May Degree Candidates Information

Please review the Action Items listed below and watch for the deadlines on many of the Action Items. 

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 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 available at ( Orders must be placed by 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 are available to order at the Hammes bookstore March 17 - April 7, 2020. ($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.

    Latin Honors and University major, minors, concentration, and degree may be printed on announcements.

    Senior Surveys

    Undergraduate May degree candidate students only

    Institutional Research will send an email invitation for undergraduates to complete their Senior Survey (mid-March) and First Destination Survey (late April/early May). 


    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.

    Diploma Name & Commencement Program Changes

    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.  

    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.

    Latin Honors

    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. Your diploma is printed after your Spring grades; therefore, it will have the correct honors. Questions pertaining to your Latin Honors should be directed to your Assistant or Associate Dean's office.

    Address Information

    Students are required to keep their home address information current through graduation with the University. To check your current home address, log into insideND, and search on “Personal Information”. Any changes should be emailed to After graduation, all address changes for graduates should be reported to Alumni at

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

    Financial Account

    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 "My Student Account" 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 Student Loans

    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.