Commencement

Please note: Due to weather concerns, Saturday's Diploma & Hooding Ceremony will be held inside the Joyce Center, North Dome. See below for more details.

Commencement Prayer Service Procession

Congratulations, Class of 2019! Below is a schedule of this year's Law School Commencement events.

Information about the overall University Commencement events is at commencement.nd.edu.

* Emails were sent to the Class of 2019 on February 22, March 6April 3April 24, and May 15.

Friday, May 17

Law School Awards Ceremony
2:30 p.m., 
Washington Hall (map)
This event is by invitation only for students receiving honors, dean’s list, and class awards.
Invited graduates should arrive at 2 p.m. Tickets are required for family and friends.

Reception for Law Graduates
3:30 p.m., 
Eck Hall of Law (map)
After the Awards Ceremony has concluded, all law graduates and their guests are welcome to attend a reception with light refreshments at the Law School.

Saturday, May 18

Law School Prayer Service
9:30 a.m., 
Basilica of the Sacred Heart (map)

It’s a tradition for the Law School’s Commencement activities to begin with a prayer service for the entire class. (Note: This is not a Mass.) Graduates will line up at the Law School at 9 a.m. and process together to the Basilica.
Tickets are required for family and friends.
Watch online: Click here to watch a live webcast of the Prayer Service.



Law School Class Photo
10:10 a.m., 
Main Building, front steps (map)
At the conclusion of the Prayer Service, the Law School’s Class of 2019 will gather with faculty on the steps of Notre Dame’s Main Building for a class photo. Please join your classmates for the photo, even if you don't attend the Prayer Service.



Brunch for Law Graduates
10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Corbett Family Hall (map)
A brunch for Law School graduates and their guests will be hosted in the Downes Club Ballroom, which overlooks Notre Dame Stadium from the seventh floor of Corbett Family Hall. The price for brunch is $15 per person, free for children 5 and under. This event is optional for Law School graduates. (Click here to pay for brunch. The deadline to pay is Monday, May 13.)

Law 

Diploma & Hooding Ceremony
12:30 p.m., Joyce Center, North Dome (map)
Please note: The location of this event was moved inside the Joyce Center, North Dome, due to weather concerns.
Each law graduate will walk across the stage and receive his or her diploma. Hooding refers to the placement of an academic hood over your shoulders to signify the completion of your law degree.
Graduates need to arrive by 12 p.m. to line up in the Monogram Room on the second floor of the Joyce Center. Graduates should enter via Gate 2 and walk up the stairs immediately inside the gate.
Guests should enter the Joyce Center, North Dome, through Gate 3, which is at the northwest corner of the building.
No tickets are required. Seating is plentiful at the ceremony.
Watch online: Click here to watch a live webcast of the Diploma & Hooding Ceremony.

University Commencement Mass
5 p.m., 
Joyce Center, Purcell Pavilion (map)
Mass will be celebrated for all of the University’s graduates in Notre Dame’s basketball arena.
Graduates will begin lining up at 3:45 p.m. The academic procession starts at 4:30.
No tickets are required. Doors open for guests at 3:30 p.m.
Watch online: Click here to watch a live webcast of the University Commencement Mass.

Sunday, May 19

University Commencement Ceremony
10 a.m., 
Notre Dame Stadium (map)
This ceremony is for all University of Notre Dame graduates. This year’s speaker is Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, a former speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan.
Graduates should assemble at 8:45 a.m. The academic procession starts at 9:30.
Tickets are required. Click here for ticket pickup information. Gates open for guests at 8 a.m.
Watch online: Click here to watch a live webcast of the University Commencement Ceremony.

Have more questions? Check our Commencement FAQs page.

Wondering where all these events are located on campus? Click here to see a map.