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Undergraduate Graduation

Thursday, April 7
Building Foyer


Thursday, May 5
Regina Auditorium

Friday, May 6
Regina Auditorium


Saturday, May 7
Regina Auditorium

11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
6:30-7:30 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

GROUP A: 10:00 a.m.

Students must be present for line up at 9:15 a.m.
Administration Bldg. – PAC

GROUP B: 2:00 p.m.

Students must be present for line up at 1:15 p.m.
Administration Bldg. – PAC

This event is where
you will pick up your
graduation tickets
and purchase your
academic regalia.

Please note that
tickets will only be
issued to those who
purchase regalia.

This practice is
mandatory if you
are participating in
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.


Spring 2016 Commencement -- Saturday, May 7

Group A


10:00 a.m. Commencement

Saturday, May 7 – Regina Auditorium

Students must be present for line up at 9:15 a.m.
Administration Bldg. – PAC

Group B


2:00 p.m. Commencement

Saturday, May 7 – Regina Auditorium

Students must be present for line up at 1:15 p.m.
Administration Bldg. – PAC


  • Business Administration Division
  • Arts & Humanities Division


  • Science & Mathematics Division
  • Education Division
  • Nursing Division


All students wishing to graduate must complete an intent to graduate. The form is located under the academics tab upon login to MyNDC.



Undergraduate students who have fulfilled all of the academic requirements for graduation and/or have been cleared by the Office of the Registrar 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, including 45 upper biennium credits, by May 4, 2016; 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.



To be eligible to graduate with Latin 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.



Office of Student Accounts and Financial Aid

(216) 373-5213

Office Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

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 6, 2016.  A graduation fee of $150 will be charged to your account. Students will not be billed until March 2016. 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 https://studentloans.gov/. The exit loan counseling process must be completed by April 30, 2016. 



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 2016 Survey accessible on the Career Services Center website at NotreDameCollege.edu/careers.

The link will be available beginning April 11, 2016. 

Please contact the Career Services Center for assistance with your career plans at (216) 373-5217 or careerservices@ndc.edu.



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 will be distributed at Senior Salute. Students unable to attend Senior Salute must make arrangements to purchase academic attire and pick up commencement tickets by calling Kristin Butterfield at (216) 373-5179 or e-mail 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 NotreDameCollege.edu/graduation.



This "One Day Event" will take place Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM in the Administration Building – First Floor – Foyer. This event assists all undergraduate candidates in making the necessary arrangements regarding graduation.  The Senior Salute will provide “one stop shopping” for all graduation needs including: 

  • Purchase and pick up required undergraduate academic regalia (cap, gown, tassel, and hood): $58.00
    • Cash, Check, Major Credit Cards 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, or if you are away from the Notre Dame College area you can order your academic regalia online for shipment directly to your home. Please use this link to order directly from Jostens.

Please contact Kristin Butterfield (216) 373-5179 or kbutterfield@ndc.edu to make arrangements for commencement ticket procurement. 


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. Since the graduation gowns are made of polyester, ironing directly on it can melt the fabric. Turn the gown inside out and place a white towel over the fabric and iron over the towel on the warm setting. Try not to hold the iron in one spot for too long to prevent scorching.
  • 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, 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.



Please remember to turn in your student mailbox key at the end of the semester.  Please take it to Office Services / Mailroom on the Ground Floor immediately after your last final.



If you or your guests require accommodations due to a disability, health, or mobility issue, please contact Ashley Maher in the Office of Academic Affairs no later than Friday, April 22.  Ashley may be reached by email at amaher@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. 

Other Important Details


A professional photographer from Jim Venditti Photography Inc. will take a picture of each graduate receiving his or her diploma during May commencement ceremonies. For more information, contact Venditti Photography at 440.232.7575.

In addition, snapshots from the 2015 ceremonies are available on the College Flickr site and videos from the event will be available for viewing on the Notre Dame website.



Graduation announcements and class rings are optional and can be ordered online through Jostens.



Notre Dame-designed diploma frames are available online through University Frames.


May 1
3:00 PM
Sunday May 1, 3:00pm
Regina Auditorium
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