Graduate Graduation

Graduate 2015

Dear Members of the Class of 2015:

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, faculty, administration, and staff of Notre Dame College, I am pleased and honored to extend congratulations to you upon your upcoming graduation as a member of the 91st graduating class of Notre Dame College.  Your support and dedication to learning in the Catholic, liberal arts tradition are signs of your commitment to educational excellence.

Masters candidates will graduate on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 4:30 PM.  After the ceremony, which will be approximately one hour, we will gather for a celebration reception.  Please invite your family and friends to join you to celebrate your accomplishments.

We expect all our graduates to participate in the commencement ceremony.  However, if you are unable to attend we ask that you request an exception in writing by April 17.

The following information should be helpful to you in planning for this very special time.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 216.373.6393.  This same information will be available on our website at NotreDameCollege.edu/Graduation

Congratulations on this important accomplishment.  I look forward to seeing you at the celebration.  


Nicholas R. Santilli, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
Professor of Psychology


Graduate Ceremony
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Academic Requirements For Graduation:

Graduate candidates who have fulfilled all of the academic requirements for graduation are invited to participate in Notre Dame College’s Commencement ceremony.  In order to graduate, you must have completed the courses of your program and the capstone (Security Policy Studies) or your action research project (Education).  In addition, you must have earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.

Graduate candidates in the Masters of Professional Education who will complete the course requirements and action research project by December 2014 are invited to participate in the May ceremony.  However, you will not receive your diplomas until all requirements are met.

Financial Obligations:

Office of Student Accounts and Financial Aid
Office Hours:
Monday - Tuesday    8:30 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Wednesday -Friday    8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Please check with Student Accounts Receivable and the Library to ensure that all financial obligations are paid.  All accounts must be paid in full by May 8, 2015.  A graduation fee of $150 has been charged to your account.  Payment of the fee is required in order to receive your diploma and participate in commencement activities.

Exit Loan Counseling — Students who have borrowed through the Federal Student Loan Program, TEACH Grant Program, or Perkins loan program must complete exit loan counseling.  This can be accomplished online at NotreDameCollege.edu/FinAid. The exit loan counseling process must be completed by May 2, 2015. 

Graduate Survey:

The Career Services Center would like to know your post-graduation plans.  Please complete the brief online First Destination 2015 Survey accessible on the Career Services Center website at NotreDameCollege.edu/Careers.  The survey will be available beginning April 10, 2015.  Please contact the Career Services Center at 216.373.5217 or CareerServices@ndc.edu if you have any questions regarding the survey.

Purchase Of Academic Attire:

Education candidates can order academic attire at the Graduate Poster Presentation on Sunday, April 12.  Education candidates not attending the Poster Presentation and Security Policy Study candidates should contact Kristin Butterfield at 216.373.5179 or kbutterfield@ndc.edu to make arrangements for your academic attire purchase.

  • Required academic attire (cap, gown, tassel): $40.00
  • Required hood: $25.00.


Business attire is preferred.

Student Mailboxes:

Please remember to turn in your student mailbox key at the end of the semester.  Please take it to Douglas Edens in Office Services / Mailroom on the Ground Floor before April 25.

Special Accommodations:

If you or your guests require accommodations due to a disability, health, or mobility issue, please contact Katharine Pretzlav in the Office of Academic Affairs no later than Friday, April 24.  You can reach Katharine by email at kpretzlav@ndc.edu or by phone at 216.373.6393.  No more than two others may sit with those who require accommodations in the special seating area.