Notre Dame commencement ceremony to begin two hours earlier at 8 a.m.

Author: Dennis Brown

Commencement 2018. Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame.

Due to the threat of inclement weather, the University of Notre Dame’s 174th University Commencement Ceremony on Sunday (May 19) will begin two hours earlier than scheduled, at 8 a.m., tentatively in Notre Dame Stadium.

A final decision on whether to hold the ceremony in the stadium or in Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center will be communicated at 6 a.m. Sunday via email to faculty, staff and students; on the University’s home page (; and through official University social media accounts (@NotreDame on Twitter and University of Notre Dame on Facebook).

The gates to either venue will open at 7 a.m. There will be no procession by the graduates or faculty. If the ceremony is in the stadium, graduates should enter through the north (Rockne) gate and seat themselves beginning at 7. If the ceremony moves to the Joyce Center, they can enter through any gate.

Individual diploma ceremonies also will start earlier than scheduled, at noon Sunday.