2016 Commencement Information

Guest Access and Seating


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Prohibited Items inside Notre Dame Stadium

Items Prohibited at the Sunday morning University Commencement Ceremony include:

  • Air horns
  • Alcohol of any kind
  • Backpacks
  • Balloons, beach balls, or frisbees
  • Containers of any type—glass bottles (perfume, drink bottles, etc.), cans or thermoses
  • Coolers, grocery bags, tote bags, or duffel bags
  • Drones: The University prohibits any use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), or Drones, on campus. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prohibits the operation of any UAS within a 5 mile radius of an airport. Given the University’s proximity to the South Bend International Airport (SBN), any use of UAS on campus is strictly prohibited.
  • e-Cigarettes, matches, lighters, smoking, or tobacco
  • Explosives or fireworks
  • Food or beverage
  • Laser lights or pointers
  • Leatherman or similar tools
  • Mace or pepper spray
  • Metal objects
  • Portable seatbacks
  • Any object that can be used as a projectile
  • Purses or bags larger than 12”x12”x12”
  • Selfie Sticks, poles, or tripods
  • Sharp and/or pointed objects
  • Signs, banners, or posters
  • Spray containers, aerosols, or flammable liquids
  • Umbrellas
  • Unopened packages of any kind (i.e. graduation presents).
  • Weapons of any kind, including but not limited to guns, ammunition or knives (regardless of size)

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Security measures announced for 2016 University Commencement Ceremony

Due to the participation of Laetare Medal co-recipient Vice President Joe Biden, additional security measures will be in place at the University of Notre Dame’s 171st University Commencement Ceremony May 15 (Sunday) at Notre Dame Stadium.

The academic processional will begin at approximately 9 a.m., but guests are encouraged to arrive early due to expected delays as everyone will be required to pass through airport-style security checkpoints operated by U.S. Secret Service personnel. All attendees must have a ticket for admission. Guests can enter beginning at 7 a.m. through Gate A on the stadium’s northeast corner and Gate C on the south end.

Many common items will be prohibited at Commencement, including umbrellas; purses or bags larger than 12 by 12 by 12 inches; personal seatbacks; backpacks; signs or banners; unopened packages or gifts of any kind; containers of any type including bottles, cans or thermoses; coolers; grocery bags, tote bags, duffel bags and more. Strollers are permitted and will be subject to screening by U.S. Secret Service personnel, which may cause a delay in stadium entry. For a complete list of prohibited items, visit commencement.nd.edu/commencement-weekend/ceremony-tickets/prohibited-items/.

Attendees are encouraged to check carefully their belongings before entering the security checkpoint lines. Storage will not be provided for items prohibited for admission, meaning prohibited items must be discarded or returned to a personal vehicle. Water and other beverages will be available for purchase at stadium concession stands.

If severe weather is a concern, the decision to move the ceremony indoors will be announced by 10:30 p.m. May 14 (Saturday) to allow the Secret Service sufficient time to move security checkpoints to the Joyce Center. This decision will be broadly communicated via the NDAlert system, through local news outlets, email messages, online at commencement.nd.edu and on University social media accounts.

In the case of severe weather, graduating students will need their “graduate ticket” to enter the Joyce Center. Participating faculty will need their “faculty ticket,” and guests will be required to have a “severe weather” ticket. General admission tickets will not be honored if the ceremony is moved to the Joyce Center.

Courtesy of University of Notre Dame Media Relations
By Sue Lister

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Newly appointed Vice President

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Mike Seamon, associate vice president for campus safety at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed the University’s first vice president for campus safety and event management, Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves announced Friday (April 29).

In the newly created position, Seamon will continue to lead Notre Dame Security Police, the Notre Dame Fire Department, the Risk Management and Safety Department and football Game Day Operations and emergency management, and he will take on oversight of the multiple components associated with event space on campus.

