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The University of Notre Dame will hold in-person commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2023 on the weekend of May 19-21, 2023. Below you will find our schedule and a description of our events.

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2023 Commencement Weekend

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Friday, May 19, 2023

Law School Awards Ceremony
1:30 p.m., Dahnke Ballroom, Duncan Student Center
This event recognizes law students for earning various academic awards, such as Dean’s List, Honor Roll, and faculty and writing awards. The Law School’s Office of Student Services will contact students who are receiving awards later in the spring. Guests are welcome to attend; invitees typically receives a maximum of 5 guest tickets. Note: Invitations for the Law School Awards Ceremony will be sent separately by the Office of Student Services.

Saturday, May 20, 2023

Law School Prayer Service
8:45 a.m., Basilica of the Sacred Heart
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.) Seating is limited. Tickets will be required for family and friends. Each graduate, on average, usually receives 4 guest tickets.

Watch the live stream of the Prayer Service here.

Law School Class Photo
9:30 a.m., Steps of the Main Building
At the conclusion of the prayer service, the Law School’s Class of 2023 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 choose not to attend the prayer service.

Law Hooding Ceremony
10:30 a.m., Joyce Center, Purcell Pavilion
Each law graduate will walk across the stage inside Notre Dame’s basketball arena and be hooded by Dean Cole. Hooding refers to the placement of an academic hood over your shoulders to signify the completion of your law degree. Seating is unlimited. No tickets are required.

Watch the live stream of the Hooding Ceremony here.

Law School Lunch Reception
12:00 p.m., Tent, DeBartolo Quad
The Law School plans to host a lunch reception for all law graduates and their guests. There is no cost to attend the Law School’s lunch reception, but the registration form asks graduates to enter the number of guests they plan to bring to the event. We will serve a buffet from Nelson’s BBQ.

University Events

Law graduates and their guests are welcome and encouraged to attend the University-wide commencement events, including the University Commencement Mass held in Purcell Pavilion at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, and the University Commencement Ceremony held in Notre Dame Stadium at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 21.

More information about the University commencement events can be found at

Ordering Regalia

The website to order Notre Dame Doctoral Rental Gowns is here.

Rental price for the gown, hood, and tam is $128 and includes a souvenir tassel that law graduates can keep.

The deadline to place your rental order was April 8.