Commencement Information 2016


Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from Notre Dame Law School. We are excited to celebrate your achievements and hard work, and are honored to share this memorable occasion with you and your families.

The Commencement page will give you updated information about Commencement Weekend and important due dates. We will be making updates as graduation gets closer, so please continue to check back. Follow us on Facebook (Notre Dame Law School) and Twitter (@NDLaw), with #NDLS2016 for late-breaking updates.

Due to weather NDLS Commencement today will now be held in Joyce North. Please enter gate 3.

NDLS Commencement Weekend 2016 Schedule

Prize Day Friday, May 13th


12:30 p.m.        Awards Ceremony and photographs
                         Morris Inn Ballroom

Law School Ceremonies Saturday, May 14th

9:30 a.m.         Law School Prayer
                        Basilica of the Sacred Heart

12:30 p.m.       Law School Diploma and Hooding
                        Ceremony Joyce North
5:00 p.m.         University Commencement Mass
                        Joyce Center Purcell Pavilion

University Ceremonies Day Sunday, May 15th

9:00 a.m.         University Commencement Ceremony
                        Notre Dame Stadium

Doctoral Attire Rentals

Order regalia at or by contacting Trish Aschenbrenner at, or at 574-631-1399. Orders must be placed by April 24. 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 12 and 13 (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 14 (starting at 8 a.m.).

Return your rental gown after the ceremony to the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore on Sunday, May 15 (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) or Monday, May 16 to Wednesday, May 18 (8 a.m. to 9 p.m.). Late fees will be assessed for gowns not returned by the deadline.

For questions about attire rentals, please email or call 574-631-1399.

Be a part of the University of Notre Dame tradition by wearing the Stole of Gratitude and presenting it to those who have made a significant difference in your life.

Ticket Distribution

Tickets are not necessary for the Law School diploma ceremony or the University Commencement Mass.

Tickets for the Sunday University Commencement Ceremony will be available at the Hammes Bookstore on May 12 from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and on May 13 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

2016 Prize Day

Prize Day Friday, May 13th


Graduating Notre Dame Law students will be honored during “Prize Day” with awards for activities ranging from academic performance to service to the Notre Dame and greater community.

12:00 p.m.     Graduates assemble in alpha order
                       Morris Inn Ballroom lobby

12:30 p.m.      Awards Ceremony
                       Morris Inn Ballroom

NDLS Commencement Ceremony

Law School Ceremonies Saturday, May 14th

8:45 a.m.        Graduates assemble outside of Biolchini Hall of Law on the north side in full academic attire
                       Basilica of the Sacred Heart opens to guests (tickets required)

9:15 a.m.        Academic Procession to Basilica of the Sacred Heart

9:30 a.m.        Law School Prayer Service begins at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart
                       Law School Class Picture immediately following on the steps of the Main Building

10:30 a.m.      Brunch begins in Eck Hall (tickets required)

12:00 p.m.      Graduates assemble in alphabetical order and in academic attire at Joyce North

12:30 p.m.      Law School Diploma and Hooding Ceremony begins, Joyce North

2:00 p.m.        Estimated completion of Ceremony

University Commencement Mass and Ceremony

commencement page image

University Ceremonies Saturday, May 14th

3:45 p.m.        Law Students Assemble for
                       Academic Procession for
                       Commencement Mass
                       Joyce Center Gyms, doors open at
                       3:30 p.m.

4:30 p.m.        Academic Procession begins
                       Joyce Center Purcell Pavilion

5:00 p.m.        University Commencement Mass
                       Joyce Center Purcell Pavilion
                       Overflow—North Dome (live video screens)

University Ceremonies Sunday, May 15th

7:15 a.m.        Law Students Assemble for Academic Procession for University Commecement
                       Enter the north entrance of Hesburgh Library
                       Law School Banner carrier students are in front of the line

9:00 a.m.        University Commencement Procession

9:30 a.m.        University Commencement Ceremony, Notre Dame Stadium

11:30 a.m.       Estimated completion of Ceremony

University Commencement Security

Due to the participation of Laetare Medal co-recipient Vice President Joe Biden, additional security measures will be in place at the University Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 15.

Guests are encouraged to arrive early due to expected delays as everyone will be required to pass through security checkpoints operated by U.S. Secret Service personnel. All attendees must have a ticket for admission. Guests can enter beginning at 7 a.m. through Gate A on the stadium’s northeast corner and Gate C on the south end.

Many common items will be prohibited at Commencement, including umbrellas; purses or bags larger than 12 by 12 by 12 inches; personal seatbacks; backpacks; signs or banners; unopened packages or gifts of any kind; containers including bottles, cans or thermoses; coolers; grocery bags, tote bags, duffel bags and more.

Attendees are encouraged to carefully check their belongings before entering the security checkpoint lines.

For more detailed information about the security measures visit Commencement Security.

Transportation and Parking

Please visit the University Transportation and Parking page for updated information.

Commencement DVD


Each year, many of the University Commencement ceremonies are professionally videotaped and made available for purchase on DVD including the Law School prayer service and graduation ceremony. Visit the Commencement DVD information page for order information.