Commencement brings Notre Dame dining's biggest challenge

Dining services works extra hard to make celebrations a success.

May 17—Commencement weekend at Notre Dame University is a time of celebration for graduating students and their families, and dining services knows that good food is a must.

Executive Chef Donald Miller said Food Services personnel recognize the important role their work serves in the overall celebration of commencement weekend.

“We understand this is very important to the parents and students,” Miller said. “It’s not just about cooking good food. We do everything we can to make the weekend successful and memorable.”

Commencement weekend is busier than a typical weekend or even a football weekend, Lisa Wenzel, assistant director for catering and special events, said.

Wenzel said commencement weekend requires the most meals of any weekend, though Junior Parents Weekend and the Alumni Reunion Weekend are comparable.