Through the decades, there have been many events throughout the year that shape the Notre Dame experience. What were your favorite Notre Dame traditions?
Move-In Day and Welcome Week
Unfamiliar faces, unusual places ... everything’s bound to look new and different during your first few days of college. That’s why Welcome Week and Move-in Day are designed with you in mind. You'll meet new students, discover new sights in the city and meet your academic advisors.
Each September, alumnae and alumni return to campus to reconnect with fellow alums and faculty members and celebrate with friends and family, with special attention given to the class celebrating its 50th Reunion. Among the highlights of the weekend are the Crab Feast, the Reunion Luncheon and Awards Ceremony and dinner and dancing at Saturday’s Evening Celebration.
After the whirlwind of adjusting to new people and places, Family Weekend is a time for you and your family to catch up and enjoy each other.
This special ceremony formally welcomes new students into the Notre Dame academic community. You'll recite the honor pledge with your classmates.
To ring in the holiday season, students, faculty and staff join together in Doyle Hall to bless and decorate a tree. In this candlelight ceremony, each student organization places a decoration on the tree, followed by the annual Christmas dinner served by faculty and staff. After dinner, if you like to sing Christmas carols, you and your classmates will have a joyous time. You’ll get to contribute your own versions of the season’s songs.
After finals are done and students have headed home for Christmas, faculty and staff come together for lunch and caroling. The highlight of the celebration is our unique take on The 12 Days of Christmas!
Do you want to continue your quest for knowledge in a mini-semester? Winterim (Winter Interim, during break time in January) allows you an innovative outlet for learning. Take a class to satisfy a special interest. Do independent study. Go on field trips or a short term academic experience abroad. Intern for a company.
Every year, the graduating seniors gather for a reception in the beautiful Noyes Alumnae House and a formal dinner in Doyle Hall, marking the 100 nights until Commencement.
Notre Dame Day
This special day brings students, faculty and staff together to honor those who made the Dean’s List during first semester and to present awards to students for leadership, service and academic achievement.
A long-standing tradition, the students have a final lunch with faculty and staff. Department awards are also given out.