Undergraduate Graduation

Undergraduate 2015

Undergraduate Commencement Rehearsal

Thursday, May 7, 2015
Groups A & B: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Regina Auditorium

Baccalaureate Hooding Ceremony/Mass

Saturday, May 9, 2015
Groups A & B: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Hooding Ceremony / Mass
Regina Auditorium

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, May 10, 2015
Group A: 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
(Business Administration Division, Arts & Humanities Division)
Regina Auditorium
Followed by a reception 12 p.m - 1 p.m.

Sunday, May 10, 2015
Group B: 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
(Science & Mathematics Division, Education Division, Nursing Division)
Regina Auditorium
Followed by a reception 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.


March 23, 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.

This year, our commencement ceremony will mark the largest graduating class receiving undergraduate degrees in our history. A landmark event! We are committed to have this year's commencement weekend be a celebration fitting this historical event where you and your family and friends may celebrate this life-defining accomplishment.

In order to accommodate our growing class sizes and the demand for tickets to the commencement ceremony we will celebrate your accomplishments in two commencement ceremonies. This allows us to provide six (6) tickets per student to the commencement ceremony. The decision to create two ceremonies was based on our desire to respond to requests for an increase in the number of tickets allotted to students. The only way we may accommodate this request is to have two commencement ceremonies on Sunday.

Moving to two commencement ceremonies on Sunday also allows us to have our Baccalaureate Mass and Hooding ceremony on Saturday. Our hooding ceremony is an important part of our weekend celebration. Many colleges have done away with the baccalaureate hooding but we have not. This ceremony signifies your transition from college students to college graduates.

We expect all our graduates to participate in the hooding and commencement ceremonies. We ask that you request an exception in writing by April 17 if you are unable to attend. Please contact Ms. Katharine Pretzlav in the Office of Academic Affairs if you are unable to attend Baccalaureate Mass or the Commencement Ceremony: kpretzlav@ndc.edu or 216.373.6393.

The 2015 Commencement is composed of two separate ceremonies; Group A processing at 10:30 a.m. and Group B processing at 2:30 p.m. Please consult the chart below to determine your ceremony time:


10:30 a.m. Commencement Ceremony
Sunday, May 10 – Regina Auditorium
2:30 p.m. Commencement Ceremony
Sunday, May 10 – Regina Auditorium

Business Administration Division (majors include):

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • HR Development
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Public Administration
  • Sport Management

Arts & Humanities Division (majors include):

  • Communication
  • English
  • Liberal Arts Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • History / Intelligence
  • Criminal Justice
  • Political Science
  • Studio Art
  • Theology

Science & Mathematics Division (majors include):

  • Biology
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Psychology

Education Division (majors include):

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Middle Childhood Education
  • English Integrated Language Arts
  • Integrated Mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Mild Moderate Intervention Specialist

Nursing Division (majors include):

  • Nursing RN/BSN
  • Nursing BSN


Important events commemorating your upcoming graduation are:


Thursday, May 7
Regina Auditorium

Saturday, May 9
Regina Auditorium

Sunday, May 10
Regina Auditorium
GROUPS A & B: 6:30-7:30 p.m. GROUPS A & B: 10:30 a.m. GROUP A: 10:30 a.m.
GROUP B: 2:30 p.m.
This practice is mandatory if you are participating in commencement. This is a beautiful celebration and a fitting culmination to your career at Notre Dame. Take this opportunity to give thanks for all you have received and accomplished. Family members are invited to attend the ceremony and Mass. No tickets are required and all are welcome. This is a formal event and intended for adults only. For their comfort, guests with children under the age of five will be seated in the Regina Gym where the Commencement will be televised. Those unable to attend have the opportunity to view the ceremony via a live feed accessible on the graduation webpage. A reception for graduates and their family and friends follows this ceremony.


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 celebrations.  


