Notre Dame College Details 2019 Commencement Ceremonies, Related Events

Notre Dame College will celebrate its Class of 2019, their families and friends during graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 4, on the College campus.

The College will conduct its 95th Commencement with three separate programs on the one day. The degree ceremony for undergraduates in arts and humanities and business is 10 a.m.; for undergraduates in education, nursing and science and mathematics is 2:30 p.m.; and for master's degree candidates in education, national security intelligence studies and nursing is 6 p.m. All three events are in Regina Auditorium.

Tickets are required for both undergraduate programs. A campus space to remotely view the ceremonies during real time is available in the Regina Hall gymnasium. The graduate ceremony is open admission. All three diploma ceremonies will be webcast live on the College website at

Each undergraduate ceremony is followed by an open reception on the Administration Building lawn, or in the campus Keller Center in case of rain. The graduate ceremony is followed by an open reception on the Regina lawn, on the east side of the auditorium, or in the Regina Gym in case of rain.

The public will be notified on the day of the event via the College website at if programs are moved indoors due to rain. Students receive email notification.

Information on Undergraduate Commencement and Related Activities is available online at
Information on Graduate Commencement and Related Activities is available online at

If weather permits, each commencement ceremony is preceded by a formal procession of faculty, staff and students in academic regalia from the Administration Building across campus to the auditorium. The march begins about 30 minutes prior to each program. A receiving line in which faculty and administrative staff greet graduates individually also takes place immediately after each diploma ceremony, leading into the receptions.

Additional Commencement Events

Notre Dame’s annual commencement also features a Baccalaureate Hooding Ceremony and Mass at 4 p.m. Friday, May 3, in Regina Auditorium for undergraduates earning degrees. Tickets are not needed for this event. Baccalaureate, from the medieval Latin baccalaureaus, meaning advanced student or bachelor, is a prayer service occurring at a time preceding graduation. Notre Dame, in keeping with its Catholic tradition, celebrates the Baccalaureate with Eucharistic Liturgy.

The Mass takes place immediately after the hooding ceremony, during which students graduating with their bachelor’s degrees receive their first piece of formal academic regalia indicating the academic program they have successfully completed. Graduates and family members of all religious affiliations are welcome. A program designed by the Notre Dame Office of Campus Ministry assists non-Catholics in following the Order of the Mass.

The College’s Division of Nursing Pinning Ceremony for those earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing is 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, in Christ the King Chapel, followed by a reception in the Great Room of the Administration Building. This symbolic welcoming of newly graduated nurses into the nursing profession is by invitation only.

Undergraduates also will have a Commencement Rehearsal on Thursday, May 2, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Regina Auditorium. From 8-11 p.m., the soon-to-be-graduates are invited to relax and mingle with faculty, staff and classmates at PLAY Arcade & Kitchen, 5900 Mayfield Road, Mayfield Heights.

Additional information on Senior Week student engagement and other activities leading up to commencement ceremonies is forthcoming. Contact Katie Hartman, director of student engagement and leadership, at, or Tera Johnson, dean of students, at with questions.

Details on all aspects of graduation is available online at

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About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or

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