2017 Commencement


Seven to receive Notre Dame honorary degrees

Six distinguished men and women in the sciences, religion, business and architecture will join principal speaker Vice President Mike Pence as honorary degree recipients at the University of Notre Dame’s 172nd University Commencement Ceremony on May 21 (Sunday).

Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries, to receive Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal

Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California, will receive the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal — the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics — at Notre Dame’s 172nd University commencement ceremony on May 21 (Sunday).

Vice President Mike Pence to be honored as Notre Dame’s 172nd Commencement speaker

Vice President Mike Pence will receive an honorary degree and serve as principal speaker at the University of Notre Dame’s 172nd commencement ceremony May 21 (Sunday). He becomes the first vice president of the United States to deliver the commencement address at Notre Dame.

“It is fitting that in the 175th year of our founding on Indiana soil that Notre Dame recognize a native son who served our state and now the nation with quiet earnestness, moral conviction and a dedication to the common good characteristic of true statesmen,” said Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. “With his own brand of reserved dignity, Mike Pence instilled confidence on the state level then, and on the world stage now. We are proud to welcome him to represent the new administration.”

Notre Dame’s University Commencement Ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 21, 2017 in Notre Dame Stadium.

Media wishing to cover the event should arrive to the media entrance at the west end of Notre Dame Stadium at 8 a.m. for check-in and credentialing. PLEASE BRING TWO FORMS OF ID – INCLUDING ONE VALID PRESS ID.

Credentialed media will be escorted to a press platform on the stadium floor, with video cameras on the platform and seating nearby, or you are welcome to view and record the ceremony from the stadium press box. An audio mult box will be available at the media platform for sound.

Please note: There will be NO ROAMING ON THE FLOOR during the ceremony.

In the event of inclement weather, Commencement will be moved indoors to the Joyce Center Purcell Pavilion.

Questions? Contact Sue Lister by email or phone, 574-631-7916.