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

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

What ADA accommodations are available for graduates and guests?

Notre Dame will accommodate individuals with ADA and special needs.

  • Should a graduate require ADA seating that allows for wheelchair access or other special needs, please email commencement@nd.edu if you have not already done so.
  • If a guest requires ADA seating such as wheelchair access or other special needs and this request was not made when the graduate reserved their guest tickets, please email commencement@nd.edu as soon as possible so that we can accommodate your request.

All entrances to Notre Dame Stadium are ADA accessible and lead to ADA seating. For additional ADA requests during the University Mass or University Commencement Ceremony, ushers will be available to assist. Additionally, you may request ADA seating by finding Ticket Resolution booths located at gates A, B, D, and E. The diploma ceremonies at the Notre Dame Stadium Ticket Resolution booths are located at Gates B and D. The Ticket Resolution booth at the Eck Baseball Stadium will be at the entrance.

The diploma ceremonies, University Mass and University Commencement Ceremony will be signed by an American Sign Language Interpreter, in a specific location, for those with hearing impairments. All events in the Notre Dame Stadium will have closed captioning.

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. 

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?
  • As previously announced, given that 90% of our graduates are fully vaccinated, masking is optional for fully vaccinated graduates at the official Commencement ceremonies. We urge those graduates who are not vaccinated and those who feel more comfortable masking to do so. 
  • Based on guidance from our local public health officials, family members and guests are asked to wear masks at all Commencement ceremonies. 
  • Seating for graduates will be physically distanced, 3 feet apart.  Any graduate who would like seating that is 6 feet distanced should email commencement.  Seating for guests will be 6 feet between family groups. 
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?

Please note that if rain is falling or likely (but not severe weather), Commencement ceremonies will still be held outdoors.  A rain poncho will be provided to each graduate, and guests are encouraged to bring rain gear.

In the case of Severe Weather, the decision to implement the Severe Weather Plan and move indoors will be announced by 7:00 a.m. EDT on Sunday, May 23. If the ceremonies are moved to the Joyce Center (Purcell Pavilion), or delayed, a message will be sent to graduates via cell phones registered with the ND Emergency Alert system. A notice will also be posted on the Commencement website (commencement.nd.edu) and announced on local television stations. 

For additional information regarding severe weather, please go here

 

Will photos of graduates be available?

As we have in the past, the University is working with GradImages to capture official 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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