Nicole Stelle Garnett, the John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, will be featured as the keynote speaker during Holy Cross College’s 51st Commencement Exercises taking place Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
Professor Garnett looks to speak on a key aspect of Catholic education – its impact on the common good. Often Catholic schools are given the label “private”, but in important respects their mission is public.
“It was our pleasure to honor Professor Garnett by awarding her a Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa”, said Holy Cross College President, Father David Tyson, C.S.C. “Garnett has helped our local community, the state of Indiana, and indeed the nation understand why school choice is so important. Parents, especially in vulnerable communities, have a right to choose a faith-based, tradition-laden, formative education for their children,” Father Tyson went on to say.
In addition to instruction, Professor Garnett serves as an advisor for the Alliance for Catholic Education and as Fellow of the University’s Institute for Educational Initiatives, the Fitzgerald Institute for Real Estate, the Program on Law and Economics, and the Center for Literacy Education. Professor Garnett frequently speaks about education policy issues, especially as they relate to Catholic schools, and she currently serves as a consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Catholic Education.
Professor Garnett’s teaching and research focus on property, land use, urban development, local government law, and education reform. Her most recent book, Lost Classroom, Lost Community: Catholic Schools’ Importance in Urban America, examines the effects of Catholic school closures on urban neighborhoods.
Before joining the Notre Dame faculty, Professor Garnett served as a law clerk for the Honorable Morris S. Arnold of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (1995-1996) and for Associate Justice Clarence Thomas of the United States Supreme Court (1998-1999). She also worked as a staff attorney at the Institute for Justice, a non-profit public-interest law firm in Washington, D.C. At the Institute for Justice, she served as a member of the legal team that successfully defended the constitutionality of the Cleveland and Milwaukee school choice programs.
Professor Garnett received her B.A. from Stanford University in 1992, where she graduated with honors and distinction in political science, and her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1995.
Kate Palmer, a 2007 graduate of Holy Cross College, will be the featured alumni speaker. Born and raised in Verona, New Jersey, while a student at Holy Cross, Kate was a four-year member of the Notre Dame Marching Band and founded the Saints Cheerleading Squad.
As a student, Kate traveled with Holy Cross College’s Global Perspectives Program to Ghana, East Africa, returning two years later, as a mentor, leading a group of Holy Cross students as their chaperone in 2009.
Following graduation, Kate took a position at Holy Cross College as Community Relations Specialist, focusing on public relations, communications, and marketing. Following a brief stint in finance, Kate moved to New York, New York and entered the field of digital advertising, where she successfully launched and managed digital campaigns for Fortune 500 companies. Kate is currently the Director of User Acquisition for a mobile gaming company, responsible for the growth strategy and execution of mobile performance and brand marketing campaigns.
Kate Palmer has served as a member of the Holy Cross College Alumni Board since 2016.
“We at Holy Cross are very proud to claim Kate as a one of our early BA graduates. As an excellent student and as a highly engaged member of the Holy Cross College community, she set the bar high for future classes,” stated Dr. Michael Griffin, Senior Vice President of Holy Cross College. “Furthermore, Kate helped to establish what it means to be a Holy Cross graduate…that students are both educated and formed “with the competence to see and the courage to act,”‘ he went on to say of Palmer.
Holy Cross College will graduate its Class of 2018 on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 11 a.m. The ceremony will take place in the Pfeil Center’s McKenna Area, on the campus of Holy Cross. Friends and family members of Holy Cross graduates are welcome to attend. A reception will immediately follow.