52nd Commencement

Join us as we honor our 52nd graduating class on May 17 & 18, 2019

Live Stream the event here at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, May 18th. Download the commencement program to follow along.

ScheduleFor GuestsFor GraduatesHonorary Degrees2019 Program

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Friday, May 17th
Baccalaureate Mass

Saint Joseph Chapel


Graduation Social and Dinner

O’Connor Commons Tent

(Cash bar. Please R.S.V.P.)


Saturday, May 18th

Graduation Brunch

O’Connor Commons Tent


Holy Cross College’s 52nd Commencement

McKenna Arena, Pfeil Center

(Please note: Seating opens at 1:15 p.m. for ticketed guests.

Guests without tickets may be seated following the 2:00 p.m. graduation procession as space permits.)

Holy Cross College is offering a limited number of on-campus apartments for family use.
Reservations may be made for the night of Friday, May 17, 2019.
Reservations must be made no later than April 15, 2019.
$100 donation due April 15, 2019.

Call 574-239-8404 or email jbadman@hcc-nd.edu for additional information.

Hotels within two miles of Holy Cross College:

The Morris Inn at Notre Dame 

The Inn at Saint Mary’s

Hilton Garden Inn

Quality Inn

Holiday Inn Express

America’s Best Value Inn

Waterford Estates Lodge

Comfort Suites

Staybridge Suites

Hampton Inn and Suites

Thursday, May 16
Commencement Rehearsal
Mandatory meeting for all graduates in the Vincent Lounge (Ave Brew Café)
Line up/ seating/ processional information etc.

Friday, May 17
Graduates assemble in the Basil Hall Student Union for robing and line-up
Graduates line up in pairs, no particular order

All individuals participating in the Baccalaureate Mass procession should wear their academic gowns. (No caps at this time, please. Low heels or flats recommended.)

Saturday, May 18
Graduates should wear their cap, gown, Student Government stole and/or any applicable honors cords.
Graduates report to the Vincent Hall Lounge for robing and alphabetical line-up before processing to the Pfeil Center.
(At this time, guests and family members are invited to be seated in the Pfeil Center.)
Names of each graduate will be labeled on correct seat in the Pfeil Center.
The Registrar will invite each row of graduates to stand at the appropriate time and proceed to the stage.
Graduates are asked to pause and smile as they shake hands with the Father Tyson for a photograph after having received their stole and diploma.
Graduates may then return to their seats.
The recessional will end on the O’Connor Commons.

Honorary Degrees

K.J. Martijn Cremers 

Commencement speaker K.J. Martijn Cremers has recently been appointed as the Martin J. Gillen Dean of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.  Prior to joining the Mendoza faculty in 2012, Cremers was a faculty member at the Yale School of Management from 2002 to 2012. His research and teaching areas are investment management, corporate finance, corporate governance, corporate law, business ethics and Catholic social thought. His co-authored paper “How Active is Your Fund Manager? A New Measure that Predicts Performance” (published in 2009 in the Review of Financial Studies) introduced Active Share, an innovative tool for determining the extent of active mutual fund management by measuring the percentage of stock holdings in a manager’s portfolio that differs from the benchmark index. The ‘Active Share’ measure has become widely used in the financial industry and was e.g. incorporated in Morningstar Direct and FactSet. Cremers has long-standing consulting relationships with various investment managers, including the All Pensions Group from the Netherlands and Touchstone Investments from Cincinnati. He serves as an independent director at Ariel Investments, an investment company located in Chicago, and as an external consultant with State Street Associates, State Street’s academic think tank and a division of State Street Global Exchange located in Boston.A native of the Netherlands, Cremers earned his master’s degree from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and his Ph.D. from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Martijn and his wife Liesbeth reside in South Bend, IN, and have six children, ages 2 – 15.

Arthur J. Decio

Art Decio of Elkhart, Indiana, is former chairman, president, and CEO of Skyline Corporation, a leading U.S. producer of manufactured housing. He has received presidential appointments to three national commissions and has served on the boards of more than 45 civic, religious, educational, business and financial organizations, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. He currently serves as a director of Nibco, Inc. Elkhart, Indiana. He also served as president of the Elkhart General Hospital Foundation. He was a member of the finance council for the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. Mr. Decio is a life member and past chairman of the Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board and the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation.

Among his many awards is an honorary degree from the University of Notre Dame. He is the 1989 recipient of the Howard J. Kenna Award from the University of Notre Dame and the Congregation of the Holy Cross as well as the University’s John J. Cavanaugh Award. In 1996, Mr. Decio was the first recipient of the Cross of Hope Award, presented by the Brothers of the Holy Cross and Holy Cross College.

He is past chairman and trustee emeritus of the College.


Carl Loesch

For the past five years, Carl Loesch has served as the Secretary for Catholic Education in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. He was principal at Marian High School for the decade preceding this position. During his time at Marian, Mr. Loesch earned degrees through ACE’s Teaching Fellows Program and the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program at the invitation of Bishop D’Arcy. He also has a BA and MA in theology from the University of Notre Dame.One of seven siblings, Mr. Loesch often notes that he has ‘over 100 years of Catholic education’ in his family. He worked as a wrestling coach, department chair and math and theology teacher at Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne for nine years.   He and his wife, Marie, are the parents of four boys.They are parishioners at Saint Matthew Cathedral.