoming hardships together. From Hamilton to Xanadu, this cabaret-style musical is full of songs and choreographies that are encouraging and enjoyable.

NBC Bay Area's, Comunidad del Valle, had a conversation with Carmen Barcena-Barba, Notre Dame counselor, in English and Spanish. to discuss the emotional and academic impact of learning from home and returning to school.

After noticing that many advocacy organizations tended to solely target older teenagers and adults, Notre Dame senior Catherine Tong decided to start a speech and debate course that would teach young elementary schoolers about controversial social issues and help them develop their public speaking skills at the same time. The course was taught at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library in downtown San Jose.

The Woman’s Place Project (WPP) is a Notre Dame tradition begun by Sister Maureen Hilliard 26 years ago. The project was inspired by The Dinner Party, Judy Chicago's iconic 1970's feminist project. The Woman's Place Project is an interdisciplinary project that asks each freshman to research a woman and create a table setting based on her life and accomplishments.

COVID restrictions were no match for the dauntless spirit and sisterhood of our Notre Dame students this week as they celebrated Spirit Week 2021. ASB School Council, under the leadership of president, Maddi Wong '21, brought joy and laughter to students at home and planned special celebrations for socially-distanced seniors who joined them on campus Friday.

In a year of COVID and remote learning, Spirit Week preparations have been a bit different but the enthusiasm and joy are still there! Songs have been practiced, games have been played, and the energy, even via Zoom, is high!  Spirit Week preparations officially kicked off Friday with the banner reveal! And, since gym decs are not possible this year, each class also revealed a mural featuring each student and their mentors.

We invite you to view this video, produced through a partnership between HP and NBC Bay Area, which highlights Notre Dame as the Center for Women's Leadership. It will air on NBC over the next six weeks in celebration of Women's History Month.

Notre Dame’s Facing History Student Leadership Group has been hosting a speaker series for Black History Month featuring many African American women from different careers and perspectives. Facing History members Rupali Batta ‘22 and Madeleine Lloyd ‘23 recently led an event that featured Tanya Fitzgerald, a Christian-Contemporary singer-songwriter and recording artist.

Notre Dame seniors Samskruthi Madireddy, Atreyi Mukherjee, Shruthi Sriram, Shreya Suresh and Julie Tran recently joined a prestigious group of high school seniors recognized as National Merit Finalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.  Because of their truly superb performance on the PSAT, all four young women will be considered for National Merit, college and corporate-sponsored scholarships.

In celebration of Black History Month and the start of the Lenten Season, the Black Student Union (BSU) hosted a beignet-making session on the afternoon of February 12th. Elaina Riley ‘21 led the one-hour session over Zoom after school, which was both a time to have fun and a time to learn about the history of Mardi Gras.

ND Dancers Takes Flight

February 12, 2021

On the evening of February 6, Notre Dame’s first dance show was broadcast on Youtube. The show featured Regent Collective Dance Company (RCDC) varsity and junior varsity dancers as well as students in the dance class. Modeled after the story of Peter Pan, “Flight” showcases the story of Wendy, who runs away from her parents with Peter Pan and explores Neverland, a place full of new people and creatures.

To recognize the beginning of Black History Month, Notre Dame hosted a Women of Impact Speaker Series centered around a discussion of Culturally Relevant Education. The event featured three notable black women: Dr. Felicia Mensah, Professor Gloria Ladson-Billings, and Ms. Wanda Holland Greene. Hosted by Rachel Aguilar ‘21, Notre Dame's Black Student Union (BSU) founder and president, the three women shared their thoughts on educating people about culture and racism in today’s society.

We are excited to announce the Notre Dame junior Claire Nguyen has been named the Catholic Community Foundation of Santa Clara County’s Catholic Impact Scholar. As such, she has been awarded a $5,000 scholarship towards tuition for her senior year at Notre Dame High School.

Notre Dame is proud to support Black History Month by allocating 100% of our Amazon Smile proceeds in February towards the Notre Dame Village Scholarship fund. Each Village Scholarship is comprised of a circle of 40 donors who want to take an active role in ensuring that an increasing number of Black students of African ancestry attend Notre Dame. Please use ND's Amazon Smile link (click on the image above) throughout this month and a percentage of your purchase price will automatically be donated to the Village Scholarship. Learn more about the Village Scholarship at

Notre Dame's director of college counseling, DeEnna Holohan, was recently recognized as one of only 12 recipients, nationwide, of the 2021 Counselors that Change Lives Award. The awards are presented by Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL), a non-profit organization dedicated to the ideal of a student-centered college search.

Notre Dame’s fall performance had to be a bit different this year due to the pandemic. This annual presentation is produced, directed and performed by students. Instead of having a regular play this year, they chose to have a drama festival, which is a performance consisting of scenes from different playwrights, including Shakespeare, ND students and outside sources. Stay tuned for information about viewing the result of their efforts!

Notre Dame was honored to be recognized by NBC Bay Area News on Inauguration Day and featured in their coverage of the event. Our students were sought out for their thoughts on the impact of the first women Vice President of the United States.