Commencement: your questions answered

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By: Mira Costello


   It might seem hard to believe that the end of the year is around the corner, even for those who aren’t graduating. For those that are, April can be even more of a whirlwind. Here are some fast facts about Commencement to help you prepare for and navigate the day, whether you are walking the stage or supporting a friend or family member.

Q: When and where is it?

A: 2022 Commencement, recognizing graduates from December 2021, May 2022 and August 2022, is on Tuesday, May 10 at the University of Notre Dame’s Joyce Center. The procession will begin at 6:00 p.m., and the ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. Those who are graduating should arrive at the field house by 4:45 p.m., or 4:00 if they are getting pictures taken. 

Q: Do I need a ticket?

A: No – there are no tickets for Commencement. Make sure to arrive with plenty of time to find a great seat with your family and friends – seating opens at 5:00 p.m.

Q: What should I bring?

A: If you are graduating, you should only bring your attire and leave your phone and other personal items with a friend or family member.

Q: Do I need to sign up beforehand to get professional photos taken of me?

A: No – a University contractor will take photos of each graduate stepping from the stage with their diploma cover, and graduates will receive proofs and order forms for the photos in the mail. 

Q: Is Commencement accessible?

A: The Joyce Center has limited wheelchair accessible seating. The ceremony will also have live captioning on video screens.

Q: What if I forgot to order my cap and gown?

A: Commencement attire can be ordered from Herff Jones until April 22, but there is a $75 late fee for orders placed after April 15. If you’re in a bind, you should arrive at the Joyce Center at 4:00 p.m. on Commencement day, where you can pay cash for the attire there. A Bachelor’s cap, gown, tassel and stole will cost $180, and the same attire for a Master’s graduate will cost $220. Individual pieces, such as just a tassel or cap, will also be available to purchase. Availability of all items will be limited on Commencement day.

Q: Are there any fun activities for graduates before Commencement?

A: Yes! On May 4, graduates can reserve a two-hour slot to decorate their graduation caps any time from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Supplies will be provided. Graduates and their families can also attend the Graduate Cookout on May 6 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m for dinner and a Titan Toast.

   For more information about what to do on Commencement day, check out the IU South Bend Alumni Relations website. 

   And, from everyone at The Preface: congratulations, graduating Titans! 

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