Commencement 2018


General University Information

Visit the University’s main commencement website for more information on planning your trip to campus.

Commencement Weekend Schedule

Friday, May 18

Awards Day (by invitation)
Location: Washington Hall
Dress code: Professional

  • 2:00 p.m.: Graduates assemble
  • 2:30 p.m.: Awards ceremony begins
  • 3:30 p.m.: Light reception and family and friends photographs in Eck Atrium

Saturday, May 19

Prayer Service
Location: Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Dress code: full academic regalia

  • 9:00 a.m.: Graduates assemble on sidewalk outside Biolchini Hall north doors, Basilica opens to guests (tickets required only for guests)
  • 9:15 a.m.: Academic procession to Basilica
  • 9:30 a.m.: Law School Prayer Service begins.

Immediately following prayer service, the Law School class picture will be taken on the steps of the Main Building.

Location: Eck Hall of Law
*10:30 a.m.: Brunch begins (tickets required)

Diploma and Hooding Ceremony
Location: Hesburgh Library Reflecting Pool (Inclement weather location: Joyce Center North Dome)
Dress code: full academic regalia

  • 12:00 p.m.: Graduates assemble in alphabetical order
  • 12:30 p.m.: Law School Diploma and Hooding ceremony begins
  • 2:00 p.m.: Estimated completion of ceremony

University Commencement Mass (optional)

  • 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

Sunday, May 20

University Commencement Ceremony (optional)

  • 8:15 a.m.: Degree candidates assemble for academic procession, with Law School banner carriers in front of line
  • 9:30 a.m.: University Commencement procession begins
  • 10:00 a.m.: University Commencement ceremony begins

Class Photo on the Main Building Steps