Commencement Information 2017


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 us on Facebook (Notre Dame Law School) and Twitter (@NDLaw), with #NDLS2017 for late-breaking updates.

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Guest ticket requests due Thursday, March 23

Please complete the Graduation Application to request your number of guest tickets no later than Thursday, March 23. Also note on the form if any of your guests has a physical restriction and requires special seating.

Commencement gown rental due by April 28

Don’t delay; the deadline for gown rental nears!

Law graduates wear doctoral attire, which includes a gown, hood, tam, and souvenir tassel. Students should order their gowns online through ND Catalog. The rental fee is $128. If you miss the April 28 deadline, you’ll pay a $15 late fee the first week, $25 the following week, and $35 the week of commencement. You also risk limited availability for rentals.

Students may pick up gowns between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday or Friday, May 18 or 19, at Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore.

You must return your gown to the bookstore between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, May 21, or between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, May 22-25. If your gown is not returned by Thursday, you will pay a fee of $15 the first week it’s late, $25 the second week, and $35 the third week.

Email questions to or call 574-631-1399 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

NDLS Commencement Weekend 2017 Schedule

Award Ceremony Friday, May 19


2:30 p.m.        Awards Ceremony and photographs
                       Washington Hall

Law School Ceremonies Saturday, May 20

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

12:30 p.m.       Law School Diploma and Hooding
                        Ceremony Joyce North
5:00 p.m.         University Commencement Mass
                        Joyce Center Purcell Pavilion

University Ceremonies Day Sunday, May 21

9:30 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 28. 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 18 and 19 (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 20 (starting at 8 a.m.).

Return your rental gown after the ceremony to the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore on Sunday, May 21 (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) or Monday, May 22 to Wednesday, May 24 (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.

Ticket Distribution

Tickets are not necessary for the Law School diploma ceremony or the University Commencement Mass.

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

2017 Award Ceremony

Award Ceremony Friday, May 19


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

2:15 p.m.     Graduates assemble in alpha order
                     Washington Hall

2:30 p.m.      Awards Ceremony
                     Washington Hall

NDLS Commencement Ceremony

Law School Ceremonies Saturday, May 20

9:00 a.m.        Graduates assemble outside of Biolchini Hall of Law on the north side 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 Joyce North

12:30 p.m.      Law School Diploma and Hooding Ceremony begins, Joyce North

2:00 p.m.        Estimated completion of Ceremony

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

University Commencement Mass and Ceremony

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University Ceremonies Saturday, May 20

3:45 p.m.        Law Students Assemble for
                       Academic Procession for
                       Commencement Mass
                       Joyce Center Gyms, doors open at
                       3:30 p.m.

4:30 p.m.        Academic Procession begins
                       Joyce Center Purcell Pavilion

5:00 p.m.        University Commencement Mass
                       Joyce Center Purcell Pavilion
                       Overflow—North Dome (live video screens)

University Ceremonies Sunday, May 21

7:15 a.m.        Law Students Assemble for Academic Procession for University Commencement
                       Enter the north entrance of Hesburgh Library
                       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

11:30 a.m.      Estimated completion of Ceremony

University Commencement Security

Guests are encouraged to arrive early due to expected delays as everyone will be required to pass through security checkpoints operated by U.S. Secret Service personnel. All attendees must have a ticket for admission. Guests can enter beginning at 7 a.m. through Gate A on the stadium’s northeast corner and Gate C on the south end.

Many common items will be prohibited at Commencement, including umbrellas; purses or bags larger than 12 by 12 by 12 inches; personal seatbacks; backpacks; signs or banners; unopened packages or gifts of any kind; containers including bottles, cans or thermoses; coolers; grocery bags, tote bags, duffel bags and more.

Attendees are encouraged to carefully check their belongings before entering the security checkpoint lines.

For more detailed information about the security measures visit Commencement Security.

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.