May Degree Candidates' Information

The graduation action items listed below will be sent by email to May degree candidate students on Wednesday, March 5. Please do not respond or act on the action items until you receive the email. Please watch for the deadlines on many of the action items.

Prior to graduation:


March 19 -- 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Everything you need for graduation...all in one place!


  • Purchase or rent your cap and gown
  • Order graduation announcements
  • Have a graduation portrait taken
  • Have your gown pressed for the big day
  • Senior Week information
  • Learn how the Notre Dame family lives on after graduation
  • Guest with special needs? We will have information for you
  • Return those library books and check for unpaid fees
  • Visit Financial Aid representatives for information about your student loans
  • Visit the Office of the Registrar representatives

Booths from the Alumni Association, Career Center, and more will answer questions and provide crucial information. Vendors for regalia, class rings, photography, and others will also be on hand to ensure a successful graduation experience.  The Office of the Registrar staff will be available for your graduation questions.


Bachelor Set (gown, cap, tassel) $34.00
Master Set (gown, hood, cap, tassel) $63.00
Doctoral gown rental (gown, hood, tam, souvenir tassel) $125.00
Graduating from Notre Dame - priceless!!

Undergraduate and Master Gowns

Purchase your cap and gown at the Graduation Fair on March 19 at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore from 9 a.m.  – 7 p.m.  Assistance will be available if you are unsure of your size.  You will be able to purchase and take your cap and gown with you on that day.

If you are not able to attend the Graduation Fair, you may order your regalia at or place your order at the bookstore. Orders must be placed by April 25. Late fees will be assessed after that date and there will be limited availability.

After the ceremony – you can keep your cap and gown or donate it in recycling bins which will be located around campus.  Donated gowns will be recycled into furniture and carpet.

The tassel and mortar board are yours to keep.  (Master degree candidates also keep hoods) 


Doctoral Rental Gowns

Order your rental cap and gown at the Graduation Fair on March 19 at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore from 9 a.m.  – 7 p.m.  Assistance will be available if you are unsure of your size.

If you are not able to attend the Graduation Fair, you may order your regalia at must be placed by April 25. Late fees will be assessed after that date and there will be limited availability.

*Student doctoral purchases should be directed to Tricia Aschenbrenner at or by calling 574-631-1399. Price is $950.00 + tax, and includes the gown, hood and tam. Orders should be placed by April 1, 2014 to ensure on-time delivery.

Distribution of rental gowns will be on Thursday and Friday, May 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore.  If you will not be on campus until the weekend, they are also available May 17  (8 a.m. - 9 p.m.) and May 18 (7 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.)

Return your rental gown after the ceremony to the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore on Sunday, May 18 (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) or Monday, May 19 – Wednesday, May 21 (8 a.m. – 9 p.m.).  Late fees will be assessed for gowns not returned by the deadline.

Questions, please email or call 574-631-1399 Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Be a part of the University of Notre Dame tradition by wearing the Stole of Gratitude and presenting it to those who have made a significant difference in your life. 


Balfour/CB Announcements is the official provider of University of Notre Dame announcements.  Representatives will be available at the Grad Fair for personal assistance and ordering or go to  Extra announcements may be ordered at any time from Balfour.  One of the announcement options is a photograph of the graduate. A photographer will be on hand at the Graduation Fair to take photos of students in a professional portrait or in a cap and gown. Latin Honors are not printed on announcements. Only University major, minors, concentration and degree may be printed on announcements.

SENIOR SURVEY – (Undergraduate May degree candidate students only)

The Senior Survey is designed to help us determine if Notre Dame is keeping pace with your educational expectations.  You will receive an email from Institutional Research with the direct link to the Senior Survey. After you have completed the survey, you will be issued a passcode, which will be required to order your guest tickets.  You cannot order your University Commencement Ceremony guest tickets without completing the Senior Survey. 


Please complete the Student Graduation Page to specify the number of guest tickets no later than Thursday, March 20, 2014. If any of your guests has a physical restriction and requires special seating, please indicate this information in detail. The Senior Survey supplies degree candidates with a passcode to order guest tickets; however, this passcode is reserved specifically for May degree candidates. (If you are an August 2013 or January 2014 graduate please go to your instructions at the August and January Action Items web page).

Commencement Mass

Tickets are not required for the University Commencement Mass on Saturday, May 17 in the Joyce Center – Purcell Pavilion.  Cap and gown is required.

