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Michael Rossmann named 2007 valedictorian

Author: Arts and Letters


Michael Rossmann, a double major in theology and economics from Iowa City, Iowa, has been named valedictorian of the 2007 University of Notre Dame graduating class and will present the valedictory address during Commencement exercises at 2p.m. May 20 (Sunday) in the Joyce Center arena.

Rossmann earned a 4.0 grade point average and was a member of the Dean’s List each semester. He also is a member of Notre Dame’s Arts and Letters Honors Program, International Scholars Program sponsored by the University’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Theology Honors Program, and Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honors Society.

Among his service activities, Rossmann participated in six seminars through Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns and served as a volunteer at the Our Lady of the Road Worker Drop-In Center and Logan Center in South Bend. He taught English in Uganda, where in 2005 he completed a program in Development Studies at the School for International Training in Kampala. He also studied abroad in Morogoro, Tanzania, and Krakow, Poland, where he completed programs in the Kiswahili and Polish languages, respectively.

Upon graduation, Rossmann plans to study for the priesthood, joining the Jesuits at the novitiate in St. Paul, Minn.

The Commencement invocation will be offered by Carlin Hebert, a civil engineering major from Bennington, Vt., who will graduate with a 3.96 grade point average.

Originally published by Julie Hail Flory at on April 30, 2007.