After receiving an honorary degree, President George H. W. Bush addressed the University of Notre Dame Class of 1992. It was his fourth visit to campus, having visited three times as Vice President, most notably for the International Special Olympics in 1987. President Bush spoke to the graduates on the importance of family to America’s social structure.

Upon receiving his honorary degree, Bush said, "It is really wonderful to be back here at Notre Dame. And whenever I visit the campus or meet a group of Notre Dame alumni, I feel this sense of family. And at Notre Dame, that truly means more than just words. I think it's at the very core of what this institution is all about. And with this honorary degree that I am so very proud to have, I am proud to become a 'Domer.' And thank you for the honor. Thank you for the privilege."

President Bush passed away on Nov. 30, 2018. He was 94. Read the full statement on his passing from University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and president emeritus Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C, here.