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March 25, 2020

Dear Students,

It is hard to imagine our Notre Dame College campus without any students. Even over winter, spring and summer breaks, there are always students on campus.

It is strangely quiet on campus, as it is around the campus neighborhood. I imagine it is the same where you are, too. I write to let you know that we here at Notre Dame realize how difficult this situation is for all of you.

Our hope and prayer is that you and all of yours are well. Be safe, be smart and every day take the precautions suggested by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

This is not forever and will end in time. Keep the faith, have courage and consider those around you. Things will get back to normal, and we will emerge stronger, more confident and ever thankful for the blessings bestowed upon us.

Let us keep in mind the words of Martin Luther King, “We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.”

Our faculty and staff believe in you and know you have the ability to adapt to these new modes of education. They only wish they were seeing you daily to help you through these uncertain times.

And remember, pursuing a college degree is not a race, it is not a contest. It does not go to the biggest, the fastest or the strongest.

Pursuing a college degree is a journey. It is a goal that goes to those who persevere, who stay the course, who don’t give up, and who understand that it takes hard work, courage and determination. It goes to those who can overcome adversity, adapt to change and can see the light when others cannot.

And you can do it. You can make it. You’ve got what it takes.

I have faith in you and in your future.

Despite what we as a nation are confronted with – the uncertainty, the sense of loss and at times a spirit that drags us down – I am passionately optimistic about you. Each of you has the capacity to rise above this, the intellectual capacity to overcome and the strength of character needed.

And take to heart the words in Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (ESV).

John Galovic, Ed.D.
Interim President
Notre Dame College