Congratulations to our 2020 Graduates

Author: Medieval Institute

Each May the Medieval Institute conducts an intimate, all-Latin graduation ceremony in the atmospheric Alumni Hall Chapel. This year, because of the coronavirus pandemic, the University of Notre Dame postponed its 175th University Commencement Ceremony until Memorial Day weekend of May 2021. 

While we plan to hold our official 2020 ceremony at that time, we didn't want to let this year close without honoring the hard work of our graduating class and celebrating their achievements.

The advisors of our honors major and Ph.D. graduates put together video tributes about their thesis and dissertations and offered their congratulations. The video playlist went live on Saturday, May 16, 2020, at 1:30 p.m., the time of our usual ceremony. You can watch the videos on our YouTube channel. 

The Institute congratulates all of these fine scholars on their hard work and achievements, and wishes them every success:

Undergraduate Students

Morgan M. McAviney, Bachelor of Arts with a Minor in Medieval Studies

Colin P. Vaughan, Bachelor of Arts with a Minor in Medieval Studies

Beatrice R. Hall, Bachelor of Arts in Medieval Studies with Honors; also winner of our Robert M. Conway Prize

Graduate Students

Anna Huiberdina Hilda de Bakker, who has written the dissertation: "Writing the Cistercian Office in the Thirteenth Century Low Countries"

Maj-Britt Kristina Frenze, who has written the dissertation: "Nature and the Supernatural in Medieval Romance: Translation and Transmission in England and Scandinavia"

Nicolas Daniel Kamas, who has written the dissertation: "Humbert of Silva Candida and the Byzantine Rite"

Daniel Matías Contreras Ríos, who has written the dissertation: "Primum cognitum: Bonaventure and Aquinas on the Foundations of Knowledge"

Rebecca Marie West, who has written the dissertation: "The Idea of Anglo-Scandinavian England: “Vikings” in Medieval English Memory"

Benjamin Allen Wright, who has written the dissertation: "Publishing The Imitation of Christ: The Distribution Circles of a Fifteenth-Century Bestseller"