Graduation & Commencement

The University has three graduation dates: August, January, and May. Degrees are conferred and diplomas awarded at the time of each graduation. Students who expect to receive a degree at the end of a term must register and complete ND Roll Call, where they will have an opportunity to add themselves to the graduation list. If a student is not on the graduation list and questions their status, they should contact their graduate program's administrative assistant.

Graduate School Commencement Ceremony

Updated 2/26/2021

Commencement Planning for Class of 2020 and Class of 2021

The University of Notre Dame continues to navigate the many challenges and impact of COVID-19, and recently announced the following plans for celebrating the many impressive accomplishments of its 2021 and 2020 graduates:

  • At the present time and subject to public health guidance as the date draws closer, the University plans to host Commencement weekend for the class of 2021 on campus on May 21-23, with a limited number of guests. [Please note that no decision has yet been made regarding the traditional invitation for August 2020 and January 2021 graduates to join the May 2021 cohort at the in-person campus ceremonies.]  Class of 2021
  • Commencement activities for the class of 2020, planned for Memorial Day weekend 2021, have been postponed. Those who earned undergraduate degrees will gather in summer 2022 (more details to follow). Those earning doctoral, graduate, or professional degrees will receive information from their respective schools regarding opportunities to recognize their accomplishments. Learn More

As it becomes available, the University will provide information regarding plans for celebrating both classes. Specifically, a list of frequently asked questions for the Class of 2021 and Class of 2020 will be updated regularly. Should you have any immediate questions, please email


The Graduate School holds one Commencement ceremony in May of each year. Students who graduate in August and January are traditionally invited to participate in Commencement celebrations the following May. 

During the Graduate School Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 22, 2021, doctoral recipients will be hooded and master's degrees conferred. Note: Separate ceremonies are held for graduate students in architecture, business, and law. Please consult your program for additional information.

Dr. Laura Carlson, dean of the Graduate School, will host the Graduate School Commencement Ceremony. Fr. John Jenkins, president of the University, will confer degrees to candidates as presented by the college deans. Witnesses to the conferral of degrees will include Dr. Tom Burish, provost of the University, other senior academic officers, and family and friends in the audience.

2021 Dates and Deadlines 

To be announced.


2021 Commencement Weekend Schedule of Events

To be announced.


For information on the broader Sunday University Commencement Ceremony, see the Registrar’s Commencement website.