On Behalf of the Baltimore City Council
The Honorable Bill Henry
City Council Member, District 4
Dr. Yam, distinguished presidents, delegates, Secretary Hunter-Cevera, Chairman Gemignani and the Trustees of the University, esteemed faculty, students, alumni, and revered guests – good morning.
I bring you greetings and congratulations from the Mayor of the City of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake; the Comptroller of the City of Baltimore, Joan Pratt; and from the President of the Baltimore City Council, Bernard C. “Jack” Young; as well as from the entire City Council of Baltimore.
I am particularly enthusiastic to be here with you today given my personal connections to Notre Dame. First of all, my mother is a double alumna here - having received both her undergraduate degree and her masters in management - and is a former employee of the Library. In fact, when my sister and I were in grade school, my mother would walk us back to work with her every day after school, through the absolutely stunningly-gorgeous campus.
Second, having known how beautiful it is around here since I was a kid, when I got married, I talked my wife into a home down the street from the Library…so we've been neighbors of Notre Dame for over twenty years. Living so close to Notre Dame has provided many benefits: sledding, teaching our kids to ride bikes and play tennis, and of course, the opportunity to walk here this morning!
Third, and perhaps most fitting given the occasion, during my own undergraduate experience at another institution of higher education down the street, I took advantage of cross-registration to enroll in a course myself at the then-College of Notre Dame of Maryland, during my senior year. I stand here this morning, bringing you these greetings, only a few buildings over from where I completed “Introduction to Public Speaking” almost 23 years ago.
It is connections like these which bind Notre Dame to thousands of Baltimoreans and Marylanders. As the City Councilperson for this district, I have been pleased and proud to be a part of Notre Dame’s ever-growing commitment to its surrounding community, watching as it knits itself ever tighter to our civic and social fabric.
Notre Dame of Maryland University, under both its new name and its old one, has been one of this City’s most revered institutions for generations, and all of us at City Hall are delighted to see it continue to move forward under Dr. Yam’s leadership. Thank you.