University Commencement Ceremony

Guest tickets are required for the Sunday 9 a.m. University Commencement Ceremony at Notre Dame Stadium.  Graduates do not need a ticket.  Tickets are unlimited but must be requested by March 20. 

University Commencement Ceremony guest tickets are provided to each graduate by the University, but may not be transferred for a consideration (including, but not limited to money, gifts, property).  Violation of this regulation may mean you will not be allowed to receive or retain any guest tickets. 

UndergraduatesYou will receive an email from Institutional Research on March 4 with a link to complete the senior survey.  Once the survey is completed you will receive a passcode, which you will use when requesting your tickets at the Student Graduation Page. Please remember that you must keep your passcode in order to make changes. 

Graduate StudentsPlease go directly to the Student Graduation Page to order your guest tickets.

Closed circuit live broadcast of the ceremony will be available in DeBartolo Hall for those guests who would prefer not to sit outside in the Notre Dame Stadium.

Adjustments may be made at ticket distribution.  Questions, please email

Ticket Distribution

Sunday morning, University Commencement Ceremony guest tickets:

Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore:

Thursday, May 15 - 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday, May 16       - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

You will need to present your student I.D. or other photo I.D.  Tickets will only be released to the graduates. 

Please allow yourself time to complete the Future Plans survey at ticket distribution, which should take approximately ten minutes.

If you are unable to attend these dates, you may also pick them up at the follow locations and times:

Saturday, May 17, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Office of the Registrar – 300 Grace Hall
Sunday, May 18, 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Ticket Window - west side of the Stadium

In ordering your guest tickets for the University Commencement Ceremony, we request that you be as exact as possible as to the number you need. Adjustments can be made when you pick-up your guest tickets.


Students will receive their diplomas during their respective separate college/department/school ceremonies. Undergraduate ceremonies are scheduled for Sunday afternoon, May 18, after the University Commencement Ceremony. Graduate and Professional students (Law, Graduate Business, Graduate School) will receive their diplomas during their Saturday ceremonies on May 18. Students will receive additional information from their college, school, or department regarding their respective ceremonies. Tickets are not required for individual diploma ceremonies.


Official photographers will be available for professional portraits or with a cap and gown at the Grad Fair on March 19.   

GradImages® will be the official photographers and will be taking individual photos of each graduate at their diploma ceremonies.  Proofs will be emailed and/or mailed to the students along with information for ordering prints. 

To expedite your proofs, please visit GradImages website to pre-register your contact information at or they can be reached at 800-261-2576.


Verify your degree, your name, and hometown as they should appear in the Commencement Program and your name as it will appear on your diploma.  If there is no hometown listed, we will use the city, state, and nation of your current home address.

The request must be made no later than Thursday, March 20, or a $75 diploma reorder fee will be assessed.  


Latin Honors are determined on your last semester cumulative grade point average. Your diploma and the determination of receiving Latin Honors cords from your undergraduate dean's office is based on your final spring cumulative grade point average.  Due to printing deadlines, the printed Commencement Program will state your Latin Honors based on your fall semester grades. If your Latin Honors change between the fall and spring, you will be mailed an updated Commencement Program reflecting your corrected Latin Honors. Questions pertaining to your Latin Honors should be directed to your Assistant or Associate Dean's office.


Students are required to keep their home address information current through graduation with the University. To check your current home address, log into InsideND, go to your “Student” tab, and then “Personal Information”. Any changes should be emailed to After graduation, all address changes for graduates should be reported to Alumni at If you are a student worker, please keep your home address updated for 2014 tax purposes.


Your financial account needs to be settled in full prior to the graduation date. Questions regarding financial accounts should be directed to the Office of Student Accounts at (574) 631-7113. You may go to the Student Account Balance link through insideND to view your account.

If your financial account has not been settled, a notice will be inserted in your diploma cover in place of your diploma. Once you have settled your account, your diploma will be mailed to you.


Federal regulations require that all students who have borrowed from the Federal Loan programs receive exit loan counseling. Exit loan counseling provides details regarding a borrower’s rights and responsibilities for student loan repayment, deferment options, and loan consolidation benefits.

Please go to the Exit Loan Counseling Information Page to complete this graduation requirement.


To receive your diploma, all charges assessed to your financial account before Commencement weekend must be paid in full at the Office of Student Accounts, 116 Main Building.

You may go to the “View Holds” link through insideND to view any holds on your account.