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The University holds its commencement ceremony and confers degrees the last weekend of May. Students who have completed their degree requirements the previous August and December are invited to participate in this annual event.

Application for Graduation

All students must file a graduation application to initiate the graduation process, whether they plan to participate in the commencement ceremony or not. Filing the application will initiate a formal review of credits and requirements by the registrar's staff. Participation in commencement exercises requires the fulfillment of all degree requirements.


The deadlines for submitting the graduation application are as follows:

  • October 15: May graduation, applications
  • April 15: August graduation, applications
  • June 15: December graduation, applications

Failure to submit this application on time will result in postponement of the conferring of the degree until the next graduation period.

A student with an outstanding financial obligation to the University will not receive the diploma or an official transcript until all obligations have been met.

Honors at Graduation

Degrees with Latin honors are conferred on students who achieve the following grade point average based on work at Notre Dame:

  • For the distinction Summa Cum Laude: 3.90
  • For the distinction Magna Cum Laude: 3.70
  • For the distinction Cum Laude: 3.50

To earn honors at graduation, students must earn a minimum of 60 credits in graded coursework at Notre Dame. This excludes credits earned in Pass/Fail courses (including standardized testing, petitioning for credit and transfer). Students are limited to four Pass (P) grades on graded (A-F) courses.