Commencement Information 2016


Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from Notre Dame Law School. We are excited to celebrate your achievements and hard work, and are honored to share this memorable occasion with you and your families.

The Commencement page will give you updated information about Commencement Weekend and important due dates. We will be making updates as graduation gets closer, so please continue to check back. Follow on Facebook (Notre Dame Law School) and Twitter (@NDLaw), with #NDLS2016 for late-breaking updates.

NDLS Commencement Weekend 2016 Schedule

Prize Day Friday, May 13th


1:00 p.m.        Awards Ceremony and photographs
                       Morris Inn Ballroom

Law School Ceremonies Saturday, May 14th

9:30 a.m.         Law School Prayer Service
                        Basilica of the Sacred Heart

12:30 p.m.       Law School Diploma and Hooding Ceremony
                        Hesburgh Library Reflecting Pool

5:00 p.m.         University Commencement Mass
                        Joyce Center Purcell Pavilion

University Ceremonies Day Sunday, May 15th

9:00 a.m.         University Commencement Ceremony
                        Notre Dame Stadium

Doctoral Attire Rentals

Order regalia at or by contacting Trish Aschenbrenner at, or at 574-631-1399. Orders must be placed by April 24. Late fees will be assessed after that date and there will be limited availability.

Distribution of rental gowns will be on Thursday and Friday, May 12 and 13 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. If you will not be on campus until the weekend, they are also available May 14 (8 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and May 15 (7 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.)

Return your rental gown after the ceremony to the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore on Sunday, May 15 (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) or Monday, May 16 to Wednesday, May 18 (8 a.m. to 9 p.m.). Late fees will be assessed for gowns not returned by the deadline.

For questions about attire rentals, please email or call 574-631-1399.

Be a part of the University of Notre Dame tradition by wearing the Stole of Gratitude and presenting it to those who have made a significant difference in your life.

2016 Prize Day


Graduating Notre Dame Law students will be honored during “Prize Day” with awards for activities ranging from academic performance to service to the Notre Dame and greater community.

12:45 p.m.      Graduates assemble in alpha order
                       Morris Inn Ballroom lobby

1:00 p.m.        Awards Ceremony
                       Morris Inn Ballroom

NDLS Commencement Ceremony

9:00 a.m.        Graduates assemble outside of Biolchini Hall of Law in full academic attire
                       Basilica of the Sacred Heart opens to guests (tickets required)

9:15 a.m.        Academic Procession to Basilica of the Sacred Heart

9:30 a.m.        Law School Prayer Service begins at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart
                       Law School Class Picture immediately following on the steps of the Main Building

10:30 a.m.      Brunch begins in Eck Hall (tickets required)

12:00 p.m.      Graduates assemble in alphabetical order and in academic attire at Hesburgh Library Reflecting Pool

12:30 p.m.      Law School Diploma and Hooding Ceremony begins, Hesburgh Library Reflecting Pool

2:00 p.m.        Estimated completion of Ceremony

University Commencement Mass and Ceremony

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University Ceremonies Saturday, May 14th

4:20 p.m.        Students assemble in Joyce Center Gyms

4:30 p.m.        Academic Procession begins

5:00 p.m.        University Commencement Mass,
                        Joyce Center Purcell Pavilion

University Ceremonies Sunday, May 15th

7:15 a.m.        Law students assemble in two lines by flagpole near Biolchini Hall of Law
                       Law School Banner carrier students are in front of the line

9:00 a.m.        University Commencement Procession

9:30 a.m.        University Commencement Ceremony, Notre Dame Stadium

Ticket Distribution

Tickets are not necessary for the Law School diploma ceremony.

Tickets for the Sunday University Commencement Ceremony will be available at the Hammes Bookstore on May 12 from 10:00 a.m. – 7pm and on May 13 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Transportation and Parking

Please visit the University Transportation and Parking page for updated information.

Commencement DVD


Each year, many of the University Commencement ceremonies are professionally videotaped and made available for purchase on DVD including the Law School prayer service and graduation ceremony. Visit the Commencement DVD information page for order information.