Notre Dame to Honor Biden, Boehner

Posted: Updated:
Biden and Boehner watch as Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of Congress last September. Biden and Boehner watch as Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of Congress last September.
SOUTH BEND -

The University of Notre Dame will present Vice President Joe Biden and former Speaker of the House John Boehner with what it calls "the most prestigious honor accorded to American Catholics." The 2016 Laetare Medal will be presented at Notre Dame's commencement ceremony in May.

The university says Biden and Boehner will receive the medal "in recognition of their leadership, civility and dedication to our nation." 

"We live in a toxic political environment where poisonous invective and partisan gamesmanship pass for political leadership," said Rev. John Jenkins, president of Notre Dame. "Public confidence in government is at historic lows, and cynicism is high. It is a good time to remind ourselves what lives dedicated to genuine public service in politics look like. We find it in the lives of Vice President Biden and Speaker Boehner."

The Laetare Medal was established in 1883 and, according to Notre Dame, is awarded to a Catholic "whose genius has enobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the Church and enriched the heritage of humanity." Previous recipients include Civil War General William Rosencrans, President John F. Kennedy, Speaker of the House Tip O'Neil and actor Martin Sheen.

"In recognizing both men, Notre Dame is not endorsing the policy positions of either, but celebrating two lives dedicated to keeping our democratic institutions working for the common good through dialogue focused on the issues and responsible compromise," added Jenkins.

Notre Dame's 171st commencement ceremony will be held Sunday, May 15. Retired U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, who served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2011 to 2015, will deliver the commencement address.

  • Perspectives

    • How to Build an Effective Team

      Many leaders who are looking to increase overall productivity at their company are implementing collaborative team environments. This growing trend is backed up by a recent study that states collaborative work environments lead to an increase in overall profitability. However, teams are only effective if built correctly. Don’t expect a group of employees to work well together if you throw them in a room without cultivating any sort of trust or team building.

    More

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • UPDATE: Nestl√© Details Fort Wayne Layoffs

      Virginia-based Nestlé USA says only 40 employees will be laid off at the company's Fort Wayne distribution center. A spokesperson for Nestlé tells Inside INdiana Business a WARN Notice filed with the state incorrectly stated the facility would close at the end of the year, affecting nearly 70 workers.

    • (photo courtesy The Times of Northwest Indiana)

      Hammond Pulls 135 Jobs from Illinois

      A Hammond factory recently vacated by Michigan-based Lear Corp. didn’t sit empty for very long. Midland Metal Products has taken over the former seat factory, having relocated from Chicago after 95 years. 

    • (Image courtesy of Horseshoe Casino Hammond.)

      Indiana Casinos to Begin Sports Betting

      A pair of northwest Indiana casinos will soon add sports wagering to their offerings. Horseshoe Hammond Casino and Ameristar Casino East Chicago are both set to open sports betting areas at their respective casinos ahead of the kickoff to the 2019 NFL season.

    • 'Hottest Real Estate Markets' Include Indiana Locales

      Fort Wayne just opened its brand new riverfront Promenade Park to pomp and pageantry, hoping to make it a draw to Indiana’s second largest city. But now the Allen County community has something else to celebrate. The editors of Realtor.com declared Fort Wayne as the hottest real estate market in July for the entire country. 

    • (photo courtesy of Visit Indiana)

      CLEANPOWER Conference Coming to Indy

      Indianapolis has landed another big convention. The American Wind Energy Association is bringing the second annual CLEANPOWER conference to the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indy in 2021. More than 10,000 attendees and 600 exhibitors are expected for the four-day conference, which Visit Indy says will drive an estimated $10.5 million in economic impact for central Indiana. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, AWEA Senior Vice President of Member Value Experience...