Faculty Information

Notre Dame commencement ceremony to remain in stadium; delayed one hour

It honors your students and is appreciated by their family members and friends when you fully participate in Commencement Weekend activities. I would draw your attention to the two major University events during the weekend, the Commencement Mass and the University Commencement Ceremony.

The 2017 Commencement Mass is on Saturday, May 20, at 5:00 p.m. The University Commencement Ceremony is on Sunday, May 21, at 9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

Please review the detailed faculty and rector instructions for both the Mass and the University Commencement Ceremony prior to Commencement Weekend. If you plan to attend, the deadline to order a FACULTY TICKET through the email that was sent to you on May 2, is MAY 10.

Emeriti faculty are also invited to attend. Please follow the same instructions.

Faculty and Rector Information:

Professional Ceremonies (Law, Graduate School, Graduate Business)
Saturday, May 20 - times and locations

  • Academic Robe

Commencement Mass
Saturday, May 20 at 5:00 p.m. (faculty line-up at 4:10 p.m.)

  • Academic Robe

University Commencement Ceremony
Sunday, May 21 at 9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. (faculty and rectors report to the north entrance of the Hesburgh Library at 7:15 a.m. 8:15 a.m. to go through the magnetometers - please bring your FACULTY TICKET)

  • Academic Robe
  • Commencement Tickets are required if you are marching in the Academic Procession. Information will be sent to you regarding Faculty Ticket distribution.

Undergraduate Diploma Ceremonies
Sunday, May 21 in the afternoon

  • Academic Robe


Academic robes are required for both the Saturday Commencement Mass and professional ceremonies, the Sunday University Commencement Ceremony, and the individual undergraduate college diploma ceremonies.

If you do not plan to use your own cap and gown, you can order a cap and gown rental at the bookstore. Ordering information will be available in March.


Note: Faculty Marshals will only be reimbursed for the non-Notre Dame black doctoral, master's, or bachelor's regalia.