August and January Graduates Action Items

Please review the Action Items listed below and watch for the deadlines on many of the Action Items. An email was sent on March 1 to August 2019 and January 2020 degree recipients.

This page is designed to guide August 2019 and January 2020 degree recipients who are choosing to participate in the May 2020 Commencement through all necessary Action Items. (Please note, if you have previously participated in May ceremonies [walked] for the same degree, you are ineligible to participate again.)

If you do not recall your insideND password for entry into the Graduation Application, please supply OIT Help Desk (574-631-8111) with your name, netID, ndID, Date of Birth, and your Registrar listed address or phone number. If you are within the area, you must go to the Help Desk in person.

Prior to graduation:

Cap and Gown - order at: 

  • 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's Gowns

Purchase your cap and gown at the Graduation Fair on March 17 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 for information on ordering your gown (coming soon).

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 is at ( Orders must be placed by Friday, April 17. Late fees will be assessed after that date and there will be limited availability.

Student doctoral purchases should be directed to Trish Aschenbrenner at or by calling 574-631-1399. Price is $999.00 + tax, and includes the gown, hood and tam. Orders should be placed by April 7, 2020 to ensure on-time delivery.

Distribution of rental gowns will be on Wednesday-Friday, May 13-15 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore.  If you will not be on campus until the weekend, they are also available Saturday, May 16  (8 a.m. - 9 p.m.) and Sunday, 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 May 18 – 21 (8 a.m. – 9 p.m.).  Late fees will be assessed for gowns not returned by the Thursday, May 21, 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. ($37.00)

International Stoles will be available to order at the Notre Dame Hammes Bookstore beginning March 17 ($37.00).

Personalized Announcements

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 (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.

Diploma Name & Commencement Program Changes

As a previous graduate, you had the opportunity to change your name and hometown during your graduating semester.  The links below will provide another look at the name and hometown you chose for your diploma and/or Commencement program.

If you would like to change your hometown listing for the Commencement program, please use the Graduation Application. The deadline is Thursday, March 19.  August and January graduates have already received their diplomas.  For diploma name changes or replacement diploma requests, please visit the Diploma Information website.

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:

Inclusion of Name in University Commencement Program and Graduation T-shirt

May 2020 degree candidates,  August 2019 graduates, and January 2020 graduates will appear in the publicly-disseminated University Commencement Program. In addition, the names of all May 2020 degree candidates, August 2019 graduates, and January 2020 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 1, 2020.

Address Information

Graduates are encouraged to keep their home address information current with the University. To update your address, please email Alumni at

If you anticipate receiving tax documents in February, 2020, please keep your address current with the Registrar by emailing

Graduation Photographer

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 or they can be reached at 800-261-2576.