Commencement to be Extended to Two Days Due to Record Number of Gradua

Commencement to be Extended to Two Days Due to Record Number of Graduates

To accommodate a record number of graduates and preserve the individual attention that is a hallmark of a Notre Dame College education, the College’s commencement ceremonies for 2013 will take place over two days─Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5.

Also for the first time, all aspects of the graduation celebration will take place on the South Euclid campus.

A total of more than 250 students are expected to graduate at the end of the 2012-2013 academic year compared to about 160 last year.

“While the College has increased its enrollment substantially over the past few years, we continue to value a low student-faculty ratio that fosters a warm personal atmosphere and the individual attention that contributes to success,” said Nicholas R. Santilli, Ph.D., Notre Dame vice president of academic and student affairs. “Extending our commencement ceremonies over two days this year will allow our students to celebrate, in a much more meaningful way, not only the conclusion of this phase of their College careers but also the bonds they have developed with their professors and other members of the campus community.”

Notre Dame has sustained record enrollment in each of the last eight years and is one of the fastest growing colleges in the nation in its Carnegie Commission on Higher Education classification. From 878 students in 2001 to 2,250 in 2012-2013, the College has grown by 240 percent over the decade.

Graduate Ceremony 2013

Master’s degrees will be conferred to about 60 students─nearly twice as many as last year─at 4:30 p.m. May 4, in Regina Auditiorium, followed by a reception in the lobby of the Administration Building.

Undergraduate Ceremony 2013

About 180 students, compared to about 130 last year, are expected to receive degrees during the College’s undergraduate commencement ceremony at 2:30 p.m. May 5, in Regina Auditorium on the campus. The conferring of bachelor’s and associate degrees will be followed by an outdoor reception on the College’s Quinlivan Circle. In case of rain, the undergraduate reception will be in the campus Keller Center.

The College will conduct its Baccalaureate Liturgy at 10:30 a.m. May 5─on campus this year─also in Regina Auditorium. The Mass, during which graduates receive hoods for their academic gowns, previously was conducted at St. Gregory the Great Church at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish.


For 90 years, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers 22 NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.


Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid.