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2021 Graduates

Important Commencement Details
Class of 2021 Graduates


Class of 2021 Ceremonies
Friday, May 7 & Saturday, May 8, 2021

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, faculty, administration and staff of Notre Dame College, we are pleased and honored to extend congratulations to you upon your upcoming graduation as a member of the 97th graduating class of Notre Dame College.

Below will be information specific to our graduates for what they need to know to finish their last semester at Notre Dame and for the ceremony. This page of information is for graduates who have degree conferrals in August 2020, December 2020 and Spring 2021. If you are a graduate with a degree conferral of August 2019, December 2019 and May 2020, click here for information:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Academic Affairs.


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 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 the completed degree and major requirements for your catalog and earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 along with a minimum 2.0 GPA in your major field. The student must have earned at least 120-semester credits, including 60 from Notre Dame College.



Students who have fulfilled all of their academic requirements for graduation will receive their diploma in the mail 4-6 weeks after Commencement. The College confers degrees at the end of each semester: Spring, Summer and Fall.



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. Completed all degree and major requirements for your catalog including requirements to earn Latin honors; and
  3. All upper biennium credits as required in your catalog.


Office of Student Accounts and Financial Aid
Office Hours: Monday – 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. A non-refundable graduation fee of $150 (which covers the cost of degree audits and evaluations, the diploma, diploma cover and shipping supplies and expenses and the Commencement ceremony) will be charged to your account, but students will not be billed until March 2021. Payment of the fee and any balance is required in order to receive your diploma and order official transcripts. Diplomas will be mailed out 4-6 weeks after Commencement. Once a student has paid off their balance, they can request their diploma and/or official transcripts.

Exit counseling for federal Direct Loan (subsidized and unsubsidized Direct Loans) can be completed at Exit counseling for Perkins Loan should be completed at TEACH exit counseling should be completed at The exit loan counseling process must be completed by April 30, 2021.



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 2021 Survey accessible on the Career Services Center website at The link will be available end of March/early April.

Please contact the Career Services Center for assistance with your career plans at



Graduates will receive up to two tickets maximum for guests (no exceptions). Due to limited seating, no requests for additional tickets will be taken. After not being able to hold the May 2020 commencement ceremonies due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commencement Committee has determined that the only way to hold in-person ceremonies this May is to establish very restrictive attendance limits to comply with social distancing guidelines. Please remember that guests wishing to attend Commencement will need a ticket to be admitted. Those who are unable to attend have the opportunity to view the ceremony via a live feed from the Notre Dame College website (



Cap and Gown Purchase: (Please note, this purchase is NOT included in the graduation fee.)

  • Online ordering is now open for purchasing caps and gowns: ORDER DEADLINE IS APRIL 15, 2021 (no exceptions)
  • Bachelor’s and Master candidates must order caps and gowns directly from Jostens for home delivery:
  • Required academic attire unit (cap, gown, tassel, plus tax & shipping): Bachelor Unit = $42.17, Master Unit = $44.38
  • A credit card is required for the purchase
  • Candidates will be shipped cap, gown and tassel
  • Candidates will receive their academic hood at the commencement ceremony
  • Questions? Contact Kristin Butterfield


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).

Gowns should be clean and pressed by the morning of the 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.



Graduates are required to be in Keller Gym in the Keller building to line up for the ceremony, at the latest 45 minutes before their assigned ceremony begins. If there is inclement weather, graduates will go right to their seats under the tent in Keller Lot. Graduates will be notified of the rain plan for the lineup via signage on campus and NDC email messaging.



There will be many events taking place for seniors leading up to Commencement. Student Affairs staff, along with you a few of your peers, are currently planning a fun-filled series of events! Look out for an email coming in early April that will outline the schedule of events.

Please contact Katie (Hartman) Mazanetz, director of student engagement & leadership (, with any questions regarding Senior Week.



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.



You must return your student mailbox key at the end of the semester. Please return to Office Services/Mailroom on the Administration Building Ground Floor immediately after your last final.



Date & TimeEventLocation
End of March/
Early April
First Destination SurveyAccess survey link: or visit Career Services Center
Friday, April 16Deadline for absence request from CommencementOffice of Academic Affairs:
Friday, April 30Deadline for completing Exit Loan Counseling InterviewFinancial Aid Office
Monday, May 3Deadline for meeting all financial obligationsStudent Accounts Office
Thursday, May 6
7:00 p.m.
Commencement Ceremony for Fall 19, Summer 19, & SP 2020 GraduatesKeller Lot
Line up: Keller Gym at TBD
Friday, May 7
4:00 p.m.
Science & Math
Division Ceremony
Keller Lot
Line up: Keller Gym at 3:15 p.m.*
Friday, May 7
7:00 p.m.
Division Ceremony & Pinning
Keller Lot
Line up: Keller Gym at 6:15 p.m.*
Saturday, May 8
10:00 a.m.
Arts & Humanities
Division Ceremony
Keller Lot
Line up: Keller Gym at 9:15 a.m.*
Saturday, May 8
1:30 p.m.
Business Administration
Division Ceremony
Keller Lot
Line up: Keller Gym at 12:45 p.m.*
Saturday, May 8
5:00 p.m.
Division Ceremony & Pinning
Keller Lot
Line up: Keller Gym at 4:15 p.m.*

Please note that there will be various social events scheduled for graduating seniors. You will be notified of these events within the coming weeks.

*In the event of inclement weather, students will be notified of the rain plan for the lineup via signage on campus and Notre Dame email messaging. For all ceremonies, graduates will go right to their seats under the tent in Keller Lot.