May Degree Candidates Information
The graduation Action Items listed below were sent by email to May degree candidate students on March 2. Please watch for the deadlines on many of the Action Items.
Prior to graduation:
- Attend the Graduation Fair – March 20 Hammes ND Bookstore
- Cap and Gown Information
- Personalized Graduation Announcement Information
- Complete the Senior Survey and First Destination Survey – Undergraduate students only
- Guest Tickets/RSVP – by March 22
- Diploma & Commencement Program Changes – by March 22
- Diploma Ceremonies (college, school, department)
- Graduation Photographer
- Update your address information
- Latin Honors
- Settle your Financial Accounts
- Do you have Federal Student Loans?
- Is there a Hold on your Account?
Attend the Graduation Fair
March 20 at 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Everything you need for graduation...all in one place!
(If you are unable to attend, please check back on March 21 for further instructions.)
- 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
- Visit Financial Aid representatives for information about your student loans
- Visit the Office of the Registrar representatives
Booths from the Alumni Association, Student Legacy, Financial Aid, 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.
Cap and Gown
- Bachelor Set (gown, cap, tassel) - $35.00
- Master Set (gown, hood, cap, tassel) - $65.00
- Doctoral gown rental (gown, hood, tam, souvenir tassel) - $128.00
- Graduating from Notre Dame - priceless!!
Payments accepted - all major credit/debit cards, student accounts, cash.
Undergraduate and Master Gowns
Purchase your cap and gown at the Graduation Fair on March 20 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 Grad Fair, please check back here on March 21 for information on ordering your gown.
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
You may order your regalia at the bookstore during the Graduation Fair. If you are not able to attend, ordering information will be available here on March 21. Orders must be placed by April 27. Late fees will be assessed after that date and there will be limited availability.
Student doctoral purchases should be directed to Trish Aschenbrenner at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 574-631-1399. Price is $999.00 + tax, and includes the gown, hood and tam. Orders should be placed by April 6, 2018 to ensure on-time delivery.
Distribution of rental gowns will be on Thursday and Friday, May 17 and 18 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 Saturday, May 19 (8 a.m. - 9 p.m.) and Sunday, May 20 (7 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.)
Return your rental gown after the ceremony to the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore on Sunday, May 20 (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) or May 21-24 – (8 a.m. – 9 p.m.). Late fees will be assessed for gowns not returned by the Thursday, May 24 deadline.
Questions, please email email@example.com 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.
International Stoles are available at the Hammes bookstore March 21 - April 20, 2018.
Balfour/CB Announcements is the official provider of University of Notre Dame announcements. Representatives will be available at the Graduation Fair for personal assistance and ordering or go to CBgrad.com (you will need your student ID# to order). Extra announcements may be ordered at any time. 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.
Undergraduate May degree candidate students only
Institutional Research will send an email invitation for undergraduates to complete their Senior Survey (mid-March) and First Destination Survey (late April/early May). You must complete your surveys to be able to pick up your University Commencement Ceremony guest tickets on May 17 and 18.
Please complete the Graduation Application to request your number of guest tickets no later than Thursday, March 22, 2018. If any of your guests has a physical restriction and requires special seating, please indicate this information in detail. You can return to the Graduation Application to adjust your guest tickets anytime before the March 22 deadline. Ticket numbers can be adjusted at ticket distribution. (If you are an August 2017 or January 2018 graduate please go to your instructions at the August and January Action Items web page).
Commencement Mass - Tickets are not required for the Commencement Mass on Saturday, May 19 in the Joyce Center – Purcell Pavilion. However, an RSVP is requested through the Graduation Application. Cap and gown is required. Seating will be at capacity and overflow will be moved to the North Dome of the Joyce Center.
University Commencement Ceremony - Guest tickets are required for the Sunday morning University Commencement Ceremony at Notre Dame Stadium. Guest Tickets are unlimited but must be requested by March 22 through your Graduation Application. Cap and gown are required. The academic procession begins at 9:30 a.m. and the program begins at 10:00 a.m.
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.
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 Commencement@nd.edu.
Diploma Ceremonies - Tickets are not required and guests are unlimited for your Diploma Ceremony. However, an RSVP is requested through the Graduation Application. Cap and gown is required.
For the Sunday morning, University Commencement Ceremony guest tickets, you will need to present your student I.D. or other photo I.D. Tickets will only be released to the graduates:
Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore:
10 a.m. - 7 p.m. - Thursday, May 17
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Friday, May 18
If you are unable to attend these dates, you may also pick them up at the follow locations and times:
Saturday, May 19, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Office of the Registrar – 300 Grace Hall
Sunday, May 20, 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – (Gates A & B)
When 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.
Degree candidates will receive their diplomas during their respective separate college/department/school ceremonies. Undergraduate ceremonies are scheduled for Sunday afternoon, after the University Commencement Ceremony. Graduate and Professional students (Law, Graduate Business, Graduate School) will receive their diplomas during their Saturday ceremonies. Students will receive additional information from their college, school, or department regarding their respective ceremonies. Tickets are not required for individual diploma ceremonies; however an RSVP is requested through the Graduation Application.
GradImages® is 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 www.gradimages.com or they can be reached at 800-261-2576.
Diploma Name & Commencement Program Changes
Verify your diploma name and hometown as they should appear in the Commencement Program and your diploma name as it will appear on your diploma in your Graduation Application. If there is no hometown listed, we will use the city, state, and nation of your current home address.
If you need to change your graduation information after the deadline, please email Commencement@nd.edu. The request must be made no later than Thursday, March 22, or a $65 diploma reorder fee will be assessed.
Commencement Flowers and Graduation T-Shirts
Flowers and Graduation T-shirts with all the graduates’ names on the back will be available for purchase during Commencement Weekend from kiosks conveniently located around campus.
If you wish to pre-order your flowers to reserve your graduate’s favorite color, please go to the following link: www.commencementflowers.com/index.php/notredame
Inclusion of Name in University Commencement Program and Graduation T-shirt
May 2018 degree candidates, August 2017 graduates, and January 2018 graduates will appear in the publicly-disseminated University Commencement Program. In addition, the names of all May 2018 degree candidates, August 2017 graduates, and January 2018 graduates will be included on the back of the Graduation T-shirts referenced above.
If you wish to exclude your name from the publicly-disseminated program and the Graduation T-shirt, you must provide the signed, written Request Form to the Office of the Registrar no later than Wednesday, April 4, 2018.
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 automatically mailed an updated Commencement Program in August reflecting your corrected Latin Honors. Your diploma is printed after your Spring grades; therefore, it will have the correct 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, and search on “Personal Information”. Any changes should be emailed to Address.firstname.lastname@example.org. After graduation, all address changes for graduates should be reported to Alumni at email@example.com.
If you anticipate receiving tax documents in February, 2019, please keep your address current with the Registrar by emailing Address.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 "My Student Account" 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 Student Loans
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.