May Degree Candidates' Information

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

Prior to graduation:



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

You may order your regalia at or place your order at the bookstore. Orders must be placed by April 24. 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

You may order your regalia at  Orders must be placed by April 24. 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, 2015 to ensure on-time delivery.

Distribution of rental gowns will be on Thursday and Friday, May 14 and 15 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 16  (8 a.m. - 9 p.m.) and May 17 (7 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.)

Return your rental gown after the ceremony to the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore on Sunday, May 17 (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) or Monday, May 18 – Wednesday, May 20 (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. 


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SENIOR SURVEYS – (Undergraduate May degree candidate students only)

Institutional Research  will send an email in March and April for undergraduates to complete their Senior Survey and First Destination Survey.  You must complete your surveys to be able to pick up your University Commencement Ceremony guest tickets on May 14 and 15. 


Please complete the Graduation Application to request your number of guest tickets no later than Thursday, March 19, 2015. 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 19 deadline.  (If you are an August 2014 or January 2015 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 16 in the Joyce Center – Purcell Pavilion.  However, an RSVP is requested through the Graduation Application. 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 19 through your Graduation Application.  Cap and gown are required.

You will receive an email from Institutional Research with a link to complete the senior survey.  The surveys must be completed to pick up the guest tickets that you ordered.

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

Diploma Ceremonies

Tickets are not required and guests are un limited for your diploma ceremonies.  However, an RSVP is requested through the Graduation Application. Cap and gown is required.

Ticket Distribution

Sunday morning, University Commencement Ceremony guest tickets:

Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore:

Thursday, May 14 - 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday, May 15       - 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. 

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

Saturday, May 16, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Office of the Registrar – 300 Grace Hall
Sunday, May 17, 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – (TBA)

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 17, after the University Commencement Ceremony. Graduate and Professional students (Law, Graduate Business, Graduate School) will receive their diplomas during their Saturday ceremonies on May 16. 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® 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 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 The request must be made no later than Thursday, March 19, or a $65 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 automatically mailed an updated Commencement Program in August 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 2015 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.