Gates Speaks at University of Notre Dame Commencement

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates speaks during the University of Notre Dame commencement ceremony in South Bend, Ind., May 22, 2011. Gates told graduates that the size and strength of the U.S. military will be key to U.S. success in the 21st Century.  DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates addresses the University of Notre Dame Class of 2011 during the school's commencement ceremony in South Bend, Ind., May 22, 2011.   DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates receives an honorary degree during the University of Notre Dame commencement ceremony in South Bend, Ind., May 22, 2011.   DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates receives an honorary degree during the University of Notre Dame commencement ceremony in South Bend, Ind., May 22, 2011. DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • University of Notre Dame architecture graduates display their creative designs on top of their caps during the school's commencement ceremony in South Bend, Ind., May 22, 2011. DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Sister Mary Scullion addresses the University of Notre Dame Class of 2011 during the school's commencement ceremony in South Bend, Ind., May 22, 2011. Scullion is an advocate for homeless and mentally ill people. DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Graduates of the University of Notre Dame class of 2011 celebrate during the conferral of degrees during the school's commencement ceremony in South Bend, Ind., May 22, 2011.   DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Graduates of the University of Notre Dame Class of 2011 and the audience sing the school song during the university's commencement ceremony in South Bend, Ind., May 22, 2011. DOD photo by Cherie Cullen