Schedule of Events

May 2015 Commencement Weekend is May 15-17, 2015.

May 2015 information will be posted in March, 2015. 

You may  view the 2014 Schedule of Events for an idea of all of the Commencement Weekend activities. Please note that changes will occur for 2015.

Future calendars can be located at: http://registrar.nd.edu/calendar/commencementfuture.php



Announcement on 10/8/2014
Due to the Campus Crossroads Project, the University Commencement Ceremony in May 2015 will be held at Purcell Pavilion in the Joyce Center, the site for the ceremony from 1969 to 2009. The 18 diploma commencement ceremonies that take place during graduation weekend will continue as in previous years. The diploma ceremonies will continue to be unticketed and have no limit on the number of guests.

The University Commencement Ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 17, at 9 a.m. Students do not receive their diplomas during this ceremony, which consists primarily of the commencement speech, valedictory, honorary degree and Laetare Medal presentations and the undergraduate degree conferral en masse.

Undergraduate students will be able to obtain 3 guest tickets for the University Commencement Ceremony.

Post-baccalaureate (Law School, Graduate School, Graduate Business) students will already have their degree and diploma conferred on Saturday. Post-baccalaureate students participating in the University Commencement Ceremony will be able to obtain 1 guest ticket for the University Commencement Ceremony and can enter a lottery for a second guest ticket.

Ticket requests, including requests for special needs seating, will open in February. This is earlier than previous years. All guests without a guest ticket to Purcell Pavilion will be provided an opportunity to view a live broadcast of the University ceremony. Alternative unticketed viewing locations for guests will be open in the Joyce Center North Dome, DeBartolo Hall and Jordan Hall. As in the past, the event will be streamed live to the web.

The Saturday evening Commencement Mass will also continue to be unticketed. The vast majority of commencement weekend events are open to all guests, and all are welcome to fully participate in the many joyous experiences of the Notre Dame Commencement weekend.

Yours in Notre Dame,
Office of the Registrar

Diploma ceremonies 2014


Announcement on 8/28/2014: Due to Campus Crossroads construction at Notre Dame Stadium, the main University Commencement Ceremony in May 2015 will be held at Purcell Pavilion in the Joyce Center. After five years in Notre Dame Stadium, the ceremony will return temporarily to the location that was used from 1969 to 2009. The 18 diploma ceremonies that take place on commencement weekend will continue at their current times and locations.

An Ad Hoc Commencement Ceremony Committee led by the Office of the Registrar and composed of students, faculty and staff was formed last spring to explore site alternatives for Notre Dame’s commencement exercises in light of the Crossroads project. After considering several locations, the committee recommended moving the May University Commencement Ceremony back to Purcell Pavilion while Crossroads is under construction.

The 2015 University Commencement Ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 17, at 9 a.m. Notre Dame students do not receive their diplomas during this ceremony, which consists primarily of the commencement speech, awarding of honorary degrees, valedictory, Laetare Medal presentation and the student degree conferral en masse. This will be a ticketed event with limited seating. Additional information regarding tickets will be provided in the coming weeks.

The 18 diploma ceremonies taking place on commencement weekend will continue to be unticketed, and students are welcome to bring as many guests as they wish to them. The Saturday evening Commencement Mass will also continue to be unticketed. The vast majority of commencement weekend events are open to all guests, and all are welcome to fully participate in the many joyous experiences of the Notre Dame Commencement weekend.