Notre Dame commencement moved indoors to Joyce Center; will start earlier due to weather

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The University of Notre Dame has announced that due to the high probability of severe weather, the University has moved its 174th Commencement Ceremony to Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center, beginning two hours earlier than scheduled, at 8 a.m. Individual diploma ceremonies also will start earlier than scheduled, at noon Sunday.

Only guests with a red severe weather ticket will be seated in Purcell Pavilion. For guests without a ticket, a closed-circuit broadcast will be available in the north dome of the Joyce Center; in auditoriums in the DeBartolo Hall classroom building, Jordan Hall of Science and Compton Family Ice Arena; and on commencement.nd.edu and WNIT2 (Channel 34.2).

Doors to the center will open at 7 a.m. There will be no procession by the graduates or faculty, who may enter through any door and seat themselves beginning at 7 a.m.

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Officials at the University of Notre Dame say Sunday's commencement ceremony will now be two hours earlier, citing the threat of inclement weather.

The ceremony will begin at 8 a.m. tentatively in Notre Dame Stadium, but a final decision will be made at 6 a.m. Sunday regarding if commencement should be moved inside Purcell Pavilion. University officials say that announcement will be made via email to faculty and students, as well as on the university's home page and social media accounts.

Gates will open at 7 a.m. for either venue. If the ceremony is in the stadium, graduates are asked to enter through the north (Rockne) gate and seat themselves beginning at 7.