“From his days as a student at Notre Dame to roles with ever-increasing responsibility over the past 19 years, Mike has demonstrated superb organizational skills, an aptitude for anticipating challenges and the ability to work effectively with all members of the campus community,” Affleck-Graves said. “He is ideally suited to address what is a growing and critical need on campus, and I am pleased that he has accepted this new assignment.”

Said Seamon: “I am extremely grateful to Father John (Jenkins) and John Affleck-Graves for this opportunity to continue to serve the University in this new capacity. I’m excited and look forward to collaborating with the campus community, our alumni, guests and the broader region, particularly as the Campus Crossroads Project comes to life in 2017.”

Approximately 75 venues in 30 buildings are currently used for various events on campus, yet there is no centralized mechanism for booking, assigning space, coordinating setup, providing technology or other resources. The opening next year of several more such facilities in the Campus Crossroad Project surrounding Notre Dame Stadium will compound the problem.

Seamon has been charged with unifying the process associated with management of major events for all faculty, staff, students and outside groups that are planning and hosting conferences and other gatherings on campus. In addition, he will play an active role in the coordination of major institutional events, such as commencement, alumni reunion weekend, football game day operations, Junior Parents Weekend and University milestone celebrations.

A graduate of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in management and a master of business administration degree, Seamon has served at his alma mater since 1997 after previously working as director of sales and marketing for the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball.

Prior to his current position, Seamon was assistant vice president for university events, executive assistant to the executive vice president — for both Affleck-Graves and Rev. Timothy Scully, C.S.C. — and executive assistant to the vice president of finance and the vice president of business operations.

Seamon is a graduate of the South Bend/Mishawaka Leadership Program and has served as chair of the Logan Center’s Foundation Board of Trustees and on the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Club of St. Joseph County.

Courtesy of University of Notre Dame
By Dennis Brown

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Blue Gold Parking and Gate Acess


  • All lots open at 8 am ET for the annual spring Blue Gold game.
  • Parking is free on a first come, first served basis.
  • Fans and guests can refer to the below maps for shuttle and accessibility information.
  • Gates A, C, and E will open to the public at 11:30 am ET.
  • The game kicks off at 12:30 pm ET on NBCSN at Notre Dame Stadium.
  • Tickets can be purchased at Murnane Family Ticket Office at Gate 9 Purcell Pavilion at Joyce Center at 8:30 am ET.
  • Be sure to check out what’s happening on campus!

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The 27th Shirt Unveiled

Since 1990, The Shirt has become part of the history of Notre Dame football and fans all around the world. Coach Brian Kelly and The 27th Shirt committee unveiled the 2016 The Shirt at Hammes Bookstore before the annual spring Blue Gold game! This year’s shirt is in tribute to Father Ted Hesburgh. Be sure to check out the wonderful history, tradition, and support The Shirt purchases provide!

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Blue Gold 2016

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Saturday’s annual spring Blue Gold game kicks off at 12:30 pm ET at Notre Dame Stadium. At 11:30 am ET fans and guests can enter the stadium through Gates A, C, and E. General admission (GA) tickets are available online through Murnane Family Ticket Office for advance purchase. Walk up GA tickets will also be sold on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am ET at Gate 9 of Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center. Opportunities to upgrade your experience or purchase tickets for gold seats or to Listen to Lou Holtz speak are also available.

All parking lots will be open at 8 am ET and are first come, first served basis to fans and guests. The parking will be free for the Blue Gold game and events across campus. White Field parking will be available with shuttles running to Hesburgh Library. Bulla Lot will be available for accessible parking with shuttle access.

Be sure to view all events across campus while you are planning your trip and day at Notre Dame! Follow @gamedayND on Twitter for updates!

  • Don’t forget the 2016 The Shirt will be unveiled Friday, April 15th at 6 pm ET at Hammes Bookstore by head football Coach Brian Kelly. The 27th shirt festivities will begin at 4 pm ET.
  • Are you looking for a guided, scenic run to start your morning on campus? Join #NDgameday for Game Day Run Club at 8 am ET!

