Notre Dame College 2017 Graduation Ceremonies Set for May 6

Notre Dame College will celebrate its graduating classes of 2017 with three separate commencement ceremonies on the first Saturday in May.

Bachelor’s degrees will be conferred at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6, with master’s degrees awarded at 6 p.m., all in Regina Auditorium on the College campus.

Students earning undergraduate degrees in the Division of Arts and Humanities and Division of Business Administration commence during the morning ceremony, while those in the Division of Science and Mathematics, Division of Professional Education and Division of Nursing receive their diplomas at the afternoon event.

The evening program is for all graduates earning advanced degrees, in education and national security intelligence studies.

Tickets are required for both undergraduate programs. The undergraduate ceremonies are followed by an open reception on the Administration Building lawn, or in the Keller Center in case of rain. The graduate ceremony is followed by an open reception on the Regina Lawn, on the east side of the auditorium, or in the Regina Gym in case of rain.

Notre Dame’s commencement also features a Baccalaureate Hooding Ceremony and Mass at 4 p.m. Friday, May 5, in Regina Auditorium for the undergraduates earning degrees. Tickets are not required for this event.

The College’s Division of Nursing will conduct its pinning ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, May 5, in Christ the King Chapel, followed by a reception in the Great Room of the Administration Building.

Another Notre Dame tradition that marks the end of each school year is its Honors Convocation. About 75 students, not just graduating seniors, are expected to receive academic honors during the program at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, in Christ the King Chapel.

The College also bestows its Distinguished Faculty and Outstanding Teaching awards at the event, which is followed by a reception in the Administration Building foyer.

In addition, Notre Dame will honor its undergraduate and graduate commencement award winners during the respective ceremonies. The student receiving the St. Catherine of Alexandria Award will address the graduating class during the master’s degree ceremony, while the graduates earning the Sr. Mary Agnes Bosche Award, the Sr. Mary LeRoy Finn Award will speak during both undergraduate ceremonies.

The student recognized with the Notre Dame Mission Award also will be recognized during the two undergraduate programs.

Details of the award recipients will be made available on the College website.

Additional information about commencement ceremonies also is online at

30 March 2017


About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, 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 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. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or


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