Through the decades, there have been many events throughout the year that shape the Notre Dame experience. What were your favorite Notre Dame traditions?
Orientation and Move-In Day
Unfamiliar faces, unusual places. . . everything’s bound to look new and different during your first few days of college. That’s why Orientation is 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.
Family Weekend and Honors Convocation
After a whirlwind month of adjusting to new people and places, Family Weekend is a time for you and your family to enjoy each other. The highlight of the weekend, Honors Convocation, provides the opportunity for you to be officially welcomed to Notre Dame.
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.
This event is celebrated annually by each graduating senior class to mark the 100 nights until graduation day.
Notre Dame Day
It’s a day that brings students, faculty and staff together to honor those who made the Dean’s List during first semester and to present special awards to students for leadership, service, and academic achievement.
Is there any other night of the year for which you’d spend months shopping for the perfect dress, days choosing the right shoes and earrings, and hours applying make-up? By the time it’s all over and you’re watching the sun come up, you’ll realize that memories are made of times like this.
Carrying lighted lanterns, sophomores sing a farewell serenade to departing seniors in front of Meletia Hall. Four years draw to a much-awaited end for the graduates.