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Frequently Asked Questions for Baccalaureate Mass, Hooding Ceremony, & Commencement


Frequently asked questions for Baccalaureate Mass and Hooding Ceremony:

What is the Baccalaureate Mass and Hooding Ceremony?
During the Hooding Ceremony, students receive their first piece of formal academic regalia indicating the academic program they have successfully completed. All graduates, regardless of religious affiliation, are welcome and encouraged to attend. The Mass takes place immediately after the hooding has concluded. The wearing of academic regalia is required for graduates.

Do I need to be Catholic to attend this ceremony?
Absolutely not. Any religious affiliation is welcome. A program designed by Campus Ministry makes it very simple for non-Catholics to follow the Order of the Mass.

Who attends the Baccalaureate Mass and Hooding Ceremony?
All are welcome (including family members) and no tickets are required.  In addition, those at the highest level of the institution and members of the faculty attend this celebration. The President, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Dean of Undergraduate Programs, and Dean of Students hood the graduates during the ceremony. Hoods are then “fixed” by a select group of faculty members voted on by graduates at Senior Salute.

How long does the Baccalaureate Liturgy and Hooding Ceremony last? 
You can expect the ceremony to last approximately an hour and half.

Frequently asked questions for Commencement:

Do I have to attend Commencement Rehearsal? 
Yes, this is a mandatory event if you are participating in commencement. Immediately following rehearsal, the New Alumni Reception will take place in the Foyer on the first floor of the Administration Building.

Does NDC have graduation announcements?

Yes. Students and parents can order announcements through Jostens ( These will be available to order at Senior Salute (Gradation Fair) that is located in the Administration Building – First Floor – Foyer.  Senior Salute (Graduation Fair) will take place on Thursday, April 4 from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

How long will the ceremony last?

Though the time varies depending on the length of speeches, it is safe to anticipate an hour and a half. Group A is scheduled 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; Group B is scheduled 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.; and Group C (Graduate Students) is scheduled 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. In addition to May 2019 graduates, students participating in the May ceremony are students who completed their degree requirements in December 2018; August 2019; and December 2019.

How do I know which ceremony to attend?

Group A: Business Administration Division including majors of Accounting, Business Administration,             Human Resources Development, International Business, Management, Management            Information Systems, Marketing, and Sport Management. Arts & Humanities Division        including majors of Communication, English, Liberal Arts Studies, Graphic Design, History /            Intelligence, Criminal Justice, Political Science, Public Relations, Public Administration,           Studio Art, and Theology.

Group B: Science & Mathematics Division including majors of Biology, Environmental Science, and Psychology. Education Division including majors of Early Childhood Education, Middle       Childhood Education, English Integrated Language Arts, Integrated Mathematics,     Mathematics, and Mild Moderate Intervention Specialist. Nursing Division including majors of     Nursing RN/BSN and Nursing BSN.

Group C: Masters in Education, Master in Arts, and Masters in Science

How will I know where to sit?

Undergraduates are required to be in Performing Arts Center in the Administration building for line up for the ceremonies, at the latest 45 minutes before their assigned ceremony begins. Students are seated alphabetically by degree (B.A., B.S., and B.S.N.). Graduates should be in their graduation regalia.

Graduate Students are required to be in room 127/128 in Regina Hall for line up for the ceremonies, at the latest 45 minutes before their assigned ceremony begins. Students are seated alphabetically by degree (M.Ed. and M.A.). Graduates should be in their graduation regalia.

What is the route of the procession?

Undergraduates will start in the Performing Arts Center and then process to the Regina Auditorium (weather dependent, please see bottom of this page for rain plan). After the ceremony is complete, they will then process to the Front Lawn (Administration Building) for a reception.

Graduate Students will process from Regina Hall room 127/128 to the Regina Gym regardless of weather.

Where can I find hotel and dining near the Notre Dame College?

Notre Dame College provides directions, maps, dining information, and lodging information under Directions and Maps on the website (

I want to take pictures and/or videotape the ceremony. What is permissible?

It will not be possible to permit picture taking or videotaping of graduates in the area of the stage. Venditti Studio has been engaged to photograph each graduate as the diploma is presented. Information regarding the purchase of photographs will be forwarded to all students and their families following commencement. If you have any questions, you can reach Venditti Studio at 440.232.7575, or check out the website at NDC will record the ceremony and video will be posted on our website after the events.

What if I cannot attend the ceremony?

We expect all our graduates to participate in the hooding and commencement ceremonies.  You must request an exception in writing to the Office of Academic Affairs by Friday, April 13 if you are unable to attend.

What is the dress code for graduation?

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.


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


How many people can I invite to the ceremony?

Graduates will receive up to six (6) tickets maximum for guests (no exceptions).  Graduates can pick up their 6 tickets at Senior Salute. 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. There will be additional seating in the Regina Gym where guests will be televised. We ask for guests with children under 5 to watch the ceremony in the Regina Gym. Those who are unable to attend, they have the opportunity to view the ceremony via live feed from the Notre Dame College website (

How early should we get to the ceremony?

Seating for family and friends with tickets will be available in the Regina Auditorium. Seating for guests who have tickets are a first come, first serve basis. If you or your guests require accommodations due to disability, health, or mobility issue, contact Academic Affairs ( no later than April 19. No more than two others may sit with those who require accommodations in the special seating area. Undergraduates are asked to be in the Performing Arts Center no later than 45 minutes before their assigned ceremony starts (weather permitting, see rain plan below). Graduate students are asked to be in Regina Hall room 127/128 no later than 45 minutes before the ceremony starts.

Where should we park?

There will be parking available throughout campus. Campus Police will be available to direct your families and provide shuttle carts to those in need. Once the campus parking lots are full, there will be overflow parking available at Greenview Elementary School down the street. Shuttle carts will also provide pick up and drop off to those parked at Greenview.

What about handicapped parking and access?

Handicapped parking spaces will be available in the Regina parking lot.

What if it is raining on the day of the ceremony?

In the event of inculement weather, students will notified of the rain plan for lineup via signage on campus and NDC email messaging. The rain plan for the reception will be announced at the commencement, if necessary.

Group A: Undergraduates assemble in Regina 127/128 at 9:15 a.m.

Group B: Undergraduates assemble in Regina 127/128 at 1:45 p.m.

Group C: Procession will follow the orginal plan (all indoors).