In 1924, John H. Neeson, class of 1903 and then President of the Alumni Association, began Universal Notre Dame Celebrations as a universal meeting of all clubs on the same night. Neeson's first "Universal Notre Dame Night," in the form of a nationwide radio broadcast, highlighted the non-athletic achievements of the University's alumni and friends and, moreover, for the broader American public. The event served to nurture the University's reputation as a premier learning institution, and in fact promoted it.
Today, these events are referred to as Universal Notre Dame Celebrations, and are held to provide alumni with a "State of the University" from speakers representing all areas of the University. UND Celebrations are a key way for the University to thank alumni for their commitment to Notre Dame and provide an important mechanism to receive feedback from alumni across the world.