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




Group A
Group A Ceremony
Click here for the full Group A details

Group B
Click here for the full Group B details

Academic Requirements For Graduation:

Undergraduate students who have fulfilled ALL of the academic requirements for graduation are invited to participate in Notre Dame College’s Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies.  Please check your degree audit distributed by the Registrar to be sure that you have fulfilled these requirements for graduation.

In order to graduate, you must have completed a minimum of 128 semester credits by May 8, 2015; fulfilled all General Education and Major requirements; and earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 along with a minimum 2.0 GPA in your major field.

Diplomas:  Students who have not completed their academic requirements will not receive diplomas at the graduation ceremony.

Graduation Honors:

To be eligible to graduate with honors, an undergraduate student must have all of the following:

  1. Attained a grade point average of at least 3.50 for graduation cum laude, a grade point average of at least 3.75 for graduation magna cum laude, and a grade point average of 3.90 for graduation summa cum laude;

  2. Earned 128 credits or more, including 64 from Notre Dame College, fulfilled all General Education and Major requirements; and

  3. Earned a minimum of 45 credits of upper biennium courses.

  4. Honor Cords:  Students who have not completed their academic requirements will not receive honor cords at the graduation ceremony.

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 cleared.  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.

While students may be allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony, those with financial balances will not receive diplomas or official transcripts. Once financial obligations have been met, students may request their diplomas and/or transcripts.

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 and Career Services Center:

The Career Services Center would like to know your post-graduation plans whether it is employment, graduate/professional school, military service, etc.  Please complete the brief online First Destination 2015 Survey accessible on the Career Services Center website at NotreDameCollege.edu/Careers.
The link will be available beginning April 10, 2015.  

Please contact the Career Services Center for assistance with your career plans at 216.373.5217 or CareerServices@ndc.edu.

Commencement Tickets:

Graduates will receive up to six (6) tickets maximum for guests (no exceptions). Due to limited seating, no requests for additional tickets will be taken. Please remember that guests wishing to attend Commencement will need a ticket to be admitted.

Commencement tickets can be picked up at Senior Salute. Students unable to attend Senior Salute can make arrangements to purchase academic attire and pick up commencement tickets by calling Kristin Butterfield at 216.373.5179 or emailing kbutterfield@ndc.edu.

Those unable to attend the ceremony have the opportunity to view the ceremony via a live feed accessible on the graduation webpage.

Senior Salute/Graduation Fair:

This "One Day Event" will take place in the foyer on the first floor of the Administration Building Thursday, April 9 from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. This event assists all graduation candidates in making the necessary arrangements regarding graduation. The Senior Salute will provide “one stop shopping” for all graduation needs including:

  • Purchase required academic attire [cap, gown, tassel, and hood] ($58.00)
    • Cash, Check, Visa, and MasterCard accepted
  • Pick up commencement tickets (6 tickets per graduate – no exceptions)
  • Visit Jostens table to order graduation announcements and class rings
  • Visit Career Services' table for job search advice
  • Visit Financial Aid table to obtain loan repayment information
  • Visit Alumni/Development table to learn how to stay connected to NDC

If you are unable to attend the Senior Salute / Graduation Fair, please contact Kristin Butterfield at 216.373.5179 or kbutterfield@ndc.edu to make the arrangements for your academic attire purchase.


Academic Attire includes the academic gown, hood, mortarboard (cap) and black shoes. Boots are not acceptable. Men should wear dark slacks.  Women should wear a dress or skirt and blouse (business daytime wear). Colored or opaque hosiery and long or drop earrings are not appropriate.  

  •  Gowns should be clean and pressed by the morning of the Baccalaureate ceremony.

  • Hair style must be such that the cap can be worn according to academic regulations — tassel on front right side for undergraduates.

Graduate And Professional Examinations:

Graduate and professional examinations, such as the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, and MAT enable us to assess the quality of our programs.  Please have copies of your scores forwarded to Notre Dame College by marking the appropriate place on the forms when you register for or take any of these exams.

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 immediately after your last final.

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.  Katharine may be reached 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.