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Notre Dame DE Ade Ogundeji Gets Graduation Letter from Mike Elston

May 16, 2020

It's graduation weekend at Notre Dame and while the University Commencement Ceremony will be online instead of on-campus, the football program is making sure its graduates are recognized. 

Notre Dame has started to release videos for each graduate and as their position coach writes a letter to them.

Yes, some will be back in 2020, but it doesn't change the fact they are getting recognized for likely the biggest accomplishment of their life. 

Defensive line coach Mike Elston took time to write a letter to defensive end Ade Ogundeji as he graduates this weekend. 

Dear Ade,

This is Coach Elston. When you came to Notre Dame, you were the skinny, but talented kid that had so much to learn, but eager to get to work. 

Your hard work and perseverance has led you not only to a very successful four years at Notre Dame, but you've set yourself up for an incredible final run this next season. 

As I have said, you've come a long way in your journey and I want to congratulate you on your most recent accomplishment of earning your degree from the University of Notre Dame. 

We have more great things to accomplish together, but this one needs a huge celebration. I wish I was there to give you a hug and tell you how proud of you I am. 

Congratulations, Ade. Go Irish.

Ogundeji will return for 2020 and could work his way into being one of the top defensive linemen in the country by the time the season ends. 

The 6-foot-4, 254-pounder broke out in 2019 with 34 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, five hurries, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. 

Ogundeji has played in 31 games for the Irish with one start, which came last year against Stanford. 

The Michigan native will graduate with a degree in Design from the College of Arts and Letters. 

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