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

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 14, 2022, doctoral recipients will be hooded and doctoral and master's degrees conferred. Note: Separate diploma ceremonies are held for graduate students in architecture, business master's programs, 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. Christine Maziar, interim provost of the University, other senior academic officers, and family and friends in the audience.

If you have any questions about the Graduate School Commencement Ceremony, please contact our coordinators at for assistance.

Important Dates and Deadlines 

Additional deadlines will be added to this list as they are made available.

Deadlines 2022 
  [2022 website] [2020 website]
Class of 2022:  Virtual GradFair  March 17
Class of 2022: Complete the Graduation Application (required of all 2021-22 graduating students, regardless of ceremony participation) March 21
Class for 2020: Complete the Registration form April 1
Deadline to rent doctoral gowns April 8 April 8
Deadline to purchase doctoral regalia April 15 April 15
Pick up regalia (2nd floor Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore) May  9-14 May 25-28
Deadline to return rented doctoral gowns to the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. Late fees will be incurred after this date. May 18 May 31

2022 Commencement Weekend Schedule of Events

Refer to the Registrar’s Commencement website for more events occurring over Commencement Weekend.

Day Event Time
May 13
Graduate Mass and Blessing at Basilica of the Sacred Heart. All members of the Notre Dame community are invited, especially graduating master's and doctoral students and two guests.  11:30 am
May 14
Check-in opens for graduates at Rockne Gate in Notre Dame Stadium. 8:00 am
  Academic procession into Notre Dame Stadium. Cap and gown attire required. 8:35 am
  2022 Graduate School Commencement Ceremony. No guest tickets required. Estimated end time: 11:00 am. 9:00 am
May 15
University Commencement Ceremony. See the Registrar’s Commencement site for more information. 9:30 am

2020 Commencement Weekend Schedule of Events

Refer to the Class of 2020 Commencement Celebration site for additional details.

Day Event Time
May 28
Assemble for academic procession, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.  9:15 am
  Academic procession into Leighton Concert Hall. Cap and gown attire required; doctoral students will be hooded at this ceremony. 9:40 am
  2020 Graduate School Commencement Ceremony. Estimated end time: 11:00 am. 10:00 am
May 29
University Commencement Mass & Ceremony, Notre Dame Stadium 9:00 am