2017 Commencement


The Commencement of the Notre Dame Class of 2017

The University of Notre Dame celebrated its 172nd Commencement Ceremony Sunday (May 21) inside the Notre Dame Stadium, with an audience of approximately 24,000 family, friends, faculty and graduates.

The ceremony began an hour later than originally scheduled, to keep the celebration in the stadium and avoid rain, which fell even as guests arrived to watch their graduates take to the field. As all 2,081 degrees were conferred and President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., issued his charge, thick, stubborn clouds that had been present for most of the morning finally parted, allowing the sun to shine down on the Class of 2017.

Graduate School degree recipients encouraged to adopt ‘newspaper test’ of personal and professional integrity

Dick Notebaert – chairman emeritus of the University of Notre Dame Board of Trustees and retired chairman and chief executive officer of Qwest Communications – told the University’s Graduate School degree recipients during Saturday’s (May 20) Commencement Ceremony that everyone needs a coach on the path to success, and he offered insights gained from two of his own mentors.

Notre Dame to confer 3,171 degrees this weekend

Degrees will be conferred on 2,081 undergraduates students at Notre Dame’s 172nd University Commencement Ceremony on Sunday. Vice President Mike Pence will be the principal speaker and recipient of an honorary degree. Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles — the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world — will receive the 2017 Laetare (lay-TAH-ray) Medal, the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics.

Important information for Commencement attendees

With the participation of Vice President Mike Pence, additional security measures will be in place at Notre Dame’s 172nd University Commencement ceremony May 21 (Sunday) at Notre Dame Stadium.

Dick Notebaert to address the 2017 Graduate School Commencement Ceremony

Notebaert is the chairman emeritus of the Notre Dame Board of Trustees, and the retired chairman and chief executive officer of Qwest Communications Inc.

C.J. Pine named 2017 valedictorian; José Alberto Suárez selected as salutatorian

Caleb “C.J.” Pine will present the valedictory address during the 172nd University Commencement Ceremony on May 21 (Sunday) at Notre Dame Stadium. As the salutatorian, Suárez will offer the Commencement invocation and will be prepared to deliver a valedictory address should the valedictorian be unable to do so.

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.