Graduate Commencement

Graduate Commencement

6:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 5

Regina Auditorium

Students must be present for line-up at 5:15 P.M.

  • Education
  • National Security Intelligence Studies
  • M.S.N. (Nursing)


Graduate students can direct questions about graduation to Nancy Baird or Tracy Sabransky.


Academic Requirements for Graduation:

Graduate 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 ceremony.  In order to graduate, you must have completed the courses of your program and the capstone (National Security and Intelligence Studies) or your research project (Education).  In addition, you must have earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.

Graduate candidates in the Masters of Professional Education who will complete the course requirements and action research project by December 2018 are invited to participate in the May ceremony.  However, you will not receive your diplomas until all requirements are met.


Financial Obligations:

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 paid.  All accounts must be paid in full by May 4, 2018. Payment is required in order to receive your diploma and participate in commencement activities.

Exit counseling for federal Direct loan (subsidized and unsubsidized Direct loans) can be completed at Exit counseling for Perkins loan should be completed online here. TEACH exit counseling should be completed at The exit loan counseling process must be completed by April 30, 2018. 


Graduate Survey:

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 2017 Survey accessible on the Career Services Center website by clicking here.

The link will be available beginning April 9, 2018. 


Purchase of Academic Regalia:

  • Education candidates attending the Graduate Research Presentation on Sunday, April 8 can purchase and receive academic regalia at this event.
  • Required academic regalia (cap, gown, tassel, hood, plus tax): $66.00. (Cash, Check, Major Credit Cards accepted)
    • NOTE - Candidates will receive cap, gown, and tassel at point of purchase.
  • Candidates will receive the academic hood at the commencement ceremony
  • Education candidates not attending the Graduate Research Presentation and National Security and Intelligence Studies candidates should order academic regalia directly from Jostens for home delivery by clicking here
    • NOTE - Candidates will be shipped cap, gown, and tassel at point of purchase.
    • Candidates will receive the academic hood at the commencement ceremony. 
  • Questions? Contact Kristin Butterfield - or 216.373.5179.



Business attire is preferred.    


Special Accommodations:

If you or your guests require accommodations due to a disability, health, or mobility issue, please contact Tabitha Meeks in the Office of Academic Affairs no later than Friday, April 20. You can reach Tabitha by email at or by phone at 216.373.6393. 


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.


Graduation Announcements and Class Rings:

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


Diploma Frames:

Notre Dame-designed diploma frames are available online through University Frames by clicking here


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