April 17, 2014

Dear students, those of you who have ordered graduation brunch tickets should prepare to pay (preferably via check; no credit cards) beginning the afternoon of April 23. It will be a short turn-around time because I’ll be working on grade spreadsheets for faculty soon thereafter! Prayer service tickets will be available at that time also.

I’ll send another notice the day you return from Easter break so you will know the exact time on April 23 and the rest of that week. If you have not obtained your exam number, you can pick it up at that time also. Please be sure to complete your survey from CDO prior to next week’s ticket dates.

Enjoy Easter break!
Law School Registrar

April 2, 2014

Attached is the revised graduation schedule. Most notably, the Class Photo will take place at approximately 10:00 a.m. or immediately following the Basilica Prayer Service and the University processions for the Mass and the Commencement Ceremony will begin five minutes earlier. For those of you who will not be attending the prayer service, please plan on arriving in plenty of time for the class photo since the photographer will proceed immediately after the prayer service.

Attached is a flyer from the photographer who will be taking photos of graduates and families in the courtroom from 2-4pm on Friday, May 16.

Next week, we will begin printing tickets and scheduling distribution times. If you have any changes to your ticket numbers, please let me know now.
Law School Registrar

March 17, 2014

Dear students, you may order your academic attire for graduation ceremonies at the Hammes Bookstore on March 19 or order online after March 20. All law graduates will wear the doctoral cap, gown and hood.

As mentioned on the Law School ticket form, there will be a photographer in the Law School courtroom on Friday afternoon, May 16, to take photos with appropriate backgrounds for law students.

Note many details below including Sunday ticket information and the University deadline of March 20 for name changes. There will be a $75 charge for diploma name changes submitted after the March 20 deadline.

March 19, 2014 — 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Notre Dame Hammes Bookstore

o *Doctoral Rental Unit – (gown, hood, tam and souvenir tassel) $125
o Order graduation announcements
o Have your gown pressed for the big day

• If you are not able to attend the Graduation Fair, please check the University’s Commencement web page on March 20 for information on ordering your gown. Orders must be placed by April 25. 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 15 and 16 from 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 17 (8 a.m. – 9 p.m.) and May 18 (7 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.)

Return your rental gown after the ceremony to the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore on Sunday, May 18 (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) or Monday, May 19 – Wednesday, May 21 (8 a.m. – 9 p.m.). Late fees will be assessed for gowns not returned by the deadline.


Law Students – Please go directly to the Student Graduation Page to order your guest tickets by March 20, 2014.

Commencement Mass
Tickets are not required for the University Commencement Mass on Saturday, May 17 in the Joyce Center – Purcell Pavilion. Cap and gown is required.

University Commencement Ceremony
Guest tickets are required for the Sunday 9 a.m. University Commencement Ceremony at Notre Dame Stadium. Graduates do not need a ticket. Tickets are unlimited but must be requested by March 20.
University Commencement Ceremony guest tickets are provided to each graduate by the University, but may not be transferred for a consideration (including, but not limited to money, gifts, property). Violation of this regulation may mean you will not be allowed to receive or retain any guest tickets.

Ticket Distribution
Sunday morning, University Commencement Ceremony guest tickets:
Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore:
Thursday, May 15 – 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday, May 16 – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
You will need to present your student I.D. or other photo I.D. Tickets will only be released to the graduates.


Verify your degree, your name, and hometown as they should appear in the Commencement Program and your name as it will appear on your diploma. Please also verify your major(s) and/or minor(s); for accuracy. If there is no hometown listed, we will use the city, state, and nation of your current home address.

The request must be made no later than Thursday, March 20, or a $75 diploma reorder fee will be assessed.

March 4, 2014

As graduation approaches, you risk being swamped with forms to complete. (Thank you to those of you who have completed the 3L survey! You others, please complete ASAP!)

I’d like to help in any way that I can. The University Registrar and I will send you via e-mail all the information you need for graduation. Beyond the information to come later, and in the hope of reducing your headaches, I would like to alert you to common obstacles that interfere with applications for admission to the bar. You should:

1. Complete all of the bar forms as soon as possible. Read the forms carefully, with special attention to any deadlines and required signatures. Leave the forms to be completed by the Law School with me now, and no later than April 15, so that those forms may be completed and signed in a timely manner once you graduate. Students whose bar forms are submitted by April 15 will be assured that their forms will be given priority. Late forms submitted to me after the deadline will not have the guarantee of timely completion. Please remember that a number of us plan vacations to begin shortly after Commencement. If you wait until the last minute to submit the bar forms, I cannot guarantee that they will be sent to the bar examiners on time. If you do need something sent in a hurry, be sure to give me a written note telling me the deadline.

