Notre Dame College Honors Military Veterans On, Off Campus with Annual Ceremony

Notre Dame College is conducting its third annual campus observance in honor of those with military service among its students, faculty, staff and extended family as well as across the U.S. and world.

Members of the College community will lead Notre Dame’s Veterans Day ceremony at 12:15 p.m. Friday, November 10, in the foyer of the Administration Building on the College campus. The observance begins with Mass at 11:30 a.m. in Christ the King Chapel of the Administration Building.

The event is free and open to the public, with free parking available the lot adjacent to the site of the ceremony. Veterans Day is officially celebrated nationwide this year on Saturday, November 11.

The program once again is expected to recognize Robert J. Archer, Ed.D., associate professor of education at the College and a retired U.S. Army colonel. Archer served nearly 30 years in the military, including active duty in Cambodia during the Vietnam War and more than 20 years in the U.S. Army Reserve in Ohio.

The ceremony also will feature musical talents of College faculty and staff. Soprano Rachel Smith, Notre Dame graduate assistant in performing arts, will sing the National Anthem, and contralto Deborah Sheren, MBA, vice president of institutional effectiveness, will perform “God Bless America.” In addition, instrumentalist Justin Rowan, M.M., adjunct instructor in brass studies and music theory, will play “Amazing Grace” and “Taps.”

Student speakers are expected to include senior Jacqueline Corrigan, president of Undergraduate Student Government, and members of the College’s First Generation Center.

College President Thomas G. Kruczek initiated Notre Dame’s Veterans Day tradition in 2015, his first year as president. His father and uncles have served in the military, and his godfather was a prisoner of war in World War II. Kruczek also assists and teaches entrepreneurship to post-9/11 veterans who have served in Desert Storm and other armed conflicts.

In addition to the formal ceremony on Veterans Day, the College has a history of recognizing and connecting with those who have military service, particularly in South Euclid, through educational offerings, community service, performing arts programs and other activities.

Veterans Day, originally called Armistice Day, was first designated November 11, 1919, a year after World War I ended on the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

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For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or


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