Commencement FAQs

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Questions about tickets


Which events are ticketed?

  • Awards Ceremony, May 15: Guests need tickets, graduates do not. (Invitations will be sent to students in mid-to-late April.)
  • Prayer Service, May 16: Guests need tickets, graduates do not. (The ticket form will be posted soon.)
  • University Commencement Ceremony, May 17: Guests need tickets, graduates do not. Tickets are unlimited and are requested through the Graduation Application sent to all graduates in early March. Information about tickets for the ceremony is here.
  • Tickets are not required for the Law School Hooding Ceremony or the University Commencement Mass on May 16.

When will I apply for tickets?

Information will be sent via email soon.

When and where do I pick up my tickets?

Information on Law School ticket pickup will be sent out soon.

For the University Commencement Ceremony, students can pick up their tickets in Corbett Family Hall on May 13, 14, 15, and 16. Click here to see the pickup times and more specific information.

Questions about specific Commencement events


What do graduates need to do at the Awards Ceremony?

Invited graduates need to be at Washington Hall at 2 p.m. to check in at the tables on the second floor. At the tables, graduates will pick up a card that will have their name and a seat number on it. Graduates will sit alphabetically.

The ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. Each award recipient will be recognized individually onstage for receiving dean's list honors and/or class awards.

What do graduates need to do at the Prayer Service?

Graduates need to line up in two lines on the sidewalks on the north side of Biolchini Hall by 8:30 a.m. You do not have to be in alphabetical order, but there will be signs to organize you via degree — J.S.D., LL.M., J.D. The procession to the Basilica will start at 8:45 a.m. with the tolling of the Basilica’s bells. You will process down the center aisle of the Basilica. Please be seated while other students process in; the Commencement marshals will let you know when to stand when the faculty walk in.

After the Prayer Service, the graduates in the first pew and onward will follow the faculty out of the Basilica to the steps of the Main Building for a class photograph.

How long is the Prayer Service?

The Prayer Service lasts approximately 40 minutes. Please note that the Prayer Service is not a full Mass.

When is the class photo?

At the conclusion of the Prayer Service, a class photo will be taken on the steps of Notre Dame’s Main Building. Please join your classmates for the photo, even if you choose not to attend the Prayer Service. Come to the steps of the Main Building by 9:40 a.m.

Where is the Law School Hooding Ceremony held?

The Law School Hooding Ceremony is held at the Joyce Center, North Dome.

What do graduates need to do at the Hooding Ceremony?

Graduates need to be in place at 10:30 a.m. More information about the line up process and the ceremony will be communicated in April.

Can I have a family member hood me?

Most graduates are hooded by one of the Notre Dame Law School faculty members onstage. However, you can be hooded onstage by a close family member if that family member is a Notre Dame Law School graduate, a graduate of Notre Dame who obtained his or her J.D. at another law school, a Notre Dame faculty member or academic officer, a member of the judiciary, or a law professor, current or retired, whether at Notre Dame or elsewhere. Please contact Denise Wager, dwager@nd.edu, by April 8 if you would like to have a family member hood you.

I have questions about the University Commencement Mass on Saturday evening and the University Commencement Ceremony on Sunday.

Please refer to the University Commencement website and the FAQs page.

Please note that the main University events listed at the links above are optional and are not controlled or arranged by Notre Dame Law School.

Where can I see the full schedule of events for the Law School Commencement Weekend?

A detailed schedule is located at law.nd.edu/commencement.

Where can I see the full schedule of Commencement events for the overall University?

A detailed schedule can be found at commencement.nd.edu.

Will any of these events be available to watch online?

Yes, several Commencement events will be webcast live. Click here to see the webcast schedule and video links. The Law School's Prayer Service and Diploma & Hooding Ceremony are among the events that you can watch online.

Questions about attire


What is the dress code for the Awards Ceremony?

The dress for the Awards Ceremony is business attire (not your graduation cap and gown). 

How do I get my cap and gown?

You will rent your doctoral gowns, hoods, and tams through the Hammes Bookstore. This year's rental information isn't published yet, but will be available here once it is.

When do I wear my cap and gown?

Your cap and gown are required for the Law School Prayer Service, the Law School Hooding Ceremony, the University Commencement Mass (if attending) and the University Commencement Ceremony (if attending). We suggest that you dress comfortably. For women, typical attire is a dress or a blouse and skirt that is shorter than the gown so it does not hang below the hem. For men, typical attire is dress pants and shirt (tie and jacket are often worn, but are optional).

I am confused about the graduation hood. When do I wear it?

For the Prayer Service, you will wear your hood. The tassel on your cap should be on the left. For the Hooding Ceremony, you will not wear your hood. You will carry the hood over your right arm. Your tassel will be on the left.

Questions about transportation and parking


Visit the Transportation and Parking section of the University's Commencement website. See parking lot locations, campus shuttle schedules, and transportation and parking options for people with mobility issues.

Questions about disability resources


Visit the Disability Resources section of the University's Commencement website. This FAQs page includes information about requesting a wheelchair-accessible van or golf cart on campus.

Questions about on-campus housing


Visit the Where to Stay page of the University's Commencement website. Look at options for on-campus housing in residence halls and buying on-campus meal plans. May 1 is the deadline to request on-campus housing.

I have more questions. Who do I contact?


If you have academic-related questions, please contact Law School Registrar Jenny Fox, jenniferfox@nd.edu.

For questions about event logistics, tickets, communications, and anything else, please contact Denise Wager, dwager@nd.edu.