Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I give or sell my guest tickets to the official University ceremonies to another graduate for their use?
  2. Can I obtain more than two guest tickets?
  3. Are guests required to be vaccinated before traveling to campus?
  4. Will housing be available in campus residence halls for families and guests?
  5. Will August 2020 and January 2021 graduates be allowed to participate in the May 2021 ceremony?
  6. Will the graduates be called forward by name at the in-person college and school diploma ceremonies?
  7. If my guests or I want to attend the Commencement Exercises on Sunday but not the Commencement Mass, will this be possible?
  8. Will masks be required at Commencement events?
  9. Will friends and families who are unable to attend in person be able to watch the diploma/hooding ceremonies, Mass, and Commencement Exercises?
  10. What happens to the ceremonies in the event of bad weather?
  11. Will photos of graduates be available?
Can I give or sell my guest tickets to the official University ceremonies to another graduate for their use?

No. Guest tickets may not be sold, transferred, or duplicated. Due to social distancing, all guest tickets will also be assigned seating. If you do not need guest tickets, please indicate as such on the RSVP form distributed the week of April 19th.

Can I obtain more than two guest tickets?

At this time, and without exception, we expect each graduate will receive two guest tickets. 

Are guests required to be vaccinated before traveling to campus?

While not required, we do strongly encourage those planning to attend Commencement as guests to be fully vaccinated by May 21, depending on vaccine availability and eligibility in their locale. 

Will housing be available in campus residence halls for families and guests?

No, the University will not offer housing to families and guests in on-campus residence halls. 

Will August 2020 and January 2021 graduates be allowed to participate in the May 2021 ceremony?

Yes, as is the University's custom, graduates from August 2020 and January 2021 may participate in the May 2021 Exercises.  However, like May 2021 graduates who do not reside in the local community, they will be subject to specific health and safety requirements, namely providing verification of vaccination and/or being tested for COVID at the University testing site immediately upon their arrival on campus. Non-resident graduates who have indicated their planned attendance will soon receive additional information from the Registrar's Office.

Will the graduates be called forward by name at the in-person college and school diploma ceremonies?

Yes. The University plans to call forward each graduate participating in their college or school diploma ceremony. The diplomas themselves will be sent by mail after Commencement weekend.

If my guests or I want to attend the Commencement Exercises on Sunday but not the Commencement Mass, will this be possible?

Yes. We plan to have a brief break between Mass and the Commencement Exercises during which those who aren’t attending Mass can be seated. Graduates and guests attending only the Commencement Exercises should enter Notre Dame Stadium by 10:45 a.m. EDT.

Will masks be required at Commencement events?

Yes, masks will be required at all Commencement ceremonies.

Will friends and families who are unable to attend in person be able to watch the diploma/hooding ceremonies, Mass, and Commencement Exercises?

The diploma/hooding ceremonies, Mass, and Commencement Exercises will be streamed virtually.  The link will be made available on commencement.nd.edu.  The University will also have multiple large screens available on campus green spaces where the Commencement Mass and Exercises will be streamed. 

What happens to the ceremonies in the event of bad weather?

In the event of rain, it is expected that ceremonies will continue outdoors in the assigned venues, so please plan accordingly.  In the event of severe weather, the diploma/hooding ceremonies will be moved indoors to either the Joyce Center or Compton Family Ice Arena, and the Mass and Commencement Exercises will move indoors to the Joyce Centers.  For any ceremony moved indoors, our priority will be to seat our graduates, and distanced seating in these indoor venuesTh will unfortunately not permit us to accommodate any in-person guests. 

Will photos of graduates be available?

As we have in the past, the University is working with GradImages to capture offical photographs of graduates at the various ceremonies.   Photographs are available for pre-order through the GradImages website and will be available for purchase following the Commencement Weekend.

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