The class of 2022 endured much, achieved much, and is poised to take their place as the newest alumni of Our Lady's University.

Commencement honors the work of scholars in all disciplines. These women and men have worked to acquire and create knowledge to be a force for good in the world, in keeping with the Notre Dame mission. This page details the celebration and reflection of #ND2022, from the preparations made for this momentous occasion, to the stories of those participating in the ceremonies, to the sights and sounds of the ceremony itself.

Standing graduates wearing black graduation robes and caps clap and cheer.

Commencement Recap

Relive the sights, sounds and memorable moments of the University's 177th commencement ceremony, May 15, 2022.

Archbishop Borys Gudziak wears navy blue commencement regalia of the University of Notre Dame as he speaks at a podium at a commencement ceremony. Others wearing the same robes sit behind him.

Archbishop Borys Gudziak: Commencement Address

Sharon Lavigne, a Black woman wearing the navy blue commencement regalia of the University of Notre Dame, speaks at a podium with the seal of the University on it.

Sharon Lavigne: Laetare Acceptance

Devin Diggs, a man wearing a black graduation robe with a number of academic cords and stoles in blue and gold, speaks at a podium.

Devin Diggs: Valedictory Address

Solidarity with Ukraine

In a touching moment, graduates waved Ukrainian flags in a show of support as Ukrainian Metropolitan-Archbishop Borys Gudziak prepared to deliver the commencement address.

Graduates wave Ukrainian flags in tribute to Archbishop Borys Gudziak as he approaches the podium to give the Commencement address at the 2022 Commencement ceremony.

Sights of #ND2022

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Graduates and families on Main Quad take a selfie. Graduates wearing black graduation robes sing the Alma Mater at the end of the 2022 Commencement ceremony. A close up, focused shot of a Notre Dame diploma leather book in the foreground. The Golden Dome out of focus in the background. Bryanna Beamer, a Black woman and a Master of Global Affairs graduate, receives her diploma from University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. at the 2022 Graduate School Commencement ceremony. Silhouettes of graduate caps. The Word of Life Mural also known as Touchdown Jesus in the background. Former Notre Dame Student Body President Allan Njomo celebrates at the end of the 2022 Commencement ceremony. Two graduates hug each other during Commencement. Graduates wave Ukrainian flags in tribute to Archbishop Borys Gudziak as he receives an honorary degree at the 2022 Commencement ceremony. Archbishop Borys Gudziak wearing a navy blue commencement regalia of the University of Notre Dame throws a football during his remarks at the Commencement 2022 ceremony. A White female grauate wearing a black cap with a yellow tassel smiles for the camera while wearing large, white heart-shaped sunglasses with Notre Dame buttons on each lens. Fr. Jenkins, a White man wearing a white priest robe with a dark blue trimming, speaks in front of a audience in front of a podium during a Mass. Ph.D. graduates watch and smile during the 2022 Graduate School Commencement ceremony.

Jerome Bettis, a Black man wearing a black graduation robe speaks at a podium.

A Surprise Handoff

Fr. Jenkins turned the microphone over to Jerome Bettis '22 to offer some words of inspiration to his fellow graduates.

Last Visit to the Grotto

On May 12, seniors made their last visit to the Grotto together as a class. The event marks the end of Senior Week and the beginning of Commencement Weekend.

A large group of Notre Dame seniors gather at the Grotto for a prayer service during Senior Week 2022.
Students walking around on campus sidewalks.

What advice would you give your freshman self?

A look up a sidewalk to the Notre Dame Main Building. Trees and shubs on both sides of the sidewalk.

What will you miss most about Notre Dame?

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Student Stories

Here is a selection of profiles of students receiving their degrees as part of #ND2022.

Archbishop Borys Gudziak, Archeparch of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia, standing in front of a podium.

Commencement Speaker

Archbishop Borys Gudziak

News Release Podcast

Devin Diggs, a black man, and Morgan La Sala, a white woman, poses for a photo. Devin is wearing a gray suit with a black tie, and Morgan wears a blue blazer and white top.

Valedictorian & Salutatorian

Devin Diggs, Morgan La Sala

Profiles Podcast

Sharon Lavigne, a black woman wears a red sweater and cross necklace stands in front of a chemical plant looking off camera.

Laetare Medalist

Sharon Lavigne

Profile Video

Motion blurred graduates exit Notre Dame Stadium.

Notre Dame to confer 3,344 degrees

The University of Notre Dame will confer 3,344 degrees May 14 and 15 during Commencement weekend activities, including the 177th University Commencement Ceremony in Notre Dame Stadium on Sunday.

A group of people, some blurred in motion, inside of a conference room stand and sit around a table and prepare diplomas.

Photo Essay

Preparing for Commencement 2022

The entire campus is mobilized each year to welcome graduates and guests for commencement.