Undergraduate Commencement

Thursday, April 5
Building Foyer


Thursday, May 3
Regina Auditorium


Friday, May 4
Regina Auditorium

Baccalaureate FAQ Webpage 


Saturday, May 5
Regina Auditorium

11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
6:30-7:30 p.m.

4:00 p.m.

GROUP A: 10:00 a.m.

GROUP B: 2:30 p.m.

This event is where
you will pick up your
graduation tickets
and purchase your
academic regalia.

Please note that
tickets will only be
issued to those who
purchase regalia.

This practice is
mandatory if you
are participating in

The New Alumni
Reception takes place
immediately following
rehearsal in the
Administration Building foyer.


This is a beautiful
celebration and a
fitting culmination
to your career at Notre
Dame.  Take this
opportunity to give
thanks for all you have
received and
accomplished.  Family
members are invited to
attend the ceremony
and Mass. No tickets
are required and all
are welcome.

This is a formal event and
intended for adults only.  For their
comfort, guests with children
under the age of five will be
seated in the Regina Gym
where the Commencement will be
televised. Those unable to attend
have the opportunity to view the
ceremony via a live feed
accessible on the graduation
webpage. A reception for
graduates and their family and
friends follows this ceremony.


Group A


Saturday, May 5

Regina Auditorium

10:00 a.m. Commencement

GRADUATES MUST BE PRESENT FOR LINE UP AT 9:15 a.m. in Performing Arts Center

Group B


Saturday, May 5

Regina Auditorium

2:30 p.m. Commencement

GRADUATES MUST BE PRESENT FOR LINE UP AT 1:45 p.m. in Performing Arts Center


  • Business Administration Division
  • Arts & Humanities Division


  • Science & Mathematics Division
  • Education Division
  • Nursing Division


Academic Requirements for Graduation:

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 Baccalaureate and 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 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.

Diplomas: Students who have not completed their academic requirements will not receive diplomas at the graduation ceremony.


Graduation Honors:

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.
  4. Honor Cords:  Students who have not completed their academic requirements will not receive honor cords at the graduation ceremony.


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 cleared. All accounts must be paid in full by May 4, 2018.  A graduation fee of $150 will be charged to your account. Students will not be billed until March 2018. Payment of the fee is required in order to receive your diploma and participate in commencement activities.

While students may be allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony, those with financial balances will not receive diplomas or official transcripts. Once financial obligations have been met, students may request their diplomas and/or transcripts.

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


Graduate Survey and Career Services Center:

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 at NotreDameCollege.edu/Careers.

The link will be available beginning April 9, 2018. 

Please contact the Career Services Center for assistance with your career plans at 216.373.5217 or careerservices@ndc.edu.


Commencement Tickets:

  • Graduates will receive six (6) tickets for guests (no exceptions).
  • Due to limited seating, no requests for additional tickets will be taken. 
  • Commencement tickets will be distributed at Senior Salute.
  • If you are unable to attend Senior Salute for ticket distribution - please contact Kristin Butterfield 216.373.5179 or kbutterfield@ndc.edu to make arrangements for commencement ticket procurement.


Senior Salute / Graduation Fair/Academic Regalia:

Senior Salute "One Day Event" will take place Thursday, April 5, 2017

Whole process takes 15-20 minutes, come any time 11:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Administration Building – First Floor – Foyer

Senior Salute will provide “one stop shopping” for all graduation needs including: 

  • Purchase and pick up required undergraduate academic regalia
    • (Cap, gown, tassel, and hood) - $62
    • Cash, Check, Major Credit Cards accepted
  • Pick up commencement tickets (6 tickets per graduate – no exceptions)
  • Visit Jostens table to order graduation announcements and class rings
  • Visit Career Services’ table for job search advice
  • Visit Financial Aid table to obtain loan repayment information
  • Visit Alumni/Advancement table to learn how to stay connected to NDC


If you are unable to attend the Senior Salute (Graduation Fair), or if you are away from Notre Dame College, please order your academic regalia online for home delivery. Use the following link to order directly from Jostens by clicking here



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 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.


Senior Week:

There will be many events taking place for seniors Tuesday, May 1 – Friday, May 4. A group of your peers is currently planning a fun-filled week of events! Look out for an email from Katie Hartman coming in early April that will outline the schedule for the week.

Please contact the Katie Hartman, Director of Student Engagement & Leadership (khartman@ndc.edu) with any questions regarding Senior Week.


Graduate and Professional Examinations:

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.


Student Mailboxes:

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. 


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.  Tabitha may be reached by email at tjmeeks@ndc.edu or by phone at 216.373.6393.  No more than two others may sit with those who require accommodations in the special seating area.


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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10:30 AM
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Falcon Café
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