Check out Notre Dame Stadium’s Bag Policy and general stadium policies prior to your visit!

We look forward to your visit to campus and if you have any questions or feedback, please email us at gameday@nd.edu.

Go Irish!

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Blue Gold Run Club

Registration is OPEN!


Join Game Day Operations and the Notre Dame Triathlon Team for Game Day Run Club on Saturday, April 16th for a guided, scenic running tour of campus prior to the annual spring Blue Gold game.

The run will begin at 8:00 AM ET, with check-in opening at 7:30 AM at Gate 3 of the north dome at the Joyce Center. Runners will divide into pace groups to head out for a beautiful run through Notre Dame’s historic campus. Along the run, participants will see a variety of campus highlights, including the Golden Dome, the Basilica, the Grotto, South Quad, Library Quad, Athletics facilities, campus lakes, and more! Runs will last between 30 minutes and 45 minutes, adjusting to each group’s pace. After the run, participants will return to the north dome of the Joyce Center to retrieve their belongings and enjoy post-run treats before heading out to enjoy Game Day!

Participants may park in the C-1 Lot or Bulla Lots.

Registration is OPEN!

Be sure to check back on our website and on our Twitter page for more information while planning your trip to campus and leading up to Blue Gold.

Schedule of events during the Blue Gold weekend is available to help plan your time on campus!

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Men's Swimming NCAA Championship

Keys To the Meet: Men’s NCAA Championship

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame men’s swimming program sent several team members to Atlanta, Georgia, this week for the 2016 NCAA Championship. The meet will be held March 23-26 at the McAuley Aquatic Center, on the campus of Georgia Tech.

Swimming prelims start at 10 a.m. ET and continue throughout the day. Wednesday’s final session, Thursday’s swimming (prelims and finals), and Friday and Saturday morning swim sessions will be live-streamed on NCAA.com, while the finals sessions will be streamed through ESPN3.com on Friday and Saturday. All finals sessions start at 6 p.m. ET. Full recaps from the meet will be posted on und.com.

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ND Fencing NCAA Championships

Keys To The Meet: NCAA Championships
Irish look to capture program’s ninth national title this weekend

March 23, 2016

By Joanne Norell

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — A ninth NCAA title will be in the sights of the University of Notre Dame fencing program as the Irish send 12 competitors to compete for the national championship this weekend in Waltham, Massachusetts.

WHAT: NCAA Championships
WHERE: Gosman Sports and Convocation Center | Waltham, Mass.
WHEN: March 24-27, 2016
WATCH: Semifinals and Championships streamed on ESPN3

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The Fighting Irish in the Top 16

How Sweet It Is……

NCAA tourney time is here as March Madness unfolds and Notre Dame athletics are representing their teams and campus this Friday, March 25th in their respective sporting events in the Sweet 16 and the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship. Be sure to support the teams and wish them the luck of the Irish! #WeAreND

Hockey versus Michigan

  • 5:30 PM ET
  • on ESPNU/WatchESPN
  • U.S. Bank Arena
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
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Men’s Basketball versus Wisconsin

  • 7:27 PM ET
  • on TBS
  • Wells Fargo Center
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Women’s Basketball versus Stanford

  • 9:30 PM ET
  • on ESPN
  • Rupp Arena
  • Lexington, Kentucky
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Go Irish!

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Notre Dame Game Day


As the Fighting Irish spring football practices are under way, fans and guests of the University are preparing for their fall football excursions to Notre Dame. Game Day Operations’ goal is to equip fans and guests with all the resources and information they are seeking while exploring their travel opportunities and how each want to devote their time while on campus.

