Frequently Asked Questions for Commencement
How is NDC planning to keep me and my family safe?
NDC is following all recommendations set by local health officials and CDC. We moved Commencement from an indoor ceremony to an outdoor ceremony under a tent to provide a more comfortable setting. We will have each student sit six feet apart during the ceremony and the seating for the guests will be in groups of two. NDC will have multiple hand sanitizer stations throughout the tent and will clean and sanitize all areas in between each ceremony.
Are masks required?
Yes. All attendees at the Commencement ceremonies will be required to wear mask, including graduates, faculty, staff, and guest. Please be compliant for the safety of all present at the ceremonies.
How long will the ceremony last?
Though the time varies depending on the length of students in each ceremony, it is safe to anticipate the ceremony will last an hour and could go up to an hour and a half.
How do I know which ceremony to attend?
Thursday, May 6, at 7:00 p.m.: 2020 Commencement Ceremony Degree conferral dates of August 2019, December 2019 and Spring 2020 will participate in this ceremony. All majors will be in one ceremony.
Friday, May 7, at 4:00 p.m.: Science & Mathematics Division. Degree conferral dates of August 2020, December 2020 and May 2021.
Friday, May 7, at 7:00 p.m.: Nursing Division (both undergraduates & graduate students). Degree conferral dates of August 2020, December 2020 and May 2021.
Saturday, May 8, at 10:00 a.m.: Arts & Humanities Division (both undergraduates & graduate students). Degree conferral dates of August 2020, December 2020 and May 2021.
Saturday, May 8, at 1:30 p.m.: Business Administration Division. Degree conferral dates of August 2020, December 202, and May 2021.
Saturday, May 8, at 5:00 p.m.: Professional Education Division (both undergraduates & graduate students). Degree conferral dates of August 2020, December 2020 and May 2021.
How will I know where to sit?
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. Students are seated alphabetically by degree (M.A., M.Ed., M.S.N., B.A., B.S., B.S.N.). Graduates should be in their graduation regalia.
What is the route of the procession?
Graduates will start in the Keller Gym and then process to the Keller Lot (weather dependent, please see bottom of this page for rain plan).
What if I cannot attend the ceremony?
We expect all our graduates to participate in the commencement ceremony. You must request an exception in writing to the Office of Academic Affairs by Friday, April 16, 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 ceremony. Since the graduation gowns are made of polyester, ironing directly on them 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 the front right side for undergraduates.
How do I purchase Academic Regalia (cap, gown and hood)?
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: Jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1160743/Notre-Dame-College
- 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
How many people can I invite to the ceremony?
Graduates will receive up to two tickets maximum for guests (no exceptions). Due to limited seating, no requests for additional tickets will be taken. This is because of the restrictions placed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have limited space. 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 (NotreDameCollege.edu/graduation).
How do I obtain tickets for my guests?
Graduates will receive more information about how to obtain the two tickets in their NDC email addresses. NDC is finalizing this information for students and information is forthcoming.
Can I have more than two guests?
Due to limited seating, no requests for additional tickets will be taken. This is because of the restrictions placed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We have limited space. 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 (NotreDameCollege.edu/graduation).
Does NDC have graduation announcements?
Yes. Graduates and parents can order announcements through Jostens (Jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1160743/Notre-Dame-College).
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 VendittiStudios.com. NDC will record the ceremony, and the video will be posted on our website after the events.
How early should we get to the ceremony?
Seating for family and friends with tickets will be available under the tent in Keller Lot. The seating will be in sets of two spaced out six feet apart from the next set. Seating for guests who have tickets is on a first-come, first-served basis.
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 parking and access for persons with physical disabilities?
Parking spaces will be available for those with permits in the main Administration Building lot.
Where can I find a hotel and dining near Notre Dame College?
Notre Dame College provides directions, maps, dining information and lodging information under Directions and Maps on the website at NotreDameCollege.edu/about/experience-the-college/directions-and-maps.
What if it is raining on the day of the ceremony?
In the event of inclement weather, students will be notified of the rain plan for the lineup via signage on campus and NDC email messaging.
All Ceremonies: Students will go right to their seats under the tent in Keller Lot.
What if I have more questions about the ceremony?
Please reach out to the Office of Academic Affairs at email@example.com.