2. Be certain that all debts are paid to the University (this includes any separate debts owed to the Law School). If your account is not clear, the University will not allow you to have a degree transcript or diploma. You may participate in the graduation ceremonies, but you will receive an empty diploma tube (so as not to embarrass you). The University does not consider an account to have been settled until the check has cleared the bank. If you have any questions about whether your account is clear, you should contact the Office of Student Accounts, 116 Main Building, 631-7113. If you have payment issues, it is far better to discuss matters with an officer in Student Accounts now rather than later.

3. Be certain that we and the University Registrar have your correct mailing address for the summer and thereafter. If your diploma is delayed, or if you are awarded an honors change at graduation, the University will send you a replacement diploma in late summer. If we need information for the bar examiners, we will email you or write to the permanent address on the University’s computer system, unless you tell us of a different address.

4. If you need an official transcript enclosed with your bar form, you must request it online via the transcript link at from the University Registrar. The University Registrar will not honor a request from anyone at the Law School without your online request. You may send transcripts directly to the bar examiners unless it states the transcripts should be included with degree certification forms. If so, it will help if you have the transcript addressed to me in Suite 1100 Eck Hall of Law to avoid confusion with transcripts sent by applicants for admission to the Law School. NOTE: As an alumnus or alumna, after your netID is no longer active, you will need to pay for transcripts. See the transcript web site for details:

Let me know if you have questions.
Law School Registrar

February 19, 2014

Graduation Day is quickly approaching! Plans are in progress for the many graduation-related events that will take place on the weekend of May 17 and 18. With regard to those events, you need to be aware of a crucial jurisdictional distinction. Some of the graduation weekend events are University-wide events. (The most noteworthy of these are the Commencement Mass at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, and the Commencement Ceremony that starts at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 18.) Over those events, the University Registrar has jurisdiction. His office will e-mail you information about those ceremonies. You will need to complete the online procedures that he requests in the email. Here is the link to the University Commencement page:

Some of the graduation weekend events and requests are Law School specific. First of all is the exciting news that the 3L survey may now be completed online. You will receive an email invitation from Institutional Research to complete the Third-year Law Student Survey. Please complete this survey promptly. You will not be issued graduation prayer service tickets or brunch tickets unless you complete the survey.

We have ticket procedures for some events. Please complete the ticket form that you will find at the bottom of this page and return this email to me (reply to sender). It is essential that I have the information in question by the close of business on Friday, Feb. 28. Attached is the Law School schedule of graduation events. At this time, we need to know the number of guests you expect to actually attend the Law School commencement ceremonies so we may order sufficient chairs and food. Please note on this ticket form your name and the number of guests you expect to attend the Law School prayer service, brunch, and hooding and diploma ceremony on Saturday, May 17. We ask that you try to have an accurate count of your guests to assist in the Law School’s planning. Law graduates and families will join the deans and faculty for Saturday’s hot brunch which is conveniently located in Eck Hall. Payment will be collected in April. Already I have received phone calls from families who are looking forward to attending these activities with you, their graduates!

We have asked the official photographer to take photographs of law graduates and family photos in Eck Hall (possible backgrounds include the Dome, the Courtroom and Eck Hall) on Friday afternoon, May 16. There would be no charge to the graduates for the session and proofs. Please indicate your interest in Friday photographs by checking the box below. Note: The University official photographer will take individual pictures during the Law School diploma ceremony on Saturday.

Indicate the number attending by including yourself EXCEPT on the prayer service and hooding and diploma ceremonies. After the figures are tallied, an announcement will be made of any limits on Saturday’s prayer service in the Basilica. More information will be sent to you in late March.

If you have a relative who is in a wheelchair or needs special accommodations, please indicate on the ticket request forms for both the University Registrar and for the Law School.
________I am interested in the Friday photo session for graduates and families in the Courtroom
________Saturday’s prayer service tickets desired (allocation to be determined) EXCLUDE yourself
________Saturday’s hot buffet brunch (approx $7.50 or $8.00 per person; INCLUDE yourself)
________Saturday’s hooding and diploma ceremony (open seating; EXCLUDE yourself)

Phonetic pronunciation of my name ___________________________________________

Your name (please print)

Special Accommodations needed for family member

February 17, 2014

Dear Third-Year Students:

Do you have a parent, grandparent, sibling, spouse, or fiancé who is (1) a graduate of Notre Dame Law School, (2) a University faculty member or academic officer, (3) a member of the judiciary, or (4) a law professor, current or retired, whether at Notre Dame or elsewhere? If yes, would you be interested in having him/her “hood” you at the Law School hooding and diploma ceremony during Commencement Weekend? Please let me know by Friday, March 7, if you would like to take part in this unique experience. Also, please let me know who will perform the hooding and what year he/she graduated from NDLS, what position he/she holds with the University, in what court he/she is a judge, or at what law school he/she is or was a professor.

Thank you,