In 2009, Game Day Operations was created and charged with overseeing all aspects of home football and Shamrock Series weekends. The Game Day Operations team recognizes how extraordinary the game weekend experience is for Irish fans and visiting guests and are committed to creating an unforgettable weekend for all those on campus each weekend. A crucial part of achieving this is through remarkable hospitality and guest services, providing information and resources, and inviting everyone to customize THEIR visit to campus by “Welcoming them to Notre Dame!”

In addition to our website dedicated to provide a one stop shop to ascertain everything that is Notre Dame for home football game weekends, Game Day updates are available at:

The football weekend experience at Notre Dame is among those most celebrated in college athletics. All involved are both proud of their work and committed to making the experience even better each season. Anyone with specific comments, concerns, or suggestions are invited to share them with the University by e-mailing us at gameday@nd.edu or calling our toll-free automated voicemail system at: (877) ND1-FANS.

We look forward to seeing you on campus this fall during the 2016 home Irish football season!

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Blue Gold Game

Ticket Sales

Tickets for the Blue Gold Game go on sale today at 8:30am. General admission and reserved Gold seat tickets will be available for purchase. For further information, please visit the Murnane Family Ticket Office or call 574-631-7356.

The Blue Gold game will be held on Saturday, April 16th at 12:30pm in Notre Dame Stadium.

Stadium tours will also be available leading up to the game at select times, with the exception of Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16th.

For events and updates across campus, visit gameday.nd.edu and follow us on Twitter @gamedayND!

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Blue Gold Ticket Sales

Annual spring game at Notre Dame Stadium


Tickets for the Blue Gold Game will go on sale Thursday, March 10th at 8:30am. General admission and reserved Gold seat tickets will be available for purchase. There will not be a brunch this year. For further information, please visit the Murnane Family Ticket Office or call 574-631-7356.

The Blue Gold game will be held on Saturday, April 16th at 12:30pm in Notre Dame Stadium.

Stadium tours will also be available leading up to the game at select times, with the exception of Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16th.

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Stadium Tours

Blue Gold Game Stadium Tours

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 8th at 8:30am for Notre Dame football stadium tours during the Blue Gold Football Game week. The Blue Gold game will begin at 12:30pm ET on Saturday, April 16th at Notre Dame Stadium.

Thursday, April 14th: Tours will take place at 10:00am, 10:30am, 12:00pm, and 12:30pm.

Friday and Saturday, April 15th and 16th: No Tours will be offered.

For updates, please visit und.com/tours. Additional Game Day and weekend updates are available at gameday.nd.edu or @gamedayND on Twitter.

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2016 Notre Dame Football Travel Packages

Anthony Travel Announces Fan Travel Packages


Anthony Travel has been the official Notre Dame travel partner since 1991. In anticipation of the 2016 Notre Dame Football season, Fan Travel Packages are now available to support and cheer for the Fighting Irish!

There are classic rivalry and first time opponent games that will take place in Notre Dame Stadium, along with incredible away game locations to visit, and The Shamrock Series Weekend in San Antonio. Home and away travel packages offer hotel accommodations, a game ticket, and more. Here is an opportunity to have the complete Notre Dame Football experience with fellow Irish fans!

Additional information can be found at notredametravel.com!


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Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.


February 26th marks the one-year anniversary of the passing of Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C,. He passed at the age of 97 and his life and memory was honored and celebrated on Notre Dame’s campus and beyond in March 2015. As we continue to remember, honor, and celebrate the President emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, where he served for 35 years, our campus and community will host special events in Fr. Ted’s honor.

WNIT will air the television program “Requiem for a Legend: Remembering Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.,” at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 21 and again at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 26.

All are invited to attend the Father Hesburgh Memorial Concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 26 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Music will be performed by the Notre Dame Liturgical Choir, Folk Choir, Celebration Choir, Basilica Schola, and Coro Primavera. Words of remembrance will also be offered by Rev. Austin Collins, C.S.C., religious superior of Congregation of Holy Cross priests and brothers at Notre Dame and a longtime friend of Father Hesburgh. The free concert will be streamed live online here.

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